Ponting open to Ashes call-up
Former Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting says that he might consider an Ashes SOS.
LONDON - Ricky Ponting has revealed that he might not be able to resist the lure of the Ashes if Australia asked him to come out of test retirement.
The combative 38-year-old, who quit the international scene in December, is the most successful captain in test history but lost three Ashes series including the last time the two teams met in 2011.
The latest five-match battle against England starts at Trent Bridge on July 10 and if an Australian batsman was to break a finger, the Tasmanian would be torn.
"They will have reserve batsmen around should anything like that happen so I don't think they will be needing me," Ponting told Britain's Daily Mail newspaper on Wednesday.
"You wouldn't say no, would you, if that call came and I would never say never, but you have to say a call-up like that now is extremely unlikely."
Even if he does not return, his influence may still be felt in the Ashes with Ponting in England playing for county side Surrey.
"If Michael Clarke wants to run anything by me he knows where I am. There's nothing official in place but I'll only be down the road," added the scorer of 13,378 test runs, who is looking forward to his two-month stint in the English game.
For the first time in many years, Australia go into the Ashes as big underdogs after a 4-0 mauling in India where four players were dropped for "not doing their homework".
Ponting said he did not totally agree with the decision but feels Australia are regaining confidence.
"Our batting is key, if it can stand up to the English bowling then we will be competitive. We have a good, solid number of bowlers and our young quicks are really exciting."
England won the series against New Zealand 2-0 after they beat the Kiwis by 247 runs at Headingley on Tuesday.