Ponting: Ashes loss would cost job
Ricky Ponting admits defeat in this winter's home Ashes series would almost certainly spell the end of his reign as Australia captain.
The 35-year-old, who was at the helm when England won both the 2005 and 2009 series, could become the first Australia skipper in over 100 years to lose three Ashes series if the tourists triumph this winter.
And Ponting accepts another loss would be unacceptable.
“I’d probably be looking for a new job if we lose again,” he said. “It’s as simple as that.
“I’ve got the biggest eight months of my career coming up. We are playing India, then England and then the World Cup.
“It doesn’t get any bigger than that and everything I do between now and April will be geared at getting the most out of myself and, most importantly, the group.
“If I’m able to do that I think there are some pretty special things on the horizon for this team.”
Despite his admittance, Ponting insists he is not feeling any extra pressure to regain the urn.
“I haven’t thought about any added pressure on me,” he added.
“I’m just thinking about being the best player I can be and having a significant impact on the Ashes series as a batsman and as a leader. That’s all I can control.
“I know what it takes to be a good player in a big series and I know what it will take for the rest of the guys.
“Our guys understand better than ever the direction we’re going in and what they have to do as individuals to have success.
“If we keep working on the little things every day I think you’ll see some great performances in the Ashes.”
Australia saved face with a 78-run win in Wednesday’s fourth one-day international to avoid a NatWest Series whitewash.
But Ponting, who passed 13,000 ODI runs in his knock of 92 at the Brit Oval, accepts England fully deserve their series win.
“England are worthy winners of this series,” he told the Daily Mail. “They outplayed us in the first three games. We’re not making any excuses.”