Skipping IPL helped me: Ponting

Ponting, however, refused to criticise England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen for their dash for cash after each had been auctioned for $1.55 million.

“There was obviously a great incentive for those guys to go and play with the amount of money they went for, and I guess they were always coming back from the IPL early for the Test matches,” Ponting was quoted in The Guardian.

“But for me, it was pretty simple: it was about how long our summer was and how much cricket we played. It was a good opportunity for me to have a couple of weeks off cricket and make sure that when I got here for the start of this tournament I was in the best physical and mental shape I could be,” he said.

Ponting also dismissed talk of Australia being underprepared for the World Twenty20 Championships, and said his side was instead ‘in the best shape’ following the break before the big event.

Ponting, along with Michael Clarke and Mike Hussey, deliberately skipped IPL, preferring rest ahead of a busy summer.

Ponting said if at all Flintoff played in the Ashes and was not 100 percent fit, he would not be able to leave any impact.

“That’s the big decision the England selectors will have to make before the first Test.

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