Ricky Ponting is, without doubt, one of the most prolific batsman in the history of test cricket.

At present, he is the third leading scorer in test match cricket behind only Indians Dravid and Tendulkar. His incredibly average of 52.64 is something that would make you think that it would be impossible for the Australian team to drop him.

However, this only tells part of the story. In the history of the game in Australia, almost all ex-captains have left the side immediately after either losing or giving up the captaincy.

Ponting is adamant he still has plenty to offer this side in transition, and claims he is hitting the ball as purely as ever has done. However, the figures are not on his side in the slightest (which means you’d get good odds if you make a cricket bet on him hitting 100.)

In the last 2 years, he has only averaged 34.67, with just the one century made, which was a double century at home ground in Hobart.

There is no doubting Ponting’s class as a stroke maker, but he is at a stage in his career when the selectors have no choice but to get rid if he doesn’t perform consistently. With a 4 test match series against India looming, it really is a case of now or never for Ponting.

Recently, he has shown signs of a return to form, with back to back half centuries against South Africa and New Zealand, and as Ponting has proved time and time again, he is a true Tasmanian fighter. It is these characteristics that mean you can never write off Ricky Ponting.