Ricky Ponting, Australia's most successful one-day cricketer, Tuesday accepted his limited overs international career was over but said he wanted to continue in Test cricket and hoped to play in the 2013 Ashes.
While Don Bradman remains Australia's greatest ever cricketer, Ponting is without peer in the 50-over game, having scored 13,704 runs in 375 matches at an average of 42.
He won three World Cups in his 17-year career, two as captain. The end for the second-most prolific batsman of all time in ODIs was signalled when he was dropped from the team Monday.
"It's a bit hard to say I've retired given I've been dropped but I don't expect to play one-day international cricket any more and I'm sure the selectors don't expect to pick me either," the 37-year-old told a news conference.
Under pressure for a place in the Test team, Ponting, who has made an art form of being obstinate and belligerent, responded with 544 runs at an average of 108 as the hosts whitewashed India 4-0.