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Cricket Australia pays tribute to Ricky Ponting

Cricket Australia congratulated Ricky Ponting on a stellar cricketing career, describing him as simply one of the best ever to pad up for his country.

Ricky Ponting

Ponting, Australia’s 366th Test player and 42nd Test captain, announced earlier today that the Perth Test v South Africa starting tomorrow will be his last.

It will be his 168th Test for Australia, equalling Steve Waugh’s record as most Tests played by an Australian.

CA Chairman Wally Edwards said Ponting’s retirement decision and announcement was typical of the way he had approached his cricket since becoming a first-class player in his teens and a Test player at 20.

“Ricky is always uncompromisingly straightforward and leads from the front – he has made a decision that he believes is best for him, his family and his team,” Mr Edwards said.

“On behalf of Australian cricket, I congratulate him for his outstanding achievements as a batsman, captain and, after he stood down as captain, leader by example”.

CA Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland said he and Ricky had exchanges messages earlier today after Ponting had made his decision overnight.

“Ricky has had an extra-ordinary career and has made an extra-ordinary contribution, including through the example he has set for other elite players and through the excitement he has given fans, young and old,” Mr Sutherland said.

“There is much to admire, including his pride in his roots at his local cricket club that he spoke so eloquently of at last month’s Bradman Oration, through to the fact that he takes to the field tomorrow for his 168th Test as one of the best prepared players in the modern game”.

“I think his record until he retired as captain was outstanding but my respect for him since then has actually increased, seeing first hand how he stepped back to become a total team player, absolutely committed to his captain, unstinting in his work to help other players and single-minded in his view that everything, including his own ambition, must always be second place after whatever was best for the team”.

Sutherland said it was too early to discuss yet, but he sincerely hoped Ricky Ponting would stay connected to the game in an official capacity after his Test career and after captaining the Prime Minister’s Xl in Canberra in the New Year.

Ricky Ponting announces retirement from Test cricket

Australia’s most successful captain, Ricky Ponting, has announced he will retire from Test cricket at the conclusion of the third Test in Perth.

“My output as an Australian batsman wasn’t good enough.” he told a press conference at the WACA in Perth.

“I haven’t been performing consistently over the last 12-18 months. I believe now is the right time to make this decision.”

Scores of 0, 4 and 16 brought retirement to the forefront of his mind, admitting he failed during the big moments, something he prided himself on.

Despite his recent form troubles, his love for the game never waned. “My passion for cricket hasn’t changed.

“I’m looking forward to finishing off the season with Tasmania in the Big Bash with the Hobart Hurricanes.”

Ponting has amassed 13,366 runs in 167 Tests at 52.21, and 13,704 runs in 375 one-day internationals.

Ricky Ponting says his ODI career is over

Ricky Ponting has confirmed that he will play on in Test cricket but has conceded that his one-day international career is over.

“John (Inverarity) made it very clear to me yesterday the direction that they’re heading with the one-day team and that I’m not part of their plans,” Ponting said.

“It’s a little bit hard to come here today and say I’m retiring when I’ve already been left out of the side. I don’t expect to play one-day international cricket for Australia any more and I’m pretty sure the selectors don’t expect to pick me either.”

“I will continue playing Test cricket and I’ll continue playing for Tasmania as well. I think I’ve proved to myself and to everybody else that I’m still capable of dominating Test cricket as I did in the last series against India.

“I’m looking forward to getting back and playing the last couple of Shield games for Tasmania this year and then heading to the West Indies hopefully with some runs under my belt.

“With the two Shield games I’ve got before the West Indies tour it’s important I spend as much time as I can around the Tasmanian side and get the training required and preparation required to play those games as well and then go to the Caribbean.

“When we get back from there it will be back into a pre-season maybe even with my club team, Mowbray Cricket Club in Tassie, they might even see a bit more of me as well.”

“I need to be playing as much cricket as I can to be well-prepared for every game that I play. With me now only playing Test match cricket, next summer for instance if there happened to be some Ryobi Cup games immediately before a Test match then I’d obviously take the opportunity to play those games.”

“The passion for the international game of cricket for me has not died or changed one little bit. I still don’t see a finish line as far as my international career is concerned.

“Now that one-day cricket isn’t there any more we all know that day is coming closer and closer for me. I don’t think I’m the sort of person who is going to want to have a massive farewell series.

“I’ll make a decision when I think that I can’t contribute to winning games for Australia.”

Ricky Ponting dropped, Shane Watson returns to ODI squad

Cricket Australia today announced a 13-man squad for the next two matches, against Sri Lanka in Hobart on Friday 24 February and against India in Sydney on Sunday 26 February.

Ricky Ponting, the former Australia captain, has been dropped from the ODI squad for the remainder of the triangular series following a poor run of form in the first five matches.

