Melbourne: Former Australian cricketer Dean Jones on Sunday joined the stemming list of former Australian players asking for Ricky Ponting's removal as skipper, saying the beleaguered batsman should in fact consider ODI retirement.

"The skipper made a brilliant, tough century in the quarterfinal against India, but sadly, it wasn't enough. I believe he has broken his injured finger again and it might be time for him to retire from one-day international cricket," Jones said.



"Ponting is our greatest one-day player and the second-best player to have played for Australia since Donald Bradman. If Cricket Australia wants to take the captaincy off him, that's fine. But let Ponting decide when he wants to pull the plug in one-day and Test cricket. We need hard nuts like 'Punter' and he would love to help the young kids out," he said.

The players who got most admire from Jones were pace spearhead Brett Lee, all-rounder Shane Watson and wicket-keeper Brad Haddin. Jones gave all three of them 8 out of 10.

"An awesome performance and Lee has two years left in him to lead the attack. It is not necessarily how he performs for Australia, but rather what he can offer to the younger quicks in the team," he said.

About Haddin, Jones said, "He is getting better but will the selectors think Haddin will be around in the next World Cup when there is a young Tim Paine around? He is such a great team player, and I believe he still has a lot to offer."

(Agencies)