Ponting to lead Australia in all formats till 2011 World Cup
Australia captain Ricky Ponting will remain at the helm in all three formats of the game till the 2011 World Cup, chief selector Andrew Hilditch said.cricket Updated: May 04, 2009 13:47 IST
Australia captain Ricky Ponting will remain at the helm in all three formats of the game till the 2011 World Cup, chief selector Andrew Hilditch said.
Hilditch ruled out having different captains for the Test and limited overs squads and said while Ponting might skip a tourney in Melbourne and there, he would lead Australia in all major events.
"Leadership issues are things that we always think about but we are really confident that Ricky will be more than capable of getting through to the 2011 World Cup, and I know that is something he would like to do, so I don't see that as being an issue," Hilditch told 'Sydney Morning Herald'.
Ponting skipped the just-concluded ODI series against Pakistan where his deputy Michael Clarke led the side to a 3-2 series win.
Despite Clarke's growing reputation, Hilditch believes there was no need to rush to hand over the limited over captaincy to the youngster.
"We have been very careful with managing his workload in the last three or four years, and he really needed to have a break in our summer, which for lots of reasons was not a popular decision, but it was a pretty tough task to then send him to South Africa and then go straight into one-dayers," Hilditch said.
"It was pretty tough on him and he did very very well. For a few weeks, at least, he is getting a break now.
"From time to time we will look at his workload, particularly on overseas tours and try and keep it to a manageable level, but for key events Ricky is always going to be a critical member of the side," the chief selector said.
Incidentally, Clarke himself is also not in a hurry.
"Let me make clear, our captain's back home and we can't wait to have him back," Clarke said.
"He's a fantastic leader and I'm stoked that he's happy to give me these chances, give me these opportunities to get involved and learn as much as I can," he added.
First Published: May 04, 2009 13:45 IST