Ponting to be rested

Melbourne: Australian will be without its captain Ricky Ponting in the rest of the ODI cricket series against New Zealand as the national selectors want to give him enough rest before the South African tour.

Michael Clarke will take over the responsibility of leading the team in Ponting’s absence.

“We are discussing Ricky having a break at the moment. The reality is if he doesn’t have a break now, he won’t get one until the end of the South African tour It’s been pretty hard on him since India — it’s been a long stint. Ricky wanted to play the entire South African series so if there is going to be a break, it will be against New Zealand,” chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch was quoted in The Australian. — PTI

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