Ponting: I'm not retiring

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Ricky Ponting

Captain Ricky Ponting insists that he still has plenty to offer Australia ahead of their World Cup quarter-final clash with India tomorrow

Ricky Ponting leads Australia into tomorrow`s last-eight tie with India adamant that he is not finished as an international cricketer.

A poor year for the captain, which has seen him lose form and the Ashes urn for a third time, has not got any better on the sub-continent, with his performances not mirroring those of his team-mates.

That has led to talk that the 36-year-old Tasmanian will call time on his career after the World Cup, but he insists he is far from finished.

“I don't see the finish line, I want to keep playing both forms of the game as long as I think I can contribute," Ponting, his country's all-time leading run-scorer in ODIs, said.

“Nothing's changed for me in the past 12 months. I've said all along, every time I've been asked about retirement, I'm enjoying my cricket as much as ever. I've never, ever thought about retirement or where the finish line might be.

“I've been trying to prepare myself as best I can as a player and lead the side as well as possible. For some reason, these retirement things keep popping up all the time.”

Australia, the three-time defending champions, hold the better head-to-head record out of the two, having won 61 of their 104 meetings, while they have also won seven out of nine clashes in the World Cup.

Mike Hussey is likely to keep his place in the Australia side ahead of brother David, while India hope to welcome Virender Sehwag back after a knee injury.

Ashish Nehra will definitely return, though, meaning Sehwag is the host nation`s only fitness doubt.

“We are taking a call (on Sehwag) in the evening or maybe tomorrow morning before the start of the game. Apart from that, all the others are fit," captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said.

The normally swashbuckling Sehwag averages just shy of 23 in ODI cricket against Australia, but Dhoni still knows his importance to the team.

He added: "It's really good to have Sehwag opening the innings for you, because deliveries will be short and to the body or somewhere else. He's the kind of batsmen, if you are slightly wrong with it, he can make the most of that kind of a bowling.

"It's really good to have him, he can play an aggressive game, change the course of a game in the first five overs, give your team the kind of momentum that is needed."

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