Australian skipper Ricky Ponting is positive of being well for the vital fourth Ashes Test at the MCG in Melbourne beginning on December 26, despite a broken finger on his left hand.
Ponting did not take the field as his side wrapped up a comprehensive 267-run glory in the 3rd Test at the WACA Ground on Sunday to level the series.
He hurt the finger the earlier evening, when he attempted to snare a catch in the slips from the bowling of Mitchell Johnson.
Ponting was taken to a local hospital on Saturday evening, where x-rays exposed a small fracture in his left little finger.
Talking after the match, an high energy Ponting said he likely to play in Melbourne.
“Obviously I’m going to have as much treatment and look after it as well as I can the next few days really,” he said.
“I won’t be able to bat the next few days but we’ve got a few days off anyway. I’m just going to do what I can to rest it as much as possible but make sure I get my preparation done for the next Test as well.
“What sort of a percentage am I? I think I’m a really good chance of playing. It’s only a small fracture.
“It’s a bit sore and angry at the moment but I’ll be right.”
Ponting faces not only fitness, but also form concerns, having made just 83 runs at 16.60 in the series.