Ponting would consider Cricket Australia role

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Ricky Ponting says he would consider succeeding Rod Marsh as Cricket Australia's chairman of selectors.

Marsh quit this month after Australia's comprehensive Test defeats to South Africa in Perth and Hobart.

Former captain Ponting, a modern great of the sport who retired from the long form of the game in 2012, has not been approached by the national governing body but has indicated his tentative interest in the vacancy.

"I haven't been asked about any role at all, I haven't had a phone call from anyone yet," Ponting told Fairfax Media. 

"I'd consider it. I said from the moment I retired that Australian cricket is me. I love Australian cricket and some of the guys that are playing now, I played cricket with them.

"I'm open to discuss any role with Cricket Australia and whatever they come to me with I'll talk to my family and if we can make it work then great, because I want the best for Australian cricket and I think I've got a lot to offer as far as that's concerned."

It remains to be seen if Cricket Australia can convince the 41-year-old to take on the challenge of reinvigorating the ailing national team's five-day fortunes.

"It's a tough job and it's a thankless job as well," he said.

"If you pick a team and it wins you don't get any credit, but if you pick a team and it loses all of a sudden you're the worst in the world.

"I'm still incredibly passionate about the game and about Australian cricket, but it's hard to find a role that's going to work both for me and for Cricket Australia."

One man who believes Ponting could thrive in the position is former team-mate Mike Hussey, who played with the batsman for seven years at Test level.

"Without a doubt, he's got a fantastic cricket brain," Hussey told radio station 3AW.

"He would be a fantastic asset to have back around Australian cricket."