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Ponting rules out Oz return

Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting on Wednesday collected the Sheffield Shield player of the year award and ruled out an international comeback for the Ashes cricket series in England. Ponting, 38, who will be in England playing for Surrey at the same time when the Australian teams attempt to regain the Ashes, said an international comeback was out of question for him.

‘I haven’t had the phone call yet. International cricket’s long passed me by and I’ve just been really excited about giving back to Tasmanian cricket whatever I could for this season. The decision you make to retire when you do is a very big one. I know I put a lot of time and thought into making the decision that I made for all the right reasons,’ said Ponting. Ponting has been the leading run scorer in the domestic competition, Sheffield Shield, with 875 runs for Tasmania at an average of 87.5.

‘It probably  wasn’t quite the year I was hoping for at the start of the season. As it turns out, I’ve had a pretty good year other than the three big games of Test match cricket that I’ve played where things didn’t quite go to plan,’ Ponting said while collecting the award at the Bellerive Oval.
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