4 Jan 2014

Jury still out on Abbott

6:10 am on 4 January 2014

Tony Abbott acknowledges the jury is still out on him as Australian prime minister, but says he's well prepared for the top job.

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott.

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott. Photo: AFP (file)

During the Nine Network's Ashes cricket coverage in Sydney on Friday, Mr Abbott ruminated on the responsibility of leadership when discussing Australian captain Michael Clarke.

"In the end everyone who gets a big promotion has got to grow into the job," he said.

"To be candid, the jury is still out on me, because we've only been there for a little over three months.

"But I'm confident that I'm as well prepared as anyone can be for this job."

AAP reports that during his spell in the commentary box, the prime minister also reminisced about playing 180 games as prop for Sydney University.

He pointed out that three members of his cabinet - himself, Joe Hockey and Malcolm Turnbull - all played front row for Sydney Uni rugby.

"There is a certain uncompromising quality about front-row forwards, and I think sometimes that's a good quality to have in public life," he said.

AAP reports Mr Abbott and his government have seen a series of poor polls since sweeping to power at the general election in September.