Melbourne: Australia skipper Michael Clarke said on Wednesday that it will be a "weird" and "strange" feeling when he will walk out in Hobart to play against Sri Lanka without Ricky Ponting, who he says is a "giant of the game". Selectors have pushed Ponting to walk away from the One-day format.
The match against Sri Lanka on Friday will be Australia's first ODI since Ponting, the two time World Cup winning skipper, announced his decision to quit ODIs.
"It's going to be a weird feeling walking onto Hobart's Blundstone Arena Friday without Ricky Ponting. He has been such an important fixture of Australian cricket from the time I was still at school. It's going to be strange when I look around the field during our one-day match against Sri Lanka and can't see him there," Clarke wrote in his coloumn for 'Daily Telegraph'.