Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

No.3 Spot Still for Me: Ponting

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

No.3 Spot Still for Me: Ponting

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CRICKET: Batting at No.3 has led to form he wants to forget, but Ricky Ponting is not considering moving down the order in a bid to regain his touch ahead of a packed eight-month program.

Since the start of last summer, the Australian skipper has averaged just over 40 with one ton in 18 Test innings Co hardly ideal figures as he prepares for one of the "great challenges" of his career.

However, Ponting has backed himself to return to form during a gruelling schedule that includes October's tour of India, the Ashes Down Under and the 2011 World Cup.

"Last year for me Test-wise is one of those years where I look back and almost write it off," Ponting said at the Australian team's camp in Coolum on the Sunshine Coast.

"That's the great challenge for me Co batting at No.3 and being a leader of this side.

"There is a lot of responsibility on me to be a consistent run scorer and probably over the last 12 months I haven't been that. …

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