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Oct 26, 2010

Ponting to return for Sri Lanka ODI Series

Skipper Ricky Ponting will return to action against Sri Lanka ODI Series, Australia enter final preparations for the Ashes series against England, officials said Tuesday.

Ricky Ponting and Shane Watson were both named in the 15-man squad for three match one-day internationals series next week after being rested for the 2-0 Test defeat in India.

Wicketkeeper and batsman Brad Haddin and fast bowler Peter Siddle were also included as they continue their recovery from injury. Australia face Sri Lanka on November 3, 5 and 7.

Ponting faced calls for his resignation after returning from the Test series defeat to India which pushed Australia down to 5th in ICC test rankings.

Some players including batsman Michael Clarke and spinner Nathan Hauritz will be searching for form against Sri Lanka, the final internationals before the five-Test Ashes series opens on November 25.

Australia squad - Ricky Ponting (captain), Michael Clarke (vice-captain), Shane Watson, Shaun Marsh, Brad Haddin(wk), Mike Hussey, Cameron White, Xavier Doherty, John Hastings, Nathan Hauritz, Mitchell Johnson, Clint McKay, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc.

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