Ponting needs a break, says coach Arthur

Feb 19, 2012, 07:58 IST | AFP
Ricky Ponting needs a rest but he cannot afford to leave the senior batsman out of the Australia team with regular skipper Michael Clarke injured, coach Mickey Arthur said on Saturday.

Ricky Ponting

Ponting, 37, has played in all six of Australia's Tests this season as well as four one-day internationals but he has yet to pass 10 in the tri ODI series.

Ponting failed again with just two runs in Friday's thumping eight-wicket loss to Sri Lanka in Sydney.

Arthur said in an ideal world Ponting would be taking a break rather than preparing to lead Australia against India in Sunday's tri series match at Brisbane's Gabba ground.

"If I have to be totally honest, Ricky is a little bit jaded, like a couple of our Test players who have played all summer," Arthur told reporters.

"But that is the treadmill of international cricket and they have to find a way to make their performances count and have an impact on the team."

Ponting conceded after Friday's loss that his own form was not satisfactory but said he had no intention of calling time on his 374 one-day international career.

Arthur said there was no doubt Ponting's experience and knowledge were vital to Australia but that wouldn't ensure a future at ODI level unless his performances start to improve.

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