called time on his successful ODI career, Ricky Ponting has made it clear
that the Ashes tour to England next year was his goal. He gave every
indication he would go on in Test cricket for as long as possible, and
Ashes is a priority for the veteran cricketer.
“It’d be great to get back to the Ashes,” Ponting said. “If I’m
a good enough player to do that then it’d be great to go back there one
more time and hopefully have a few better memories of England than what
I’ve had the last couple of tours,” he added.
Australia was humiliated at home by the visiting English side in the last
Ashes series. “Everybody is (after redemption) as far as Ashes cricket
is concerned,” Ponting said. “I think I proved to myself and everyone
else that I’m still capable of dominating Test cricket as I did in the
last series against India,” he said.
Meanwhile, Cricket Tasmania has revealed Ponting is available to play
against South Australia in Saturday’s Ryobi Cup one-day final in
Adelaide. The decision was arrived at following consultation with Tigers
skipper George Bailey. “I have had a bit of thinking to do and some
communication to do with the Tasmanian coaches and players,” Ponting