Australia's captain Ricky Ponting admits a third Ashes defeat could cost him his job and says he faces the biggest eight months of his cricket career.
Ponting's also not ruled out retiring should the Australian side follow a home Ashes series victory over England this summer with a fourth consecutive win in the one day World Cup.
Having twice lost the urn in England, Ponting says losing a home series could be a blow too heavy for even him to withstand, rushing the leadership into Michael Clarke's hands.
Ponting says he'll probably be looking for a new job if Australia loses again but says he's as motivated as ever and as hungry as he's ever been.
He also says there are some pretty special things ahead for the Ausrtrialians who face India,England andthe World Cup over the next eight months.