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November 30, 2012

Ricky Ponting retires

Filed under: cricket — hc @ 8:07 am

Ricky Ponting will retire from Test Cricket  after the test in Perth.  Like every cricket-loving Australian I have mixed feelings about this.  No batsman, other than perhaps Adam Gilchrist at his best, gave me as much pleasure as I got watching Ponting on one of his batting rampages.  He was awesome, he was fearless.  He was a mighty in the field and just a great all-round athlete.   He was a lean, tough all-round sportsman who even played golf off scratch!  It wasn’t just impressions either. After the Perth test Ponting will equal Steve Waugh’s Australian record of 168 tests.  Ponting scored more runs than any Australian (13,366), made the most centuries (41), the most catches ((196), the most Test wins as an Australian captain (48), the most one-day runs (13,704) but lost the most Ashes series of any Australian captain (3).

Ricky Ponting gave cricket everything and deserved success.  He retired saying that he wasn’t good enough to complete another tour.  That’s fine – he played for Australia at age 20 and is still playing at age 38. He will continue playing for Tasmania.

A YouTube clip of Ponting’s magnificent 257 against India.


  1. Harry,

    Mark Waugh was easily the best batsman to watch. He was elegant. Ponting was not.

    Gower for the poms was the same.

    VVS Laxman for the Indians.

    Ponting, like Tendulkar, has played too long.

    Comment by JB Cairns — November 30, 2012 @ 8:58 am

  2. Homer, Ponting has stated that he is out of form and was unlikely to return to it.

    I agree Mark Waugh was a stylish and exciting batsman and I wouldn’t want to get fussy about making comparisons at this level.

    Comment by hc — November 30, 2012 @ 5:28 pm

  3. Harry, Read carefully what I said.
    Batsman I prefer to watch

    Comment by JB Cairns — November 30, 2012 @ 6:09 pm

  4. Pointing will retire a rich man.

    I remember an interview with Denis Lillee a few years ago. He said his fee for touring England in 1972 for 5 months was 1200 pounds. His fee for touring for 3-months in 1975 was 1200 pounds. Lillee these days as a coach would not get out of bed for 1200 pounds.

    Gower was very good to watch. A big match player too.

    Adam Gilchrist was one of the most aggressive batsmen of the modern era. Gave Viv Richards a run for his money.

    I wonder how much better Gilchrist would have been if he did not wicket keep as well. His not coming in at no 7 made a big difference to the fortunes of the Australian team in recent years.

    Comment by Jim Rose — December 1, 2012 @ 10:50 am

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