Melbourne: Under-fire Australian skipper Ricky Ponting is hoping for a "Tendulkar-sort rebirth" after he struck a splendid century against India in the World Cup quarterfinal in Ahmedabad last Thursday.

"I guess with even making some runs in this last game that I've played and getting that really good feeling back about my batting again, hopefully it might be a bit of a kick-start for a Tendulkar-sort rebirth, if you like," Ponting said on Sunday, on his arrival from India.

Indian maestro, Sachin Tendulkar has scored 379 World Cup runs at an average of 54. He averaged 81 in his most recent Test series against South Africa in a battle between the world's top two ranked nations.

Ponting said the next couple of days would be vital for him in deciding the way forward for both him and the team.

"I see myself as a leader around the group, simple as that, whether I'm captain or not I still think I've got a lot to offer as far as leadership qualities go,” he said.

Though heartened by the recent support of senior officials, Ponting said he was "absolutely" prepared to drop down the order and not continue as captain, "if that's what they (Cricket Australia,) and I believe is the best way forward."

He admitted the quantity of runs he scored in recent months had been "a lot shorter" than what he wanted.

But Ponting emphasised he had no retirement date in mind.

"I'll know the right time that it's time for me to not be playing anymore and I haven't found that time just yet," Ponting said.
He feels that the upcoming review of Australian cricket needed to examine the game from the bottom up.

"Starting at grassroot level and junior cricket, right the way through the elite teams and their performances, we have to turn that upside down and inside out," Ponting said.

(Agencies)