The century was his first in Test cricket in almost two years. "Cricket writers and commentators were stunned by what they saw as [Ponting's] efforts to improve Australia's sluggish over rate rather than going for broke to try and win the vital Nagpur Test." He scored 41 followed by a 15-ball duck in a semi-final victory against the West Indies, as Australia staggered to 8/207. [148] Ponting improved further against India in match eight in Bangalore. Thus, the Ashes were lost for the first time in 16 years. Ponting's parents first lived in Prospect 4.1 km (2.5 mi) south of city centre; however, they moved into the working-class area of Newnham, 6 km (3.7 mi) north of central Launceston. The Delhi team reached the playoffs in 2019. Australia won yet again, sweeping the series 3–0, and Ponting was in full praise of Boon. He was dismissed in the following over for 65. In a three-day warm-up match ahead of the Tests, Ponting scored 19, with Greg Blewett scoring a century and Langer compiling a half-century. However, the series against India was much harder-fought. [71], Ponting started the 1999–2000 season poorly, with ducks in his first three Test innings in the series against Pakistan, including a pair on his home ground Bellerive Oval. Australia then started the ODI series well, qualifying in first place for the final. He also led Australia to ICC Champions Trophy victory twice in a row, in 2006 and 2009. [301], Ponting was known as an aggressive right-handed batsman who played a wide repertoire of shots with confidence, most notably the pull and hook. Australia appeared to be heading out of the tournament when the Caribbean team reached 2/165, but a sudden collapse saw Australia win by six runs in the last over. "[62], Sri Lanka batted first and scored 251, before Ponting—batting at number five due to Steve Waugh's absence through injury—arrived at the crease with Australia at a comfortable 3/422. Ricky Ponting predicts Australian supremacy over injury-ravaged India at Gabba. Ahead of the following match against Queensland in Hobart, Ponting set himself a goal of scoring a century in each innings; a feat he achieved in a high-scoring draw. Ponting was replaced by Lehmann for the final Test.[90]. He scored 105 not out in the Third Test in Colombo, his only Test century in Sri Lanka. He broke through for his maiden ODI century in his 12th match, scoring 123 from 138 balls against Sri Lanka at the MCG. Ponting was in a rich vein of form against the South Africans. [177] In Australia's second and last warm up game, this time against England, Ponting again failed to make an impact, scoring just 7 before he was bowled by off-spinner Jamie Dalrymple. [201], After winning the toss and electing to bat in the First Test in Kingston, Jamaica, Ponting recorded his 35th Test century and was eventually dismissed for 158 from 224 balls. He said the team had become a "boys club" and was not preparing adequately for the future. He is a specialist right-handed batsman, an excellent slip/close catching fielder, as well as a very occasional bowler. [109] He returned to the international scene in August for a three-match ODI series against South Africa in Melbourne's indoor Docklands Stadium. When Tasmania played Western Australia at Bellerive Oval on 4 November 1994, Ponting scored 211. In February 2013 it was announced that he would be captaining the Mumbai Indians team in the Indian Premier League. Ponting totalled 285 runs at 47.50 for the series. [221] Australia were largely untroubled by New Zealand, sweeping both Tests. In between the Tests and the ODIs, Australia were knocked out of the 1998 Wills International Cup, starting in late October, when they were defeated by India in their opening match. This innings included 4 sixes and he was very aggressive. This was his 168th and last Test appearance,[9] equalling the Australian record held by Steve Waugh. I didn't realise we were the only single guys there. He is a specialist right-handed batsman, an excellent slip / close … Ponting made his debut against South Africa at number six in the batting order. Ponting's only Test outing was in a high-scoring second Test draw in Peshawar, when he scored 76 not out and 43 as Lehmann was injured. [137] However, Ponting was dismissed leg before wicket for 37,[138] while Hayden went on to break Brian Lara's world record Test score of 375. On 7 September 2009, Ponting announced his retirement from Twenty20 international cricket in order to prolong his career. After mis-timing a pull-shot from Roach on his first ball, Ponting was struck on the elbow in the following delivery. The following morning saw local newspaper The Examiner headline: "He's Ricky Ponting, he's ours ... and he's made it! [56] Rod Marsh believed Ponting's attitude and fearless approach could tear the West Indies apart. Despite scoring just 23 in the next match against the Netherlands, Australia still amassed 358 and proceeded to win by 229 runs. [77] His failed to regain his form in the following Titan Cup involving India, South Africa and Australia. He was unable to pass fifty in the final two Tests and ended the series with 417 runs at 52.12. Despite the political environment being more assured than during the World Cup, Australia still struggled to defeat the Sri Lankans, now full of confidence. Steve Waugh was a somewhat surprising omission, despite being unable to force his way back into the ODI team since being dropped after team disappointment in the 2001–02 VB Series. @42 Rubyred70 I meant in the period after his retirement and before his wife's tragic illness. [246][247] Despite Ponting's score of only one in the final in Centurion against New Zealand, Australia won by six wickets—their second consecutive Champions Trophy victory. I had some reservations about