Ricky Ponting is amongst Australia’s best ever batsmen throughout codecs. Moreover, he additionally got here to be identified for being the face of Australia’s uncompromising perspective of profitable in any respect prices within the years that he led a group that misplaced solely a handful of matches throughout codecs.
Indicators of this side of Ponting’s character could possibly be seen earlier than he took over the captaincy from Steve Waugh and an instance of that was Australia’s 2002 Check towards South Africa. Ponting on Wednesday gave his followers a recap of the second of when he gained the match and reached a second innings hundred with a six off South African spinner Paul Adams.
Ponting retweeted a put up which confirmed the final ball of the Check and mentioned: “I feel this was as excited as I would been on the sphere … and I could not have requested for a greater ball to hit for six. Thanks Paul.”
Australia wanted 331 to win and seemed to be in good stead whereas the highest three of Justin Langer, Matthew Hayden and Ponting added 201 runs. Nevertheless, Australia suffered a middle-order collapse as Mark Waugh, Steve Waugh and Damien Martyn all fell inside the house of 10 overs.
First innings centurion Adam Gilchrist performed a sometimes aggressive cameo to counter the South Africans earlier than Shane Warne caught on with Ponting because the latter completed the job.