Melbourne: Ricky Ponting has received support from former India captain Sourav Ganguly who feels that the veteran Australian should be given a longer lease of life as he can help in grooming younger players in the team.
"The likes of Ponting and Hussey should be given the chance to breathe a bit easily so they can create an atmosphere to help young players develop. Don't forget Ponting and Hussey are watched closely by the likes of David Warner, Ed Cowan, Shaun Marsh in the dressing room," Ganguly said.
"For Australian cricket, it's about the present and the veterans can help this team perform better. They need only look at the Indian examples of Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar for proof," Ganguly wrote in a column for Sydney Morning Herald.
Ganguly said Ponting and Hussey still have something to offer to Australian cricket which is in transitional phase.
"I am a firm believer that if you know how to produce champions, you must also know how to look after them. It is important to get the best out of ageing greats and Australian selectors have to find a way to do so. Show some faith in the big names. Class doesn't just go vanish," he said.