Clouds Gather for Under Pressure Ricky Ponting

Sydney, Feb 7 (AFP) Ricky Ponting has endured a troubled build-up to his quest for a fourth consecutive World Cup crown and his third title as Australia captain.

Ponting earned the dubious distinction as the only Australian skipper to fail to win the Ashes three times in the recent home Test series against England amid calls for him to be replaced as captain.

Complicating the issue was a broken little finger that forced the 36-year-old out of the fifth Sydney Ashes Test and also from the entire seven-game one-day series against England, leaving him well short of match fitness for the World Cup.

Ponting only resumed training at the start of the month following surgery after the Boxing Day Melbourne Test match.


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