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Ricky Ponting rules out making a return to international cricket during the Ashes

Ricky Ponting in action for Tasmania in the Sheffield Shield

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Ricky Ponting has moved to clarify his comments that he had made himself available for selection for this summer's Ashes series.

The former Australia captain said in an interview with the Daily Mail that he would "never say never" if asked to help out the national team against England, although he added that a call-up was "extremely unlikely".

However, speaking to Sky Sports News, the 38-year-old ruled out playing any part in the series.

Ponting - England in great shape

"I did an interview with the Mail yesterday and probably didn't answer this question exactly the way I would have liked," said Ponting, who is in England playing county cricket for Surrey.

"I'm a happily retired international cricketer. There'll be a squad of 17, 18 players and there'll be reserve batsmen on standby, ready to go if anyone in the starting XI loses a bit of form.

"I won't be playing Ashes cricket this time, there's no doubt about that.

"I'm pleased everyone out there thinks that there's still an opportunity, that I might be good enough to play, but I'm happily retired and it's time for the young guys now to make the most of their opportunities."

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