I will lead Australia against Proteas: Ponting

Updated: 04 December 2008 13:44 IST

Ending suspense over his participation in the series opener against South Africa due to a wrist injury, Ricky Ponting declared himself fit.

Melbourne:

Ending suspense over his participation in the series opener against South Africa due to a wrist injury, Australian skipper Ricky Ponting on Thursday declared himself fit for the Test, beginning on December 17.

Ponting met with his surgeon Greg Hoy and came out with news that there was no threat to his participation in the match.

"All the results were good. He advised me that there's no need for cortisone or anything like that at this stage. So I'll continue on as I have been," Ponting said. "I will be captaining Australia against South Africa in the Tests."

Ponting said it was a regular visit to the doctor and that he has coped well with the injury.

"Any batsman coming back from a wrist operation would require ongoing management for lingering pain. I have been managing this since the start of the Indian tour and haven't missed one training session or game," Ponting told AAP.

Ponting had injured his wrist during a one-dayer against the West Indies in Grenada and was ruled out of the subsequent one-day series against Bangladesh in August.

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