I have to lead by example in South Africa: Ponting

Ricky Ponting said he would ‘lead by example’ and expected the same from some of his senior colleagues.

Written by Agencies | Melbourne | Published: February 16, 2009 4:17:54 pm

As Australia heads for a gruelling Test tour of South Africa with an inexperienced side,skipper Ricky Ponting said he would ‘lead by example’ and expected the same from some of his senior colleagues.

“If we look at those on the plane to South Africa,four have never played a Test,two have played only one and just four have played more than Mitchell Johnson’s 18: (Michael) Clarke,Mike Hussey,Simon Katich and myself.

“That creates extra responsibility for us four. As senior players,we must stand up and lead from the front to show the younger players the way,” Ponting wrote in his column for the ‘Australian’.

“I know that as captain and the most experienced player in the team,it is up to me to set the example.”

Concerned about the challenge the youngsters face while graduating from domestic to international level,the skipper said he was ready to help them out.

“It is a big step from domestic to Test cricket,and we have to make the transition for the younger and inexperienced players as comfortable as possible,” he said.

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