Ex- Australian skipper Ricky Ponting today admitted that his ODI career is over but stopped short of saying a formal retirement from the ODI version. Ricky Ponting revealed his decision at a media conference here, a day after he was dropped from ODI team but said he’d continue to play in the Test format of the game.
“I will continue playing Test cricket and I will continue playing for Tasmania as well. “I feel I proved to everybody and myself that i’m still in a position of dominating Test cricket as I did in the last Test series against India,” Ricky Ponting informed a media conference at the SCG.
Although Ponting hasn’t mentioned categorically that he was retiring from the 50-over format, he admitted that he had been told by national selector John Inverarity that he didn’t fit into the selectors’ plans in the ODI cricket as they build towards the 2015 World Cup. “John (Inverarity) made it clear to me yesterday the direction that they are heading with the ODI squad and that I am not part of their plans,” said Ricky Ponting.
“It is slightly tough to come here today and say I am retiring when I have already been left out of the team. I do not expect to play ODI cricket for Australia anymore and I am confident the selectors don’t expect to select me either. I’ve no bitterness at all about what’s occurred.
“I completely know the factors why and the selectors are looking forward to developing a squad for the next World Cup of which I’m not part of their plans going forward,” he added.