Hobart: While Australia are struggling in India having lost three Tests on the trot, Ricky Ponting, who retired from international cricket in December 2012, put up a remarkable show in the domestic circuit to be named as Sheffield Shield player of the year.
The 38-year-old, who plays for Tasmania, has scored 875 runs at an average of 87.50 and beat Chadd Sayers and Gurinder Sandhu to claim the covered award. But the former Australian skipper insists that his decision to retire from international cricket was a correct one and he doesn't harbor the desire to return to the Australian side.
"The decision you make to retire when you do is a very big one and I know I put a lot of time and thought into making the decision that I made for all the right reasons," Ponting said. "International cricket's long passed me by and I've been really excited about giving back to Tasmanian cricket whatever I could this season. I'm playing a bit of cricket through the off-season as well, which will probably get me over another pre-season, so I'll see how we go as far as playing for Tasmania next season is concerned."
The 38-year-old, who has scored 875 runs 87.50 in the first-class season, beat Chadd Sayers and Gurinder Sandhu to claim the covered award.
When asked about Australia's poor performance on the India tour, Ponting felt that youngsters take time to adapt to alien conditions and admitted that he himself had a torrid time in India during his formative years in international cricket. "The first three or four tours there I couldn't score a run, our players will learn a lot for next time," Ponting said. "I've tried to distance myself from watching too much international cricket since I retired. We're all a bit disappointed the team hasn't played a bit better. Michael Clarke and Mickey Arthur have both been round block a few times and know how to bounce back."
Ponting represented Australia in 168 Tests and scored 13378 runs with 41 centuries to his credit.