“Ricky Ponting has been dropped from the squad due to his lack of form in the five Commonwealth Bank Series matches to date in this series,” said National Selector John Inverarity.

“The team will not seem the same without him, but moving on from the omission of players who have been outstanding over a long period of time is the nature of elite sport.

“Ricky’s record speaks for itself. He is one of the truly great performers in the history of Australian ODI cricket, with his reputation enhanced further by him captaining Australia to two World Cup victories.

“Ricky’s contribution goes far beyond his batting statistics and his brilliant fielding. The example he sets in every respect and his extraordinarily positive influence in the dressing-room is acknowledged by all.

“He is held in the highest possible regard by his team-mates and there is no higher accolade than this.

“Ricky being prepared to take over the captaincy in Michael Clarke’s recent absence for the sake of the team is yet another example of his selfless attitude and team-first focus.”

All-rounder Shane Watson, skipper Michael Clarke and Ryan Harris will make their returns after recovering from injury, while Mitchell Starc has been left out.

“Ryan Harris has been re-included in the squad with Mitchell Starc making way for his return,” said Inverarity.

“Mitchell will benefit greatly from the Tests and the ODIs he has played. His development as a player of the future is most encouraging.

“Shane Watson also comes back into the squad. He is an all-rounder of proven class and the NSP is keen to have him re-join the squad.”

Selectors also confirmed Matthew Wade had overtaken Brad Haddin as the preferred ODI wicket-keeper for the Australian ODI team.

“The NSP made the decision that Matthew Wade is now the preferred ODI wicket-keeper for the Australian ODI team,” said Inverarity.

“The intention at this stage is to have both Matthew and Brad Haddin in the West Indies together for the duration of the tour.”

Australia ODI squad: Michael Clarke (c), Shane Watson (vc), Dan Christian, Xavier Doherty, Peter Forrest, Ryan Harris, Ben Hilfenhaus, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Brett Lee, Clint McKay, Matthew Wade, David Warner.

Ricky Ponting to lead Australia against Sri Lanka

Australia have announced a 14-man squad for the next two matches of the ODI tri-series against Sri Lanka at the SCG on Friday 17 February and against India at the Gabba on Sunday 19 February.

Former captain Ricky Ponting will lead in Friday’s match against Sri Lanka in the absence of an injured Michael Clarke.

“After careful consideration the NSP has asked Ricky Ponting if he would captain the Australian ODI team in Michael Clarke’s absence,” chief selector John Inverarity said.

“David Warner displays considerable leadership potential, but the NSP is of the view that he should not, at this moment, have the added responsibility of captaincy thrust on him,” Cricket Australia said in a statement.

“David has been gaining valuable experience under Michael Clarke’s captaincy and now he will have the opportunity to grow his leadership skills further as vice-captain to Ricky Ponting.

“In making this decision the NSP reminded itself of the fact that Ricky Ponting led the winning Australian ICC Cricket World Cup teams in 2003 and 2007.

“The NSP appreciates the fact that Ricky is prepared to accept this responsibility in the wider interests of the team.”

Pacer Brett Lee, who suffered a broken toe in a Twenty20 match against India earlier this month, and Ben Hilfenhaus are back in the squad.

As expected Michael Hussey, who was rested from the match against India, has returned to the squad.

Fast bowler Ryan Harris has been rested.

There was no place for Test wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, who has yet to play in the ODI tri-series.

“Michael Clarke will not be considered for the ODI in Sydney this Friday due to a low-grade hamstring strain,” Inverarity said.

“The medical staff are hopeful that Michael will be fit to play in Brisbane on Sunday and that is why he has been included in the squad.”

“Some players are showing signs of fatigue after a demanding summer in which the Australian team has played with great intensity and purpose and performed with distinction.

“The National Selection Panel (NSP) has omitted Ryan Harris for this reason and for the fact that he is carrying some minor niggles.

“The NSP has refreshed the squad with the inclusion of Brett Lee and Ben Hilfenhaus.

“Brett is making a good recovery from his toe injury and will be given rigorous fitness tests before Friday’s ODI fixture.

“As expected Michael Hussey returns to the squad.”

All-rounder Shane Watson will play in the forthcoming Bupa Shield match to prove his fitness from a hamstring injury.

Commenting on Shane Watson, Australia Physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said: “Shane played a Grade cricket game in Sydney on Saturday.

“He batted and bowled in that game without any issue and will be available for consideration for selection for a Bupa Shield game in Perth later this week as he continues his return from injury.”

Australia squad: Michael Clarke (captain), Ricky Ponting (captain for Friday’s ODI), David Warner (vice-captain), Dan Christian, Xavier Doherty, Peter Forrest, Ben Hilfenhaus, David Hussey, Mike Hussey, Brett Lee, Mitchell Marsh, Clint McKay, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade.

