Australia greats rule out Ashes returns

20 March 2013 04:32:04 EST
Ricky Ponting (left) has ruled out a return for Australia in the Ashes.

Former Australia stars Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey have ruled out returning to the international fold for the Ashes series in England later this summer.

The batsmen called time on their Baggy Greens careers in recent months and neither man is keen to return to the fold, despite Australia's recent problems.

With Australia 33/1 to win back the Ashes on English soil, former captain Ponting said: "International cricket has long passed me by.

International cricket has long passed me by.

Ricky Ponting

"The decision you make to retire, when you do, is a very big one. I know I put a lot of time and thought into making the decision that I made for all the right reasons."

Meanwhile, left-hander Hussey took a similar view to Ponting, adding: "I've moved on and I really don't want to be back in that pressure-cooker environment, particularly leading into the Ashes."

Australia are currently in action in India, where they have lost the first three Tests of a four-match series, with coach Mickey Arthur admitting that his current batters are struggling to fill the boots of Ponting and Hussey.

"I'm hoping that these younger players will take over that mantle in time to come," Arthur said. "They're nowhere near ready yet."

The final Test in India begins in Delhi on Friday morning, with the hosts 4/5 to complete a 4-0 whitewash, while Australia are 11/4 to secure a draw and 10/3 to earn a consolation victory.

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