Former Australian captain, Ricky Ponting, has said that he wants to retire from test cricket after the back to back Ashes series next year. But, at the same time, he also said that he would have to perform brilliantly in the home series against South Africa otherwise, he might not be included in the Australian squad for the Ashes. The Australian team would play two consecutive Ashes series next year. As Per Ponting, he desperately wants to score big runs in those two Ashes series.

Before the start of the test series against India, Ponting was under a lot of pressure. Many cricket experts were saying that Ponting does not deserve a place in test squad. But, Ponting gave a strong answer to the critics and scored 544 runs in 4 test matches against India at a fantastic average of 108.80. He scored a hundred and a double hundred in the series. He scored runs in every inning of the series and showed that he can still contribute for Australia in test cricket. Ponting said that he was very nervous before the test series against India. He couldn’t even sleep. But, the half century in the first innings of the Melbourne test gave him a lot of confidence. He played some fluent shots in that inning. Ponting also scored a half century in the second innings of Melbourne test.

On being asked about his preparations for the South Africa series, Ponting said that he is working very hard on his fitness. He is going to the gym regularly. As per Ponting, he wants his body to be in good shape before that series. Ponting said that he doesn’t want to go into the South Africa series without match practice. So, he would play in a few matches for Tasmania in the Sheffield Shield.