A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Is Ricky Ponting a victim of his own high standards?

Clarke believes Ponting will play a vital role in helping Australia become the top Test team once again

Australian captain, Michael Clarke feels that his predecessor, Ricky Ponting has become a victim of his own high standards.

Ponting, who is current 37, quit ODIs earlier in the year after being dropped from the national squad towards the end of the Commonwealth Bank series.

The former Australian captain, has also been under immense criticism for his lack of runs in Test cricket recently, even though he averaged an outstanding 108.80 in their whitewash of India during their December 2011 Test series.

Ponting, has still been the target of harsh scrutiny, even after scoring a brilliant half century against the West Indians in the second innings of the third Test.

The Australian media, quoted Clarke as saying: “The thing with Ricky is he’s set his standards so high. He’s been an amazing player for such a long period of time. People expect him to make 50 or 100 every time he walks out to bat and that’s not the game.”

Clarke also noted that despite Ponting nearing his retirement from international cricket, he would still play a crucial role in helping Australia regain their ranking as the number one Test team in the world.

“I still think he’s playing some really good cricket. I still see him as a big part of this team and I think he’s had a lot of impact on this tour as well,” Clarke said.

With Ponting’s illustrious career coming to an end, all of Australia will want to see him make a final push to end his cricketing legacy on a high.

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