Melbourne: Ricky Ponting has made it clear that his resignation announcement as leader of the Australian team does not mean that his love for the game has diminished.
“Not at all. I wouldn’t be playing if it had. The decision I made to stand down from the captaincy had nothing to do with not liking the game as much anymore. It was just that I felt it was the right time to give someone else a go, considering the lead-up to the next Ashes and Champions Trophy,” Ponting retorted.
“I’ve been a bit disappointed with the way I’ve played and disappointed with the performance the team’s put up, but in no way have I lost any of my desire or passion for the game. I wouldn’t be at the gym at 6 o’clock [in the morning] in the past couple of weeks if I wasn’t excited about playing,” he told a newspaper.
Ponting wants to play for “the next couple of years” and has not given thought to history being against him in his bid to extend his career.
“I think some people are probably a bit shocked with the decision I made [to play on], and that Cricket Australia has allowed it to happen. It’s happened in every other team around the world, whether its cricket or other sporting teams. “
“The fact it hasn’t happened much in Australian cricket, I don’t know why. All I’m about now is doing the best I can to make the team better,” Ponting said.