Ponting says he`s not ready to retire

Sydney: Former captain Ricky Ponting says he`ll quit test cricket before he`s dropped from the Australian team, but is not considering retirement at the moment.

The 36-year-old veteran of 156 tests told reporters today "I totally understand why I`m being asked the questions I`m being asked but, by the same token, I believe I`m good enough, one, to be in the team and that I`m good enough to win games for Australia.

He said if he keeps doing the work he is doing and not getting the results, "then maybe it`s time but, at the moment, I don`t feel that time is here just yet."

Ponting made 62 in the second innings of Australia`s second test against South Africa this week to contribute to its series-levelling win and end a long form drought which had led to calls for his retirement.

He said he took heart from the examples of India`s Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid who`s longevity showed he could still expect to perform at Test level.

"I feel there`s enough there to want to keep working hard," Ponting said. "Having spoken to a lot of the other guys that have retired in the last few years, I was captain when Langer, Gilchrist, Warne and all those guys stood down, so I know the things that were going through their minds.”

"What they said about it was they just didn`t have the drive or desire to work as hard as they needed to work to get their games back on track again. With me, there`s no doubting that at all."

Bureau Report

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