20 Feb 2012

Poor form pushes Ponting out of one-day squad

9:33 pm on 20 February 2012

Former Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting has been dropped from his country's one-day squad due to poor form.

National selector John Inverarity says there are no guarantees that Ponting will continue playing test cricket either.

The 37-year-old has averaged 3.6 runs per innings in the current tri-series with India and Sri Lanka.

Mr Inverarity says the team will not be the same without him, but moving on from the omission of players who have been outstanding over a long period of time is the nature of elite sport.

He says the door is never closed on anybody, but dropping Ponting from the squad is a strong indication that his time in the 50 over game may be up, the ABC reports.

Ponting's dumping makes way for the return of vice-captain Shane Watson, who has been recovering from injury.