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Ponting puts Ashes revenge ahead of Twenty20 career

AUSTRALIA captain Ricky Ponting yesterday announced his retirement from Twenty20 cricket in order to prolong his glittering career.<br /><br />The 34-year-old will remain as Australian Test and one-day skipper but has decided to step aside from the shorter form of the game in order to enhance his chances of returning to England to break his Ashes duck.<br /><br />Twice Ponting has captained a losing side in an Ashes series on these shores and although he will be 38 come 2013, the Aussie batsman is desperate to address the balance.<br /><br />&ldquo;Having returned from England with the taste in my mouth that I had, I was very keen to be able to try and give it every possible crack to be back there again,&rdquo; Ponting said. &ldquo;This decision now is part of giving myself the best chance to achieve that.&rdquo;<br /><br />Ponting also revealed that his disappointing form with the bat in the Ashes series also contributed to the decision. &ldquo;Over the last couple of years I&rsquo;ve found it increasing difficult to play all three forms of the game at the level that I want to play them,&rdquo; he added.<br /><br />&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve looked at the Twenty20 program for the next couple of years. In the next 12 months alone, I&rsquo;ve looked at having probably an extra four weeks off which will give me an opportunity to get away and just make sure that I&rsquo;m ready to go for both the Test matches and the one-day cricket we have in that period.<br /><br />&ldquo;You look at even how I started this latest Ashes series, going in nice and fresh and making a hundred in the first game and almost going downhill during the series. I want to make sure that doesn&rsquo;t occur for the rest of my career. Having the extra few weeks at home will give me a better chance to do that.&rdquo;<br /><br />Ponting is currently taking a much-needed rest after the Ashes but is set to return to England on Saturday to take part in the rest of the one-day series.