Ponting primed for SA series
Ex-Australia captain Ricky Ponting says he's refreshed and primed to take on No 1-ranked South Africa in a three-test series next month.
The 37-year-old batsman has focused intensely on his fitness since his last test against the West Indies in April, saying he made the most of a rare winter off after quitting limited-overs international cricket.
Australia's leading test runscorer shrugged off speculation last year about his retirement plans and intends to keep playing as a specialist batsmen under captain Michael Clarke as long as selectors pick him.
After scoring an unbeaten 85 for Tasmania in a domestic first-class match against South Australia on Thursday, Ponting said, "I have got myself in a good state now, and feeling good about everything, so I am right where I want to be."