Ricky Ponting back-tracks, rules out Ashes return

Ponting insisted Wednesday he was a "happily retired international cricketer", telling satellite broadcaster Sky Sports: "I did an interview with the Mail yesterday (Tuesday) and probably didn't answer this question exactly the way I would have liked.

updated: May 30, 2013 10:52 IST
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London: Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has back-tracked on his own suggestion he'd return to Test cricket as an emergency Ashes call-up by ruling himself out of the upcoming series against England.

The 38-year-old, one of the best batsmen of his generation, retired from Test cricket in December with 13,378 runs, including 41 hundreds, in 168 matches at an average of 51.85 to his name.

Ponting is in England, where Australia will hope to regain the Ashes in a series starting in July, to play county cricket for London-based side Surrey.

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