‘I probably played two years longer than I should have done’, admits Ricky Ponting

"I wasn't playing for me, I was playing for the younger guys in the team"

“I wasn’t playing for me, I was playing for the younger guys in the team”

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Legendary Australia captain Ricky Ponting has revealed that he “probably played two years longer” than he should have.

Ponting, who announced his retirement in December 2012, admitted that he kept playing for so long since he wanted to ease the tough transition period the baggy greens would endure after he retired.

Ponting added that he also wanted to help groom the next generation of Australian superstars before calling it quits.

“I probably played two years longer than I should have done,” Ponting told Sky Sports. “I think I knew in myself that I couldn’t get better.

“I felt that if anything, I could maintain a certain level. I think from 120, 130 Tests I knew I could not get any better.

“I wasn’t playing for me, I was playing for the younger guys in the team. Great teams that I played in had a really good solid core of experienced players and great characters.

“I might be patting myself on the back here, but I thought I was one of those players.”

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