30 May 2013

Ponting rules out emergency Ashes return

6:38 am on 30 May 2013

The former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has back-tracked on a suggestion he could return to Test cricket as an emergency Ashes call-up by ruling himself out of the upcoming series against England.

The 38-year-old had told British media earlier this week if he was needed at the last-minute he wouldn't say no.

But Ponting has made it clear his international career is definitely over and he's happily retired.

Ponting is in England to play county cricket for London-based side Surrey.

The former captain says he would have loved another crack at arch-rivals England but says a poor series at home to South Africa convinced him he was no longer reaching the required standard.