making my Test debut against arguably the best fast bowling attack in the world", Ponting later said. "[citation needed], "Ponting captained 2 consecutive World Cup victories in 2003 and 2007 (out of Australia's hat-trick of World Cups – 1999, 2003, 2007)"[313][314], Ponting was the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World in 2003 and one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year for 2006. [243][244][245], Australia defeated England by nine wickets in their semi-final, with Ponting scoring an unbeaten 111 from 115 deliveries (12 fours and one six); his 28th ODI century. The sides met again in their next match, this time in the semi-final at Edgbaston on 17 June 1999. [225] Australia lost the series 2–1, the first time South Africa had won a Test series against Australian since 1970, and the first on Australian soil. The Third Test in Delhi saw a flat pitch, where India scored 7/613 in its first innings in which Ponting resorted to bowling himself for two overs. [78] The pair of ODI tournaments on the subcontinent yielded Ponting only 168 runs at 28.00 from seven matches. Ponting also had his first confrontation with Harbhajan Singh, an Indian off spinner who went on to have much success against him. [29], During Tasmanian Sheffield Shield matches at the NTCA Ground (Northern Tasmanian Cricket Association Ground), Ponting helped out with the scoreboard, thereby surrounding himself with international cricketers. How to get into cricket - the thrill of the big hit, the rush of taking the catch, the skill of bowling. England had routinely used substitutes so that their bowlers could receive massages between their spells, but in this case, Pratt was on the field due to an injury to Jones, who had been taken to hospital and would go on to miss the fifth and final Test match of the series. Ricky Ponting will help coach Australia’s Indian Premier League stars while they quarantine in Sydney, returning to the national team set-up fold for the first time since last year’s World Cup. MacGill, who had taken over 200 wickets in his career despite playing only sporadically due to the presence of Warne, suffered a loss of form and decided to retire during the series. [203] In the Second Test, Ponting became the seventh player and third Australian to score 10,000 Test runs. He is considered the most successful captain in international cricket history, with 220 victories in 324 matches with a winning ratio of 67.91%. The Fifth Test at The Oval was curtailed by rain and although Australia had the English batsmen in danger on the final day, a rearguard counterattacking partnership by Kevin Pietersen and Ashley Giles on the final afternoon secured a draw for the hosts. [26], Australian Rules football was also a big part of Ponting's sporting life, and is a keen follower of the North Melbourne Kangaroos. [94] However, Ponting struggled in the first three Tests, scoring 47 runs at 11.75,[69] and Lehmann regained his spot for the last two matches. South Africa, who were reeling at 27/5, ended up setting Australia 150 to win. Lifting the World Cup alongside 20 other proud Australians ... [It is] without doubt the best moment of my cricketing life. According to former Australian opening batsman Justin Langer, "He is quite inspirational as a leader and I just never get all the detractors he has. He then undertook a tour to England with the Young Australians; a team that included fellow Tasmanian Shaun Young. Ponting was captain of the Australian national team during its 'golden era'; between 2004 and 2011 in Tests and 2002 and 2011 in One Day Internationals (ODIs). After a "scratchy" game against South Africa, Ponting was rested for the next match against India. "I have enormous confidence in the players available to the selectors and know we will be as tough to beat as any team in this year's World Cup.". [299] In early 2006, in the Chappell–Hadlee Trophy, Ponting had an on-field argument with umpire Billy Bowden over signalling a no-ball because not enough players were within the inner circle. [109], Ahead of the first Test of the 2000–01 season in November, Ponting found form while playing for Tasmania. Combine this with his batting skill and that's a pretty intimidating package. [287] During the innings, he became only the third player and the first Australian (after Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, who were playing in the same match) to pass 13,000 career Test runs. [297] On 9 December 2015 Ponting also unveiled a bronze statue placed at the ground in his honour.[298]. They opened their campaign on 26 October against India in Gwalior, but were defeated by 37 runs, as Ponting was dismissed for two. It takes three ingredients to make a great player – determination, courage and skill – and he's got all three in abundance. They went on to score 359–2, a record for a world cup final by over 100 runs. [37] In November 1992, with Ponting just 17 years and 337 days, he went to the crease at number four against South Australia at the Adelaide Oval. They need Ponting and Langer to bat, not coach. The cricket's been decent, however the mute button usually comes to my rescue. Prior to the Ashes defeat, Australia's dominance had prompted the ICC to organise a series against a World XI, immediately after the Ashes. This was further compounded by the loss of Andrew Symonds to injury, who was replaced by the uncapped Marcus North. [55], Greg Shipperd publicly suggested that Ponting could be selected as a reserve wicket-keeper for the upcoming West Indies tour, despite not keeping-wicket for Tasmania. Australia won the match by an innings. This was Ponting's third tour to the Caribbean, and he was rested from the only warm-up match ahead of the Tests. [21][22][23], Introduced to cricket by father Graeme and uncle Greg Campbell,[24] Ponting played for the Mowbray Under–13s team at the age of 11 in 1985–86. You'd back him to. Analysis and opinion from the BBC's cricket correspondent. 