Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Ponting Asks to Stay; Skipper Feels He Still Has Much to Offer

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Ponting Asks to Stay; Skipper Feels He Still Has Much to Offer

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Byline: GREG BUCKLE of AAP

AUSTRALIA'S WORST TEST DEFEATS

Co England won by innings and 579 runs at The Oval, London, August 1938

Co England won by innings and 230 runs at Adelaide, March 1892

Co England won by innings and 225 runs at Melbourne, February 1912

Co India won by innings and 219 runs at Kolkata, March 1998

Co England won by innings and 217 runs at The Oval, London, August 1886

Co Pakistan won by innings and 188 runs at Karachi, September 1988

Co England won by innings and 170 runs at Manchester, July 1956

Co England won by innings and 157 runs at the MCG, December 2010

Co England won by innings and 137 runs at The Oval, London, August 1888

RICKY Ponting has thrown himself upon the mercy of Australia's selectors after his team's shameful Ashes performances, saying he still wants to lead the side.

Speaking yesterday after England had wrapped up Australia's second innings and retained the Ashes, Ponting admitted, however, he was starting to question his ability to bat at No.3.

"There have been a few doubts creep into my mind the last couple of weeks," he said.

"I'm not going to hide that. I definitely have to re-evaluate where I'm at as far as being a Test batsman is concerned."

Ponting revealed Test selector Greg Chappell had mentioned to him before the Ashes series the possibility of dropping to No.4, but nothing came of it.

The plan involved "someone else coming into the squad to bat at three".

This strategy is surely under consideration again, with Usman Khawaja the name on everyone's lips.

Australia's loss by an innings and 157 runs before lunch on day four of the fourth Ashes Test at the MCG left the Barmy Army singing and England captain Andrew Strauss grinning.

England claimed a 2-1 lead in the five-match contest and retained the urn with one match to play, in Sydney starting on January 3.

The Poms had not reached such heights in Australia since 1986-87 and for Ponting it was another Ashes stain on his captaincy, having lost the 2005 and 2009 series in England. …

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