2 Feb 2011

Ponting back in nets as Marsh ruled out for final one dayers

6:23 am on 2 February 2011

The Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting made a return to training on Tuesday as he bids to be fit in time for this month's World Cup, while batsmen Callum Ferguson was rushed into the squad for the final two one-day internationals against England.

Ponting broke his finger during the Boxing Day test and was subsequently had surgery, forcing him to miss the entire one-day series against England, which Australia have already wrapped up 4-1 with their 51-run victory in Brisbane on Sunday.

Ponting spent about an hour batting in the nets, while fast bowler Shaun Tait, who broke down earlier in the series with a leg muscle strain also practised and is expected to be available for the next match on Wednesday in Sydney.

Ferguson was called into the side as cover for the injured Shaun Marsh, who has been ruled out for the remainder of the series with a hamstring injury.

The final game of the series in Perth on Sunday, with the World Cup starting on the subcontinent on February the 19th.