29 Mar 2011

Ponting steps down as Australia captain

5:14 pm on 29 March 2011

Ricky Ponting, the most successful captain in 134 years of test cricket, has resigned as the Australian test and one-day skipper but wants to continue as a batsman.

The 36-year-old has led Australia in one day internationals since 2002 and tests since 2004.

He's been under increasing pressure after an third Ashes loss to England and a quarter-final exit as defending champions at the World Cup.

But Ponting says it's his decision, not the selectors', and after missing out on making the One day world cup semi-finals he's decided it's the right time to hand over to a new captain.

He says his quarter-final century against India shows he's still got something to offer the team Michael Clarke is expected to take over tomorrow.

While Ponting's batting record can't be criticised his captaincy often has been, with three Ashes series losses to England in particular damaging his reputation.