Mon, 20 Feb 2012 11:24:37 GMT

Ponting dropped from Australia's squad in CB Series

Brisbane, Australia: Ricky Ponting's limited-overs international career could be over after selectors dropped the dual World Cup-winning captain from Australia's squad for this week's tri-series matches against India and Sri Lanka.

Ponting dropped from Australia's squad in CB Series

The 37-year-old Ponting scored 18 runs at an average of 3.6 in five innings in the series -- the worst sequence in his 375-game ODI career.

He took 13 balls to get off the mark in Sunday's win over India, and scored a scratchy seven runs from 26 balls. Ponting has always been determined to go out on his own terms -- having proven his worth in test matches with a return to form in the 4-0 sweep of India this season amid constant criticism of his continued selection.

But selectors took the decision out of his hands on Monday, only hours after Ponting declared he wouldn't offer to take a rest because he wanted to play his way back into form.

Ponting quit as captain after Australia's World Cup quarterfinal loss to India but returned to the job briefly last week because his successor, Michael Clarke, was injured. But with Clarke and vice-captain Shane Watson coming back into the squad for this week's matches, selectors couldn't find room in the 13-man squad for Ponting.

"Ricky Ponting has been dropped from the squad due to his lack of form in the five (tri-series) matches to date," chief selector John Inverarity said. "The team will not seem the same without him, but moving on from the omission of players who have been outstanding over a long period of time is the nature of elite sport."

Ponting averages 42 in 375 ODIs dating back to 1995.

Source: AP

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