Ponting wants more say in selection matters

February 13th, 2009 - 5:31 pm ICT by IANS  

Melbourne, Feb 13 (IANS) Australian skipper Ricky Ponting said he wanted more say in the selection of the team, specially in important decisions like players’ rotation.
“I think it’s important that we have got guys fresh mentally and physically for when we really need them,” Ponting said.

“I have some say, like I do in some selections. We all have a little bit of a say but, at the end of the day, a lot of those bigger decisions are made without me so that’s just the way it is at the moment,” Ponting was quoted as saying in the Australian media Friday.

Ponting would like more say in the resting and rotational policy of the team as the side prepares for what he said would be the busiest period of his career.

Several Australian players are battling injuries and vice-captain Michael Clarke became the latest to be ruled out of Friday’s Chappell-Hadlee Trophy decider in Brisbane due to a back problem.

Australia were forced to use their fourth opening batting combination in five games.

The Australian skipper had expressed his unhappiness at being forced to rest for the second match of the series, and being rushed back early after New Zealand took a 2-0 lead.

The team now embarks on nearly nine months of touring overseas with precious little time in between series. Ponting refused to indicate whether he would like to sit out after playing non-stop since the Indian Test series last September.

“Would I prefer to rest from the Twenty20? I don’t know, we haven’t even got to the Twenty20,” Ponting said.

Ponting believes it will become extremely tough for cricketers to play in all three forms of the game in future: “The next six or eight months that we’ve got coming up is probably the most busy I would have ever played in 12 or 13 years, or whatever it is, in international cricket.

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