It's time for Ponting to retire
John F Williams | 01 Dec 2011

Ponting's time is up but he may continue in case he scores against New Zealand. Former New Zealand Captain Chris Cairns describing Ricky Ponting as the 'elephant in the room', said that Australia needs to end his 16-year long Test career in order to move forward.

“I DON'T think you can have him  as a No 3. I think it’s his time (to retire),” Cairns said, reported The Times of India. You look at the likes of Mark Taylor, Healy, Mark Waugh - they were told it was their time and they took Retirement. The former Kiwi all—rounder, who retired from Test cricket at the age of 34, also felt that Ponting should himself call it a day after the Hobart Test against New Zealand.

They’ve allowed Ricky to keep going because of his stature in the game. He is behind Bradman, Australia’s greatest batsman, so they’re managing it,” Cairns said. Even former Australia batsman Mark Waugh also feels that Ponting should be included in the playing XI only on merit and not stature.

“Ricky Ponting is a great player, he’s got a few credits in the bank. But, he’ll know he has got to score runs. Like any player, you’ve got to perform,” Waugh. “I think he’s invaluable with his experience for the other guys in the team, I think Michael Clarke has said that.

But his  job is to score runs. The experience he brings, you can’t really count that. He’s got to score runs,” Waugh added. Waugh, however, said that Ponting could go on playing for as long as he likes if he starts scoring runs for his team again. “He hasn’t been at his best. I thought there were very good signs in the last Test in Johannesburg that he was getting back to somewhere near his best. But if he makes runs, he can play for as long as he likes. You don’t lose your ability overnight.

“I think he’s still got a fair bit to give since he is still in the 11,” said Waugh.