Is it time for the Aussie cricket captain to pull the plug gracefully before his current downturn in form turns embarrassing and spoils a great record? I think so......
Ponting is now 35, he is no longer the dominant force at number 3 in world cricket. Sad to say he once had the safest pair of hands in the game, but now drops chances at slip which, considering his former level of skill, seem easily catchable. Not to mention a ludicrous decision to bat first in Sydney when it was obvious to all that the conditions on the first day were perfect for swing bowling. This is not the first time lately he has erred when winning the toss.
There is no way he should have played in the 1st & 2nd tests against Pakistan with his current elbow injury.
It has been said the Aussie cricket TEAM was more important than the individual, yet his ego and reluctance to hand over the captaincy, even temporarily has cost the team dearly this test. Yet he will deny it until the cows come home.
Sorry Punter, we all know the reason you are clinging on is because you are the only captain to lose the Ashes twice on English soil, and its burning a hole in your @rse. No doubt if you were to tour England again now the score line would look alot worse than 3-2, considering the Poms are giving the South Africans all sorts of grief in S.A.
Kerry O'keffe asked Doug Walters recently why he retired at the age of 35, his response was that his eyesight was starting to diminish.
You've had a great run, my friend, and will be considered Australia's 2nd best batsman, behind Bradman. Don't tarnish the glow on a fabulous career.