Australia captain Ricky Ponting admitted yesterday his future is uncertain as he tries to avoid an unwanted piece of Ashes leadership history.
With a buoyant England up 1-0 heading into the third Test at the WACA starting today, Ponting is in line to become the first Australia skipper in 120 years to lose three Ashes series.
Ponting’s wavering form with the bat — he is without a century in his last eight Tests and has managed just 461 runs at 35.46 in that time — is doing little to ease the pressure on the Tasmanian 35-year-old.
The No. 3 said he needed to do more if Australia were to turn around their poor start to the series, conceding that an Ashes defeat could end his reign as captain.
“Probably not a decision for me to make, is it?” Ponting said. “I don’t pick myself as captain so ... the decision’s completely out of my hands. At the end of the day, I’ll do my best to make sure we’re on a winning end this week, and I’ll do my best as a player to make sure I score runs and lead the team the best way possible. Then the powers-that-be will make those decisions, I guess, at the end of the series or after this Test match.”
Ponting has been unable to impose himself in the series so far, with 70 runs at 23.33, and was hopeful the break between Tests could work to his benefit.
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