RETIRED great Ricky Ponting says rotating players in and out of the Australian team is part of the modern game, but admits Channel Nine has every right to feel short-changed for showing games featuring an under-strength national side.
The former Australian skipper also believes the ''extreme'' workload on international players will result in a rapid reduction of one-day internationals following the 2015 World Cup.
Ponting - who was on Friday unveiled as the captain of the Prime Minister's XI for the match with the West Indies at Canberra's Manuka Oval on January 29 - supported the decision to rest Michael Clarke, Matthew Wade and David Warner from the first two games of the one-day series with Sri Lanka. In Clarke's absence, Australian Twenty20 captain George Bailey led a greenhorn side at the MCG on Friday featuring three debutants, the most in a national team since 1986.
Bailey accused Channel Nine of talking down one-day cricket to secure a favourable broadcast deal, but Ponting said he sympathised with the host broadcaster given its massive investment.
''I can understand Channel Nine being disappointed - they pay a lot of money at the start of every year [and] want to see the best players' play,'' Ponting said. ''But I guess the way it's sort of worked out this time, with a big chunk of our best team being out at once, you can understand they'd be making a fuss about it. I guess it's up to Cricket Australia to explain to them the reasons behind it all and work it out.''
Ponting said the addition of domestic Twenty20 tournaments around the world, such as the Indian Premier League and the Big Bash, put extra pressure on international players.
''The workloads of international players these days is pretty extreme and those guys [Clarke, Warner and Wade] all need a break,'' he said.
''Something cricket administrators, cricket teams, players and especially fans of the game have to understand is that it [resting players] happens in most other sports around the world.
''We will eventually see less one-day games. At the moment, I think we play six Twenty20 internationals a year and close to 30 one-dayers.
''I think that will flip in reverse once the next World Cup in Australia is over.''