Ricky Ponting hopes his Ashes bid not quite up in smoke

Ricky Ponting isn't thinking about the Ashes right now, more concerned with his immediate future after three batting failures against South Africa.

updated: November 25, 2012 13:37 IST
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Adelaide: Ponting, who will turn 38 next month, has long targeted the 2013 tour to England as a chance to redeem himself for losing back-to-back Ashes series as Australia skipper. He stood down from the captaincy last year -- before he was pushed -- but has maintained he won't retire any time soon and is leaving it up to selectors to drop him if he's not good enough to earn his place as a specialist batsman.

"I haven't spoken to the selectors anything about my immediate future. And they haven't spoken to me about it, either," Ponting said in a television interview today with another ex-test captain, Mark Taylor.

"I'm sure that conversation is going to come, probably, and in the near future. But nothing has happened just yet."

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