96 is a good score but it would have been nice to get a 100", Ponting said after the innings. Australian captain Mark Taylor was not a fan of this change as many fans supported Australia A rather than the national team. Australian success was limited, with only several wins. Ponting came into the Test series with first-class scores of 53, 37 and 155 behind him. It took Ponting 118 Tests and 196 innings to achieve the feat, one slower than Tendulkar and Lara. Graeme was "a good club cricketer" and played Australian rules football, while Lorraine was a state vigoro champion. [82] In his first Ashes Test, Ponting score his first Test century (127, batting at No. Australia hit trouble on the personnel front in the lead up to the World Cup. Former Australian coach, Bob Simpson, said: "I really feel that Ricky could have been persevered with. After scoring 4, 0 and 0 in his previous Test outings at Bellerive Oval, Ponting broke through with a man-of-the-match performance of 157 not out in the Second Test, before further rain resulted in another draw. He is considered the most successful captain in international cricket history, with 220 matches won overall from 324 matches with a winning ratio of 67.91%. He scored 52 in the Second Test as Australia won by an innings and took the series 2–0. In the second and final first-class match Ponting played for Tasmania in the season, he scored a more sedate 187 against New South Wales in Hobart, assuring him a place in the Test side, despite Damien Martyn (who replaced Ponting in the side when injured) scoring two centuries for Western Australia. Further wins in Melbourne and Sydney, made Ponting's team the second team (after Warwick Armstrong's Australian team in 1920–21) to win an Ashes series 5–0, and that against what had been thought to be a formidable team, the second strongest cricketing team in the world. [198][199][200] Ponting scored 17 in the first innings and 20 not out in the second, as a storm prevented an Australian victory. [27] During the winter he played junior football for North Launceston and up until he was 14, it could have become a possible sporting option. His 1,198 runs were scored at an average of 42.78, including two centuries and nine half-centuries in 29 matches. [219] On the fourth afternoon of the Fourth Test, the Indian batting collapsed, and Australia had an opportunity to bowl them out and chase a target of around 250–300 after the tea break. [87], Despite a poor Test series, Ponting's form in ODIs remained strong. [147] He regained his form in a victory over New Zealand in match—scoring 52 in Guwahati. England toured for the 2002–03 Australian season, and Ponting struck 123 in the First Test in Brisbane. Up to this point, Ponting's prolific form with the bat in 2003 had tapered away following his ascension to the captaincy and he had not made a century in eight Tests, a long period by his standards. Ponting rarely employed the sweep shot against spin, something considered unusual for a top-order batsman. [68] He played in all ten games of the World Series ODI Cup played between Australia, Sri Lanka and the West Indies after the Test series. [266] The home side went on to win the match comfortably, and Ponting overtook Shane Warne's record of 91 Test victories and surpassing Steve Waugh as crickets most successful Test captain. Ponting himself began successfully with an innings of 113 from 93 deliveries that included five sixes, as Australia were dominant in 203-run victory against Scotland. However, his competitive attitudes could be overly aggressive, pushing the boundaries of cricket etiquette. Steve Waugh joined Ponting in the middle and scored 22 runs in ten overs. Ponting was appointed as the new coach of Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) in the IPL on 3 January 2018. re 51....whether the aussies actually do any good this year or not, time will tell...they'll be coming to play though...what's even more significant is that an ex-player with the credentials of ponting is willing to offer his services to the team at a time when a lot of healing is going on...it's another positive step in the right direction... Could anyone see the ECB doing this, there has to be a reason why most of our best cricketers have gone into media. He scored 233 against a strong Queensland bowling team that included Andy Bichel, Adam Dale and Ashley Noffke. Australia went on to lose the match, despite a spirited fightback with the ball on the last day. However, the cricket was overshadowed by player conduct issues. The innings included 37 boundaries and four sixes, and was so dominant, the next highest score for the innings was 61. However, during the latter stages of his career, the hook and pull shots have often been the cause of his dismissal. [153][154][155] He finished the series with 296 runs—the third highest run-scorer—at an average of 42.83.[156]. [190] Though the Australian and Indian teams shook hands before heading into the dressing rooms later, but Kumble, who was batting at the end of the match, showed his displeasure by not shaking hands with the umpires. [104] He ended the tournament with 354 runs at 39.33. Ricky Ponting has been appointed as an assistant coach for Australia’s looming World Cup campaign. Former West Indian captain, Viv Richards, who was rated as the third best Test cricketer in a 2002 poll by Wisden, said Ponting was his favourite current-day player to watch, slightly ahead of Sachin Tendulkar. I will continue playing Test cricket and I'll continue playing for Tasmania as well". 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