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Ponting accepts award, rules out Ashes comeback

Ponting accepts award, rules out Ashes comeback

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting picked up his domestic cricketer of the year award Wednesday and ruled out a return to the beleaguered test team for the Ashes.
The 38-year-old Ponting, who quit international cricket in November, led the Sheffield Shield with 875 runs at an average of 87.50, including an unbeaten 200 in a recent match. Tasmania will host the first-class final beginning Friday against Queensland.
Ponting says "international cricket has long passed me by," and predicts Australia could "put up a good show" in the fourth and final test against India after three consecutive defeats.
Ponting signed a two-month contract with English country Surrey and will be in England when Australia builds up for the Ashes series.


Updated : 2021-07-24 03:59 GMT+08:00