‘Realist’ Ponting says will walk away before being dropped from Oz squad

Updated: Oct 28, 2012, 18:55 PM IST

London: Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting has said that he would rather walk away than allow the selectors to drop him from the Australian squad.

“I don`t think it would get to that. I`m a realist and, I`ll understand that if there`s players out there who can play the game better than me, I`ll be the first to accept it and walk away,” News.com.au quoted Ponting, as saying during an interview with cricket legend Ian Chappell.

“I`m not going to let it get to the stage where the selectors drop me. I think I`ll identify the right time,” he added.

Ponting, who would be facing the Proteas squad in a three-Test tour series, beginning on November 9, said he didn’t believe it was his ‘time’ yet, and therefore, currently wants to only focus on the Brisbane Test.

“I haven`t felt that yet at all so I know it`s not the right time. I`m just going to prepare for the Brisbane test match, hopefully get a few there and see what happens,” he said.