As the Australian cricket team chases its first Ashes win on English soil since 2001, former skipper Ricky Ponting will be watching from the sidelines.
Ponting scored more than 13,000 Test runs during a 17-year international career, but stood down from Test cricket in 2012 and will soon retire from all forms of the game.
According to the 2012 Forbes Cricket Rich List, Ponting made more than $4 million last year, but while he’s not short of a few bucks, he’ll still need something to do during his retirement.
Here are 3 ideas fit for an Aussie legend…
1. Your country needs you
Ponting could follow in the footsteps of former Pakistan cricket captain, Imran Khan, and get into politics. He looks alright in a suit and after all those press conferences he wouldn’t need any media training. International diplomacy might be an issue of course, but he’d get the voters fired up and his competitive streak would surely liven up Q&A.
2. From wickets to Wipeout
If Ponting has had his fill of politics after all those years as Aussie cricket captain, he could always try a career in TV. But rather than the classic switch from player to pundit, he could take his lead from fellow former Test cricketer Mike Whitney and host his own game show. It would need to be something with lots of shouting and running about like Whitney’s Who Dares Wins (a sort of 90s equivalent of the Fear Factor). How about the next season of Wipeout?
Or if Punter fancies something a bit more serious and meaningful he could get some tips from his former international team-mate Matthew Hayden. After calling time on his Test cricket career in 2009, Hayden landed a six-part reality TV show on the LifeStyle Channel. Matthew Hayden’s Home Ground saw the former opener getting back to his rural roots and trying to live a more sustainable life.
3. Doing a Warney
Ponting is a family man so running a nightclub or dating a famous actress probably wouldn’t interest him. But he could land himself some Warney-style celebrity endorsements. The former king of spin has put his name to everything from video games and poker websites to hair loss treatment and beer. And it’s working out pretty well for him, with his net worth hitting $50 million last year according to therichest.org.