Date: May 02 2012
Ricky Ponting's chances of earning another crack at Ashes redemption remain well and truly alive after Australian coach Mickey Arthur backed the 37-year-old to continue until at least next year's Test tour of England.
Ponting struggled in Australia's recent 2-0 Test series win in the West Indies, posting just 146 runs at an average of 24.33.
''I know there was a lot of media pressure and talk around Ricky, but Ricky's not going anywhere,'' Arthur said yesterday.
''We hope Ricky's scoring enough runs to go to the Ashes in England.
''Ricky is definitely no way considering retiring … and he'll be fit and ready to go against South Africa.
''I think if we win the Ashes, then maybe he'll go out on the top of his game. Look, I don't know.
''But Ricky's still got a lot of Test runs in him - there's no doubt about that.''
Arthur said he wasn't concerned about Ponting's light schedule over coming months.
''He'll be prepared - he'll be ready,'' Arthur said. ''He trains exceptionally hard [and] works on his game all the time.''
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