Australian veteran, Ricky Ponting, has announced that he will not sign with Somerset, due to mental and physical exhaustion.
If Ponting were to have signed with Somerset, he would have used the time in England to work on his form and stroke play.
He stated that it was due to Australia’s hectic season, that he had not chosen to play for the English county. “I haven’t entertained the idea at all of playing county cricket this year” Ponting said.
Australia are set to play three tests against the West Indies, before being given a seven month break, until they host South Africa in November.
Ponting also wants to recuperate and get prepared both mentally and physically, before making his return. “It’s taken its toll a little bit, so I need to have a chance to refresh and recharge my batteries and get a solid pre-season under my belt before the Australian summer” he said.
He added: “I’ve got to look at what my best preparation is, post the West Indies, and that will probably be to have a couple of months off. It’s been a hard 12 months for me personally and around my cricket. With things not going as smoothly as I wanted at the start of the year, I had to train harder and work harder on my game and think more about my game than ever before.”
Ponting last represented Australia in their 4-0 whitewash against India, upon which there were fresh calls for his retirement from all forms of international cricket. However, Ponting proved his critics wrong, scoring 544 runs in the series at an average of 108.80.
However, Ponting’s manager, James Henderson, made clear that Ponting had not ruled out playing county cricket in the future. “Ricky is not turning his back on playing county cricket in the future but the 2012 season does not line up with his current priorities” he said.
With Australia’s busy schedule having taken its toll on Ponting, his manager, said: “He will not be playing cricket from after the West Indies tour through until the start of the Sheffield Shield season. He will use the down time to spend more time with his family and refresh after a hectic past nine months.”
But, Ponting, vows to represent the Australians in the 2013 Ashes series, which is to be held in England, before he considers calling it a day on his illustrious career.