Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting on Friday rejected the chance to play county cricket this year as he bids to play one last Ashes series in England in 2013.
The 37-year-old had been linked with English side Somerset but his manager James Henderson denied the reports via his Twitter account.
Instead, Ponting plans to rest after the upcoming Test series against the West Indies before attempting to extend his career long enough to play another Ashes series.
“Ricky is not turning his back on playing county cricket in the future but the 2012 season does not line up with his current priorities,” Henderson said.
“He will not be playing cricket from after the West Indies tour through until the start of the Sheffield Shield season. He will use the down time to spend more time with his family and refresh after a hectic past nine months.”