Ricky Ponting has full backing of selectors: Mickey Arthur

Despite his failures in the first two Tests against South Africa, coach Mickey Arthur says that Ricky Ponting is certain to play the decider at Perth.

updated: November 27, 2012 13:37 IST
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Adelaide: Ricky Ponting has the unanimous backing of selectors as he searches for runs to save his Test career and will play in the series decider against South Africa, coach Mickey Arthur said Tuesday.

The former Australia skipper, who turns 38 next month, has failed in three innings against the Proteas during draws in Brisbane and Adelaide and pressure is building on the 167-Test veteran ahead of Friday's third Test in Perth.

Ponting admitted in Adelaide that he was a realist and knew that if he did not start scoring runs then he "definitely" would not be in England for the Ashes in July and August next year.

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