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Ponting ponders split captaincy option

Ricky PontingEven as the Australian fans wonder what went wrong at the Ashes, and some others bay for Ricky Ponting blood, the captain has come out and said that he would be perfectly understanding if the Cricket Australia (CA) decided to split the captaincy of the three formats of the game between him and his deputy Michael Clarke.

Australia had lost the Ashes earlier this week, after a heavy loss at the Oval. The captain has come in for a lot of criticism for not having played Stuart Clark in the first three games of the series, and then having failed to pick Nathan Hauritz in the fifth test match on a track that started spinning from the very first day of the game.

Ponting became only the second captain in many decades to have lost two successive series in England.

The captain said that if that is the way the people at the top thought, then there is no reason why the captaincy could not be split between him and Clarke. Ponting would then continue to lead the Aussie side for the test matches, whereas Clarke would then be the skipper of the ODIs and the T20Is. Already, the Aussies haven't had a great shorter format results going for them as well, having lost both their ODI series against South Africa - home and away - and this was followed up by them getting knocked away in the first round of the ICC World T20 in England.

The calls for Ponting's head had been rife ever since he lost to India in India and failed to beat the South Africans at home, but what had saved his day had been the win against the Proteas away. With this Ashes loss, the calls have become louder again, and it remains to be seen whether the Cricket Australia decides to make changes at the top as desired.

Ponting has currently returned to Australia for a few days of break ahead of a gruelling cricketing schedule in the season. Australia now plays Scotland in an ODI, which will be followed by two T20Is and seven ODIs against England. Australia will be led by Clarke in the T20Is and some of the ODIs, before Ponting will return back to captain his team. Already the Aussie selectors have signalled their intentions of building the T20 team by not selecting Michael Hussey in their T20 side and it may not be far when Clarke takes over the mantle of T20 captaincy,

Already Paul Collingwood leads the English team in the T20 version, with Shahid Afridi doing the same for Pakistan.

Tags:- Australia   England   Ricky Ponting   South Africa   Michael Clarke   Cricket Australia   Paul Collingwood   Ashes   Nathan Hauritz  

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