Brisbane: Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting has said that he is concerned and worried about the legacy that he leaves behind once he decides to hang up his gloves.
"Of course I`m worried about a legacy. It`s the reason I play the game and cherish the captaincy so much. I want to make sure the team is in a better position when I leave than when I started," a newspaper quoted Ponting, as saying ahead of the first Ashes Test against England to be played at the Gabba from November 25.
"I want to make sure I`ve got a good group of leaders under me when my time comes to move on and that`s why I spend so much time with the younger group. I`m always the first on the training track and the last one to leave, and most of that time is spent helping the younger guys understand different things about the game," he adds.
"I want to leave a great legacy for Australian cricket," says Australia`s all-time leading run-scorer.
"There`s not much more I can do. I`ll do everything I can to play well and give the team the best chance to win. That`s all I can do and all I`ve ever been able to do. I`m really excited about what I think this group of players is capable of. If we play to our levels for five days, I think we`ll have the results go our way this time. I`m not worried about the other stuff. How I am as captain or player, people will have different opinions," he said.
Ponting said: "I`m giving myself the best chance possible. I`ve worked pretty hard on the physical side of my game over the last few months. I just want to enjoy this series for what it is."