A video of former Australian captain Ricky Ponting being retained by the national selectors for the first Test against India, starting Monday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).


The national selectors decided to persist with the out-of-form batsman despite mounting criticism though out-of-form opener Phil Hughes was dropped from the 13-member squad.


There was speculation that Ponting and senior middle-order batsman Mike Hussey are in line to be axed due to a string of poor performances in the past few months but both of them managed to retain their place in the squad.