Oz cricket fans back Ponting for Test series against India: Poll

Australian cricket fans have backed batsman Ricky Ponting for the four-Test series against India before deciding on his retirement from international cricket.

A poll found that a majority of respondents urged him to take part in the Test series against India.

It also found that only 26 percent of respondents said Ponting should retire immediately while 17.28 per cent said the selectors should exclude him for the series, Fox Sports reports.

The poll came after former Australia skipper Allan Border had suggested either Ponting or Michael Hussey would quit international cricket after the Boxing Day Test.

"I think you've got to leave Hussey and Punter there, I can't see any youngsters filling in and doing a better job against a solid Indian side. But these four tests are the last they''ll play for Australia," a Brisbane Bulls fan said.

Australia's spin king Shane Warne had earlier said the constant speculation over Ponting's future could impact the team's performance.

Former Australia leg-spinner Stuart MacGill said Ponting would be in his Test XI for Melbourne.

"He's been one of the best batsman Australia's ever seen, bar none, for me. (It's) Bradman and Ricky Ponting, I have no hesitation in saying that. He's obviously struggling big time at the moment but whilst the rest of the top six are having problems, he's got to stay. Ricky Ponting will leave when he feels he is embarrassing himself or his teammates," Mc Gill said.

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