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Ricky Ponting to play on in Test cricket, expresses desire to finish career on a high

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ricky_ponting3A day after he was dropped from the Australian One Day squad for the remainder of the Commonwealth Bank tri-series, former skipper Ricky Ponting called a press conference in Sydney to tackle questions from the media regarding his future. Ponting was quick to point out that he was not retiring from the sport and though he was unlikely to feature in Australia's one-day plans in the future, he did not explicitly say that he was retiring from that format either. Ricky did, however, clearly state that his love for the game was undiminished, and he wished to continue playing test cricket for as long as he deserved on form.

Ponting stated that he was disappointed to be dropped from the one-day side, but understood that his present form in the Commonwealth Bank completely merited the decision that the National Selection Panel had taken. He also conceded that with the selectors looking to build a team for the 2015 World Cup, he definitely didn't want to be denying any other player a chance. When specifically quizzed about whether or not he was retiring from one-day cricket Ponting said, "It's a little bit hard to come here today and say I'm retiring when I've already been left out of the side. I don't expect to play ODI cricket anymore and I wouldn't expect to be picked."

However, having had such a stellar test series against India, Ponting believed that there was plenty that he could still offer Australian cricket and he was in no mood to throw in the towel. Ricky said, "With the Indian Test series going the way it did for me, it reinforced I still have what it takes to be a dominant player at international level in the Test arena." He added, "I will continue playing Test cricket and cricket for Tasmania as well."

Ponting bids adieu to one day cricket having featured in an incredible 375 matches, scoring a massive 13,704 runs at an average just above 42. He holds the distinction of winning three World Cups, having led the Australian team to two of those victories. 

His exit from the one day arena has not been as glorious as perhaps Australia's second best batsman ever deserved, having failed to reach double digits in each of his last 5 innings. However, Ponting is keen to end his Test career on a high. The veteran said, "We all know that day is coming closer and closer for me but I just love the game and I love every opportunity I get to play and represent my country. My love and passion for the game has not wavered at all. Being dropped from the Australian one-day team hasn't changed the way I think about the Test game. I'm backing myself to finish my career on a high."

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