Australia batsman Ricky Ponting knows he is on the brink of missing next year's Ashes as his poor Test form continues against South Africa.
The former captain may have been in exceptional Sheffield Shield form early in the summer as he plundered 355 runs at 118.33 for Tasmania, but Ponting hasn't taken that into the Test arena where he has managed just 20 runs at 6.66.
"I'm a realist," Ponting told Australia's Channel Nine. "I live in the real world and I know that if I'm not making runs I might not see the summer out, so I definitely won't be in England."
He went on: "I haven't spoken to selectors about my immediate future and they haven't spoken to me about it either.
"(But) I am sure that conversation is going to come in the near future.
"Nothing has happened just yet. The disappointing thing with me in this Test series is that coming in I felt really good.
"My Sheffield Shield stuff was really good and I felt like I was batting better than I had in a few years.
"That is the difficult thing.
"But we'll wait and see what happens at the end of the game.
"I've got no illusions or disillusions about where I'm at, or where my cricket's at."