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Ponting not keen to rotate the strike

By Jim Morton 20/01/2005 07:50:56 PM Comments (0)

Ricky Ponting has no doubts Australia's "resting" policy is a huge help to the world champions but don't expect him to take part.

Ponting is adamant he needs to play as much cricket as possible after a disrupted 2004 left him fresher than many of his team-mates.

The 30-year-old skipper doesn't believe the added burden of captaincy has worn him down since returning from a thumb injury in November.

Australia's 14-man squad ensures players must be rotated but Ponting denied he will rested - the 'R' word he finds more politically correct than rotated.

Matthew Hayden and Glenn McGrath are the two latest players to be given a break from the VB Series to relax and freshen up after a heavy tour schedule dating back to August.

"There's no doubt giving guys a rest when they need it is very beneficial," Ponting said.

"If you look at Matty in the last couple of days he's jumping out of his skin to get back out there.

"When you have three or four days off it feels like a couple of weeks away from the game.

"But for me ... I don't think the captaincy does any more to me at all."

The Tasmanian's recent results, including a Test double century at the SCG and a one-day hundred in the tsunami relief match, speak for themselves.

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