RUMOURS are circulating that former Australian Test Cricket captain, Ricky Ponting, may return to England in the second half of 2012 to play county cricket with Somerset County Cricket Club.
Somerset Director of Cricket, Brian Rose, is reported to have confirmed to Sky Sports that his club is interested in signing the 37-year old from Mowbray, Tasmania. Ponting had a successful stint with the English club in 2004 and has said he would be keen to return if the opportunity were there.
“Ricky Ponting had a great time for Somerset and everybody is delighted to see he’s still interested in playing cricket,” Rose told Sky.
“I know he’s retired from one-day cricket but his first class career is still in operation. If at some stage both our interests come together then that [signing him] would be a possibility.”
However, Rose confirmed that Somerset are yet to approach Ponting with discussions or an offer.
Earlier this year, Australian Cricket selectors dropped Ponting from the Aussie One Day International (ODI) team following a suite of poor performances. With a career ODI batting average of over 42, his most recent average in Sri Lanka amount to a risible 3.6.
But Ponting intends to seek ongoing selection for the Australian Test team and playing county cricket is seen as a way for him to maintain form before the approaching summer Test series between Australia and South Africa.
Ponting enjoyed his short county cricket career in the English south western town of Taunton last time round and reportedly would not be adverse to a return.
Somerset County Cricket Club have emerged as a well-heeled and determined outift and have launched into 2012 with a number of high-profile international additions, including South African all-rounders Vernon Philander and Albie Morkel and West Indian legend Chris Gayle.
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