Ricky Ponting awarded Australian civil honour

Australian batsman Ricky Ponting has been awarded one of his country’s highest civil honours in an annual list marking the national holiday, one day after posting a double century in the fourth Test against India.

Ponting has been appointed an officer in the general division of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to cricket and to the community through the Ponting Foundation, which helps cancer sufferers.

“I feel very humble to be awarded this Honour and recognised for doing what I love,” Ponting said.

“Playing cricket has been the major part of my life and from the first time I was selected for Australia, I have always been extremely proud to represent my country both here in Australia and all around the world.

“I have never taken the responsibility of playing for Australia for granted and have always appreciated the support of my teammates and Australian fans who make it even more special to wear the baggy green.”

“To receive this accolade is such a great honour, especially on a day when I am doing my favourite thing on one of my favourite cricket grounds in the world.”

Ponting is recognised for his distinguished service to the sport of cricket and to the community through the establishment of the Ponting Foundation.

“In every way, this honour is also for my wife Rianna, who has been the driver for all our charity work,” Ponting said.

“We are very proud of what the Ponting Foundation is doing to help young Australians beat cancer.

“From the very first time we walked into the cancer ward at the Sydney Children’s Hospital almost a decade ago, we have been continually inspired by the courage and determination shown by young cancer sufferer.”

“Australians are incredibly generous people and they really care for the issues confronting us all. We are indebted to the support we have received to date but like most charities, we have so much more work to do,” Ponting added.

“It is humbling to be acknowledged for this service to the community but it’s the volunteers, donors, supporters and entire medical teams that really deserve the credit.”

Ricky Ponting Double Century (221) vs India – Highlights

Ricky Ponting hit brilliant double century on the second day of the fourth test against India on Wednesday.

Ponting scored 221 runs off 401 balls with the help of 21 fours before getting caught by Sachin Tendulkar off the bowling of Zaheer Khan.

Ricky Ponting Double Century (221) vs India Highlights

Ricky Ponting scores 13,000th test run

Australia’s Ricky Ponting became the third batsmen to score 13,000 test runs on the opening day of the fourth test against India on Tuesday.

Ponting, who is playing his 162nd Test, started the match needing 81 to reach the milestone and achieved it by sweeping a single to deep square leg off the bowling of Ravi Ashwin.

The only two men to have scored more test runs than Ponting, Sachin Tendulkar (15,432) and Rahul Dravid (13,262).

Ponting reached the mark in his 275th innings which is second to Tendulkar’s 266.

Dravid got there in fewer matches (160) than Ponting (162) and Tendulkar (163).

Most Runs in Test Cricket

Player Mat Inns Runs HS Ave 100 50
SR Tendulkar (India) 188 309 15432 248* 55.71 51 65
R Dravid (ICC/India) 164 284 13262 270 52.62 36 63
RT Ponting (Aus) 162 275 13018 257 52.91 40 61
JH Kallis (ICC/SA) 150 254 12260 224 57.02 41 55
BC Lara (ICC/WI) 131 232 11953 400* 52.88 34 48
AR Border (Aus) 156 265 11174 205 50.56 27 63
SR Waugh (Aus) 168 260 10927 200 51.06 32 50
SM Gavaskar (India) 125 214 10122 236* 51.12 34 45
DPMD Jayawardene (SL) 128 213 10086 374 50.43 29 40
S Chanderpaul (WI) 137 234 9709 203* 49.28 24 56

Australia squad for third Test

Cricket Australia has announced a 12-man squad for the third Test against India, which begins at the WACA on Friday 13 January.

James Pattinson is out of the remainder of the Test series against India after scans revealed the early signs of stress fractures in the metatarsal bone of his left foot.

New South Wales youngster Mitchell Starc has been added to the squad in place of Pattinson.

“James Pattinson has been omitted from the squad due to a foot injury and has been replaced in the XII by Mitchell Starc”, John Inverarity, the national selector, said.

“The intention of the National Selection Panel was to rest James from the Perth Test match as this young man has played in four Test matches over a period of just five weeks.”

“This intention has become a necessity after post match scans have revealed James’ foot injury.”

“The magnificent victory at the SCG has given Michael Clarke’s team considerable momentum and captured the imagination of the cricketing public of Australia.”

Queenslander Ryan Harris, who was 12th man for the Sydney Test, is the man most likely to be given a chance in place of Pattinson.

Australia squad: Michael Clarke (capt), David Warner, Ed Cowan, Shaun Marsh, Ricky Ponting, Michael Hussey, Brad Haddin (w/k), Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris, Ben Hilfenhaus, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc.

Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke Press Conference & Post Match Chat

Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke post match chat and press conference after day 2 of the second cricket Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke chat to CATV

Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke Press Conference