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    Australia drop Ponting, bring in Watson

    Ricky Ponting has been dropped for Australia\'s next two games of the ongoing CB series.

    Sydney: After five failures in as many matches during the ongoing CB series, former Australia captain Ricky Ponting was on Monday dropped for the team's next two matches.

    Ponting has scores of 2,1,6,2 and 7 so far against India and Sri Lanka who are the two other two teams in the tri-series competition.

    The 37-year old flopped once again in the tournament on Sunday when he managed just seven (26 balls) during Australia's 110 run victory over India.

    Ponting captained the Australian team in the absence of the injured Michael Clarke for the team's last two matches, against Sri Lanka at Sydney on Friday which was followed by the clash against India.

    While Australia were thrashed by eight wickets and conceded a bonus point against the Lankans, the Ponting-led side returned the favour against the Indians on Sunday.

    Shane Watson, skipper Clarke and Ryan Harris returned to the 13-man squad after recovering from injuries.

    "Ricky Ponting has been dropped from the squad due to his lack of form in the five Commonwealth Bank Series matches to date in this series," chairman of selectors John Inverarity said in a statement.

    "The team will not seem the same without him, but moving on from the omission of players who have been outstanding over a long period of time is the nature of elite sport.

    "Ricky's record speaks for itself. He is one of the truly great performers in the history of Australian ODI cricket, with his reputation enhanced further by him captaining Australia to two World Cup victories," he said.

    Under Ponting, Australia have won the 2003 World Cup in South Africa, where he pulverised India in the final with a big hundred, and then defended the title in the West Indies four years later.

    (With Agency inputs)