Friday, December 24, 2010

Ponting set for Boxing Day!

Ricky Ponting is on clue to booty his abode in Australia's ancillary for the Boxing Day Test afterwards accepting through a solid one-hour batting session.The skipper showed no signs of ache in the nets on Friday admitting fracturing his larboard little feel while fielding in block during aftermost week's win over England in the third Ashes Test in Perth.

Ponting batted adjoin the bowling apparatus in the calm nets at the MCG afore venturing alfresco to face some throw-downs from drillmaster Tim Nielsen and additionally booty on some of the net bowlers.

Vice-captain Michael Clarke said Ponting had told him he was admiring with how the affair went."He said it acquainted appealing acceptable afterwards adverse some assurance on the machines and adverse the bowlers (in the nets)," Clarke told a columnist conference.

"We're all hopeful and confident. Unless they cut his feel off, it's activity to be absolutely adamantine to leave Punter out."He's activity to accept to delay until tomorrow to see how it pulls up afterwards accepting a bat today.

Clarke said Ponting would abstain his accepted position in block for the Melbourne Test, which may about-face out to be a benefit in a appropriate sense."Ricky absolutely won't acreage in slips. He'll apparently acreage at mid-off or mid-on," Clarke said.

"As continued as you're appealing abutting to seeing the band which the bowlers are bowling, it's apparently more good for the bowlers that Punt's there to be able to allocution to them as well."He has fielded there affluence of times in one-day candid so I don't anticipate it makes abundant difference."

Uncapped New South Wales youngster Usman Khawaja is on standby for Ponting.With the alternation akin at 1-1, Australia can not allow to lose the fourth Test with England defective alone a fatigued alternation to absorb the urn.

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