VAUGHAN BACKS PONTING RETIREMENT

Former captain of the England Cricket Team Michael Vaughan believes that former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting did the right thing by retiring from One Day International cricket, having been dropped from the Australian side for the Commonwealth Bank tri-series against India and Sri Lanka.

Ponting was a part of the Australian side for the first few One Day Internationals of the series and even captained the side in the absence of regular captain Michael Clarke in a match against Sri Lanka, but poor form with the bat for a prolonged period led the selection committee of Cricket Australia to omit him from the side for the rest of the series.

And Vaughan has come out in support of his former foe, saying that this decision by Ponting will do him and his side a lot of good.

Michael Vaughan also went on to add that he had known Ponting for quite some time now and knew that he always played with an element of pride at being able to represent The Baggie Greens and being unceremoniously dropped from the side would harm his pride a lot, prompting him to take the decision to retire.

He also drew comparisons with his own retirement when he had to retire from the game under similar circumstances, struggling with form and fitness. Vaughan reiterated that Ponting had only retired from the One Day International circuit and still had Test cricket to play in, where he excelled more than anyone. The latest cricket betting online reckons that Ponting will continue to play test creicket at the highest level until at least the end of next season.

This gives the former Australian captain plenty of opportunity to go out of the game with his head held high.

Vaughan also stated that although it was a tough decision to take for the Cricket Australia, the severe lack of form of Ricky Ponting made the decision much easier than they anticipated.