McGrath ‘not retiring yet’

by admin on August 30th, 2019

filed under 苏州半永久

Ponting said McGrath told him today that he was stunned at the speculation about his future, following the retirement of Shane Warne.


“I actually sat next to him on the plane today and he can’t believe some of the attention and some of the things that have been written in the paper, particularly today,” Ponting said.

“I certainly haven’t had the conversation with Glenn that I had with Shane the other night so that would to me indicate that he’s thinking about playing a bit longer yet.”

Meanwhile, Ponting said that he never tried to talk Warne out of changing his mind about quitting the game.

He said he was saddened to lose such a good teammate but respected the spin star’s decision.

“I think I was a bit shocked a bit saddened like everybody else was — not that he made the decision because he’d obviously thought long and hard about wanting to retire,” Ponting said.

“But because of the fact I played with him for so long and he’s a really good friend of mine and I’ve learned a lot from him about the game.

“Whenever you lose someone you’ve been close to for a long period of time it’s sad.

“But he’s obviously made that decision on other things he wanted to do in his life so I didn’t at any stage ever try to talk him out of it,” he said.

Ponting said he had impressed on the team the need to win the remaining two tests in Melbourne and Sydney as a testament to Warne.

“We want to win the next two games and it would be a fitting end for Shane if we did that and that’s the way we’ve got to approach these next two,” he said.

Ponting said there was no room for a relaxed approach even though Australia has already wrapped up the Ashes series.

“I think we owe it to ourselves and we owe it to the fans around

Australia to make sure that we aren’t any more relaxed,” he said.

“Losing last time stung everybody and we’ve go to make sure now that… with Warney doing what he’s done, we can actually use that as some sort of motivation to make sure we send off one of the all time greats of the game on the right note.”

And he is convinced Australia can make it 5-0.

“Absolutely, if we keep playing the cricket that we’ve played in the first three then I think England should find it very hard to win a game,” Ponting said.

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