Ricky Ponting should retire if he fails again, feels Ian Healy

Ricky Ponting has not scored a half century since the Ashes in December last year Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Sydney: Nov 20, 2011

Former Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy believes that Ricky Ponting should retire from international cricket if he fails again in the ongoing Test series in South Africa.

Healy was quoted in The Daily Telegraph as saying, “That s what I hope happens, but watching him last night he s double guessing where he thinks the ball might go, he s double guessing where he wants the ball to go,”

In the South Africa tour, Ponting has been out lbw in almost on four occasions which has been a cause of concern for the veteran. Even Healy was surprised at the newly found drawbacks in Ponting s technique.

He said, “There are faults that have never been in his technique before and I don t like his statistics from the past 12 months. No one who has played for as long as he has should be averaging in the teens.”

“I think it s a pretty easy decision. He s been on the wane for some time now and without something special, it s time for Ricky to say, ‘I m finishing ,” he added.

Ponting averages only 14.15 from 13 innings in last eleven months. Also he has not scored a half century since December last year.