Now, Ponting is the 'elephant in the room'

Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns has called Ricky Ponting the "elephant in the room" and said Cricket Australia needs to end his 16-year Test career, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

Ponting has expressed his desire to carry on, saying the likes of Tendulkar and Dravid — who continue to do well after all these years — are an inspiration for him. His Australian teammates including skipper Michael Clarke have backed Ponting's decision.

Cairns, who retired from Test cricket as a 34-year-old, however is not impressed. He feels the Australian team needs to let go of the former skipper to move forward.

 Now, Ponting is the elephant in the room

Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns feels the Australian team needs to let go of Ricky Ponting (above) to move forward. Reuters

"I don't think you can have two years averaging 27 as a No. 3. I think it's time," Cairns said yesterday.

"And when you look at the likes of Mark Taylor, (Ian) Healy, Mark Waugh — they were told it was their time. And there's an elephant in the room at the moment in Ricky Ponting that nobody is really addressing.

"Don't get me wrong, I've got the utmost respect for Ricky Ponting but there's a time and a place. And for me, his time and place is Hobart in the second Test against New Zealand. That's to say, 'Thanks very much'."

The former Kiwi skipper said it's a call Ponting has to take and that Australian selectors needed to decide on the future of the soon-to-be 37-year-old.

"Australia for me was an uncompromising cricket nation, but I've felt there's been decisions they make that have been compromising (in) the last couple of years," Cairns said.

"Absolutely (Cricket Australia are avoiding the tough decisions). They've allowed Ricky to keep going because of his stature in the game and who he is. But why should he have to make the call? At the end of the day, for me, Australia has always been about the team and what's best. He is behind Bradman, Australia's greatest batsman, so they're managing it. But I just think it's an elephant in the room. I really do. Australia has got rebuilding to do."

Read the entire Sydney Morning Herald article here.

[Source: The Sydney Morning Herald]

Updated Date: Nov 30, 2011 17:02:45 IST