Oz selectors endorse `Punter’ Ponting as skipper till 2011 World Cup

May 4th, 2009 - 1:03 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, May 4 (ANI): Ricky Ponting will continue to lead Australia in all three forms of the game until the 2011 World Cup.

The chairman of selectors, Andrew Hilditch, said he would not consider dividing the Test and limited-overs captaincy in the forseeable future despite the unprecedented workload facing the Australian team and the rising reputation of Ponting’s deputy, Michael Clarke.

“Leadership issues are things that we always think about. But we are really confident that Ricky will be more than capable of getting through to the 2011 World Cup, and I know that is something he would like to do, so I don’t see that as being an issue,” the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Hilditch, as saying.

Hilditch said that he does not believe there is a need to give Clarke permanent control of the limited-overs sides before the next 50-over World Cup either to prolong Ponting’s Test career or rejuvenate the short-forms teams.

“We have been very careful with managing his workload in the last three or four years, and he really needed to have a break in our summer, which for lots of reasons was not a popular decision, but it was a pretty tough task to then send him to South Africa [for the Test series] and then go straight into one-dayers,” Hilditch said.

“It was pretty tough on him and he did very well. For a few weeks, at least, he is getting a break now. From time to time we will look at his workload, particularly on overseas tours and try and keep it to a manageable level, but for key events Ricky is always going to be a critical member of the side,” Hilditch said.

Clarke has indicated he is willing to wait.

“Let me make clear, our captain’s back home and we can’t wait to have him back. He’s a fantastic leader and I’m stoked that he’s happy to give me these chances, give me these opportunities to get involved and learn as much as I can,” Clarke said. (ANI)

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