Ponting recalled to Australia squad
After missing previous two matches due to rotation policy, the Aussie captain will play the final two ODIs against South Africa.india Updated: Jan 31, 2006 10:36 IST
Australia captain Ricky Ponting has been recalled to the squad for their final two one-day matches against South Africa.
Ponting missed the world champions' two previous games against Sri Lanka as part of the selectors' rotational policy of giving all their players a rest at some stage during the series.
Ponting replaces middle-order batsman Brad Hodge and fast bowler Nathan Bracken returns to the 14-man squad after pulling out of the last game for personal reasons.
Australia, already virtually assured of a place in the best-of-three final, play South Africa in Melbourne on Friday and in Sydney two days later.
Thesquad: Ricky Ponting (captain), Adam Gilchrist, Nathan Bracken, Stuart Clark, Michael Clarke, Brett Dorey, Brad Hogg, James Hopes, Michael Hussey, Simon Katich, Brett Lee, Damien Martyn, Glenn McGrath, Andrew Symonds.