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.