Ponting concedes retirement from ODI cricket

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Sydney:
Australia's two-time World Cup winning cricket captain Ricky Ponting on
Tuesday conceded that his one-day career is over but stopped short of
announcing a formal retirement from the format.

The 37-year-old
announced his decision at a press conference here, a day after he was
dropped from Australia's one-day squad but said he would continue to play
in the Testversion of the game.




I will continue playing Test cricket and I'll continue playing for
Tasmania as well. "I think I proved to everyone and myself that I am still
capable of dominating Test cricket as I did in the last Test series
against India," Ponting told a news conference at the Sydney Cricket
Ground.





Although Ponting has not stated categorically that he was retiring from
the one-dayers, he conceded that he had been informed by national selector
John Inverarity that he did not fit into the selectors' plans in the
50-over format as they build towards the 2015 World Cup. "John
(Inverarity) made it very clear to me yesterday the direction that they're
heading with the one-day team and that I'm not part of their plans," said
Ponting.

"It's a little bit hard to come here today and say I'm
retiring when I've already been left out of the side. I don't expect to
play one-day international cricket for Australia any more and I'm pretty
sure the selectors don't expect to pick me either. I have no bitterness at
all about what's happened. "I totally understand the reasons why and the
national selectors are looking forward to building a team for the next
World Cup of which I am not part of their plans going forward," he added

Ponting
was dropped from the one day side for the first time in over a decade
after a poor run in the series against India. He  has played 375 matches
one day matches, scoring 13,704 runs. Ponting captained the side in 230
games and played some remarkable innings, including a memorable 140no in
the 2003 World Cup final against India. Australia strode through the 2003
and 2007 world cups under his leadership undefeated.

While the
37-year-old overcame a career-threatening form slump to have one of the
best series of his career in four Tests against India, the effort appears
to have exhausted him and he has been unable to reach double figures in
five one-day innings.




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