Ponting retired from Test cricket earlier this summer but has returned to play with Tasmania and his Sheffield Shield form has been outstanding.
Australia's all-time leading run scorer made a not out 200 earlier this month at Bellerive against NSW and now has been the only player in the match currently in progress to reach a half-century with his 76 in the second innings against Western Australia at the WACA Ground.
Ponting's focus remains on team success, though, and with the Tigers on track to bowl WA out on the third day in Perth, Tasmania is still a chance to qualify for the Shield final with games against Queensland and Victoria to come this season.
Trying to play in a winning Sheffield Shield side is Ponting's focus right now before he thinks about what to do next year.
The 38-year-old has committed to play county cricket over the Australian winter with Surrey so a decision to play on with Tasmania next summer would mean he is basically committed to another full 12 months of cricket. He has not made up his mind yet though.
"I honestly don’t know. I hope it's not my last time here and I would like to keep playing, but I will wait and see how we finish off this season," Ponting said.
"When I retired from international cricket I said I would see how Tassie finished off this year and we are not in the Ryobi Cup final, but we have a bit to play for as far as Shield cricket is concerned.
"This week has gone pretty well for us so far. I would love to come back and play another season, but we will wait and see."
Tasmania has dominated WA in the current Shield match with the bowling of Ben Hilfenhaus, Luke Butterworth and James Faulkner particularly strong.
Alex Doolan, Jon Wells, Faulkner and Jason Krejza have made handy runs on a difficult pitch as well and the combination the Tigers have is why Ponting remains confident of a successful finish to the season.
"There's a bit to play for the team and I love coming back playing for Tassie, and love playing finals. We played two finals last year and weren’t quite good enough to get across the line so my focus is to play as well as I can to give this the best chance of making a Shield final, and seeing how we go from there," he said.
"I want to win every game I play, that's what cricket has always been about for me. It's not about playing, it's about winning and that's what I want to do this game. Nothing changes there, but we are approaching this game like any other. We knew if we perform our skills as well as we can we will be a good chance of winning."
Ponting's form certainly suggests he could play on and be a prolific run scorer for Tasmania next season if he decides in that direction.
On a wicket in Perth where no other batsman has looked at all comfortable, Ponting's straight driving and pulling was a delight to witness on his way to 76.
While he couldn’t quite pull off a century after also making 95 in the one-day win over WA on Tuesday, he is happy with the way he is still batting.
"It was disappointing, but it's been that sort of wicket. Most of our batters who have got off to a decent start have got out to balls that have just got them out. Doolan, Wells and Faulkner all got unplayable deliveries in this innings so there's still enough happening on the surface there," Ponting said.
"The way I approached it was that if there was anything that was overly full or short I needed to capitalise on it because if you let the bowlers dictate to you then they are always a chance of knocking you over.
"They have been the trademarks of my game for 20-odd years so it's nice to see that they are still there, and I'm playing well at the moment. That's the way I approached it today and hopefully we can get a few more out of our last wicket in the morning and give the WACA's a pretty tough run chase."