Clarke admits part in Ponting axe
Michael Clarke is confident his relationship with Ricky Ponting will remain strong after admitting he played a part in his ODI axing.
Ponting will never again be seen wearing the green and gold Aussie one-day shirt after being dropped from the squad for the remainder of the triangular series with India and Sri Lanka following a dismal run of form.
While not actually announcing his one-day retirement, the 37-year-old has made it clear that he does not expect to be picked for the 50-over squad ever again and will focus his efforts solely on Test and domestic cricket.
The Tasmanian played 375 one-dayers and scored nearly 14,000 runs at an average of 42.03, with 30 centuries and 82 other scores of more than 50.
But despite a return to form in the recent Test series with India, he was unable to make double figures in five innings in the Commonwealth Bank Series, prompting the selectors to take action.
Clarke took over as captain of both the Test and one-day sides from Ponting and, as skipper, is part of the selection panel, and he admitted that he had played a part in the decision to effectively end the veteran's one-day career.
"I'm 100% part of the selection panel," he told a press conference. "That's part now of the captain's job. We've made this decision as a panel."
Clarke admits that it will be strange not to have the Launceston-born right-hander on the pitch when Australia play India on Friday but fully expects him to score many more runs in the five-day game.
"He's certainly going to be missed," he added. "I've been great friends with Punter for a long time and that certainly won't change. But I've also played a lot of one-day cricket with him and it's going to feel really weird looking around the field and not seeing him there.
"He's going to play a lot more Test cricket I hope," said Clarke. "So there's going to be plenty of time for Ricky to play international cricket for Australia."