Ponting eyes 2013 Ashes

Australia skipper refuses to rule out returning in four years

Last Updated: 26/08/09 3:11pm

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Ponting: Hasn't ruled out returning for the 2013 Ashes

Ponting: Hasn't ruled out returning for the 2013 Ashes

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Australia captain Ricky Ponting has refused to rule out returning to England for the 2013 Ashes.

"Having a pretty bitter and sour taste in my mouth at the end of that Test match, I'd love to be able to go back and give it one more crack."
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Ponting, who became only the second Australian captain to lose two Test series in England following the 2-1 series defeat, has returned home to calls for his dismissal.

However Ponting admits that following the disappointment of losing the Ashes in the final Test of the series at the Oval that returning to England in fours years time could be "achievable".

"Having a pretty bitter and sour taste in my mouth at the end of that Test match, I'd love to be able to go back and give it one more crack," said Ponting, who is now 34.

"I've got to worry about that the next 12 or 18 months and see if all that hunger or commitment is still there.

Determination

"Right at the moment it most definitely is. It's probably higher right now than ever before. Who knows, 2013 might be something achievable."

Despite facing increasing criticism over his captaincy on the back of defeats to India, South Africa and England, Ponting insists he still has plenty to give the side.

Ponting, who has left Michael Clarke in charge for the limited overs matches against England, said: "I've got a lot to offer the team, as a batsman and as a captain.

"If it ends up getting to the point where I'm not the captain, my hunger and determination to keep playing this game are as good as ever.

"If that's with a 'c' next to my name, all well and good. If it's not, I still think I have a lot to offer, particularly a lot of younger guys who are around our set-up at the moment."

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