Ponting half retires

There was a time when you’d retire.

Now it is not that simple.

Sometimes you retire at the end of a series.

Sometimes you retire from just one form of cricket.

Sometimes you retire from one facet of the game.

That is what Ponting has done.

Is it for the best of Australian cricket, probably not.

Is it for the best of Ricky Ponting, probably.

Does it mean I’ll write an entire post on it, it seems unlikely.

In stepping down from the captaincy Ponting has taken a half measure for Australian cricket.  Three of their top six are still over 35. The new captain doesn’t just have to have the most scrutinised sporting job in Australia, he also has the old boss sitting next to him. And there is no guarantee that retiring from the captaincy will make Ponting’s form come back.

Ponting has retired from T20 cricket and captaincy, he’s doing this shit in instalments, and when he gets to section four I’ll write a whole post.

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5 thoughts on “Ponting half retires

  1. Wafa says:

    To be fair, Sachin Tendulkar has had a long & illustrious career as batsman after stepping down from the captaincy.

    Then again, to be fair, Ricky Ponting is no Sachin Tendulkar.

  2. golandaaz says:

    wafa, actually i see sachin turning a bit into ponting and vice versa

    http://bit.ly/gwTflM

  3. rusty says:

    CA can retire half the team and it won’t make much difference.

    It’s the management, especially Hilditch, who need to step down first.

    Hope Pakistan win tonight – then lose in the finals to Sri Lanka, who are the only team (apart from Ireland) who deserve it.

  4. Deep Cower says:

    gol, wonderful blog post.

  5. Lolly says:

    Wafa, Tendulkar hardly captained, did he? What was it for about 6 months? He was just seat-warming.

    Punter has been skipper for far longer than is healthy for any one player and he still can’t quite let go.

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