Ponting must think about retiring on his terms: Harvey

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Sydney, Jan 6 (ANI): Australian skipper Ricky Ponting, who failed with the bat for the second time in the Sydney Test against Pakistan, and is facing continuous pressure over his decision to bat first, will now have to tackle demands of his retirement after the Ashes series next summer.

Ponting scored just 11, after his first-innings golden duck, and criticism are being aimed in his direction over his captaincy and his batting like bowlers aiming short balls at his still-tender elbow.

Neil Harvey believes Ponting would be best served retiring on his terms, and believes a home series against England would be a fitting finale, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

"'That'll be an ideal time to quit. 'He'll probably play as long as he wants to play, which I think is very sad. I hate to see fellas going backwards quickly. I'd like to see the player make up his own mind, like Davo (Alan Davidson) and I did," Harvey said.

"We retired at 34 and that was enough. We felt we weren't getting any better, and you don't want to look at the stage where you're going to get dropped. 'There'd be nothing more embarrassing to me. I'd like to see everybody take that same attitude and say I've reached as far as I can go, I've had a great career, call it quits," he added.

Ponting has been criticised heavily for his decision to bat first on the green SCG wicket on day one, something Harvey described as a "big mistake".

On Tuesday, Pakistani bowling coach Waqar Younis had also admitted that he felt Ponting was vulnerable after being struck on the elbow by West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach in Perth.

Harvey said: "Age is catching up with a few, and the captain's one of them. And if he thinks he's going to go to England in three years, then I'll be very surprised, because I can see these guys going downhill a little bit, and they can't see it themselves. I can see him losing it a bit." (ANI)

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