‘Both ODI and T20 will survive’

Ponting hopes Symonds will be ready for the Ashes

Melbourne: Australia captain Ricky Ponting has admitted that one of the most challenging summers of his career which saw his side falling from the pedestal started with a Test series defeat to India in October last year.

The summer saw the end of Australia’s domination in world cricket which was evident from its 0-2 defeat in the four-match Test series in India and Test and ODI loss at home against South Africa.

“It’s been a challenging year, there is no doubt about that, going back to the start of the Indian tour. We knew India was going to be challenging and it probably ended up being exactly what we thought it was going to be,” Ponting told Daily Telegraph.

New talent

Ponting, however, insisted it was quite satisfactory to see new talents emerging and handling responsibilities during the summer.

“The whole year, there have been some challenges, but it has been an exciting one for me as well. To see the new fresh faces makes it an exciting time,” he said.

Ponting does not think Twenty20 cricket as a threat to the One-Dayers.

“I think both (ODI and T20) will survive. There is any doubt about that. We are playing more and more Twenty20. It seems like the fans want to see it and the players have taken the game on board in the last 12 months,” said Ponting.

Ponting also hoped that troubled all-rounder Andrew Symonds would be ready in time for the Ashes series.

“I just hope he is in a position where he can be seriously considered by selectors, that is what we all want. That will be through scoring a lot of runs for Queensland and everything else being on track as well.” — PTI

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