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Monday, September 07, 2009

Australian Captain Ricky Ponting Quits from Twenty20 International

Australian captain Ricky Ponting has announced his retirement from Twenty20 format of cricket. In an attempt to prolong his illustrious career in test and ODI cricket, Ponting has decided to quit the shortest version of the game. No doubt, Ponting has been under pressure since losing the Ashes 2009 series to England, and thus, losing the hold of prestigious Ashes title. Many even asked for Ponting’s sacking as Australia’s captain following the Ashes defeat.

Actually, I think, Ricky Ponting had no part behind Australia’s ordinary performance. The squad is considerably young and going through a formation period since the retirement of some of the former greats like Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne. However, I think, Ponting’s decision to retire from T20 is good for his career. These days, cricket calendar is compact and Australia, like many other teams, is playing a lot around the world. So, aged players like Ponting need enough rest for delivering their best to Australia.

Moreover, by this move, Ponting might have come out of the pressure he had since the Ashes defeat. It is pretty much understandable that Ponting’s deputy Michael Clarke would be appointed as new captain of Australia’s twenty20 squad.

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