1 Jan 2011

Australian cricket coach is certain Ponting will return

11:48 am on 1 January 2011

The Australian cricket coach Tim Neilsen is certain Ricky Ponting will return to lead the country's Test side once more.

The under-seige Ponting has been ruled out of the series deciding fifth Test against England because of ongoing problems with a broken finger.

After a dismal time in the Ashes series there are many calls for the 36-year-old Ponting to retire but Tim Nielsen disagrees.

Nielsen says "there's still plenty of kick in the old dog yet" and he's an integral member of the team.