Australia v India, 2nd Test, Sydney, 2nd day January 4, 2012

'Pressure made me work harder' - Ponting

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Ricky Ponting knew it was coming. Touch and rhythm had returned slowly to his hands and feet, and all he lacked was a score to prove it beyond doubt. Satisfyingly he achieved it in Sydney, with 134 runs that matched the innings of his pomp.

While many had doubted Ponting's capacity to return to such heights, particularly when he fell lbw three times in four Test innings in South Africa in November, the man himself said he had never felt the end was nigh. There had been much frustration, of course.

"I wouldn't be playing if I didn't think I could do it," Ponting said. "I think over the last few weeks even, there's been enough signs there to know and have faith in what I've been working on, to know that a big score was just around the corner. I actually told a few people that after last week in Melbourne I felt a big score was very close.

"It's hard to be frustrated when you're getting out early, it is easier to be frustrated when you're getting decent starts and not capitalising. Low scores are always going to be there in our game. Once you get to 40, 50, 60, that's when the great players go on and make big scores and that's what, for me over the last few weeks, has been the most frustrating thing. I've probably scored a few 50s in between my last hundred, but they're the ones you get most frustrated about."

Ponting said he had needed to break his technique down and rebuild it in response to a slackening run of scores, pushing the boundaries of hardwork that had already been substantially stretched by his proud, fastidious character.

"I've had to work exceptionally hard, harder than ever on certain technical aspects of my game, there's no doubt about that," he said. "I've been doing that for a little while now, I've been doing a couple of different things over the last couple of weeks, which are starting to pay dividends for me. The thing that is starting to come back is that real rhythm about my batting, and the feeling of being at ease at the crease.

"When you're going through a lean trot it is amazing how many little things creep into your head, and those little things can sometimes take over and get in the way of what you're trying to do. So I've had a really clear mind this week, knowing what I've been working on is starting to come good for me, so it's been a good couple of weeks for the team and today's an extra special day for us."

It was extra special at least in part, because of the circumstances in which Ponting and Michael Clarke began their stand of 288. Australia had lost three quick wickets, the ball was swinging, and the SCG crowd murmured nervously about a team that had recently developed a habit of horridly low scores.

"When Michael came to the crease last night it was a huge period in the game for us. We were three down in the game for not many and the momentum was starting to swing back in India's favour after we'd had a very good day with the ball," Ponting said. "The important thing for both of us was to make sure we played our natural games and we showed great intent.

"Michael showed great intent from the moment he came to the crease and we both managed to score reasonably quickly last night, which just gave us a bit of momentum going to stumps, and we started the same way this morning. Our scoring rate in this innings has been very good and we're taking the game forward all the time, which is the way we want to play our cricket. So at the moment we're sitting in a strong position, thanks to some brilliant batting by the captain."

In the depths of a 33-innings drought between centuries, Ponting said he had been fuelled by pride, by not wanting to let his career fade to black without a rousing conclusion. But there had also been the team, which he no longer leads, but which he does not want to leave behind.

"For me over the last few months there's been a lot more pressure on me than I've never had at any stage of my career," Ponting said. "But that's just made me work harder. I'm a pretty proud person, and the last thing I wanted to do was to finish off my career the way it had been going the last few months. That's why I've worked as hard as I had.

"I wanted to give myself the best chance to play well and win games of cricket for Australia, and that's the only reason I continue to play. There's nothing else personally I'm trying to achieve, other than to help the Australian team win games, and get back up from No. 5 or wherever we were a few months ago, back up to the top of the tree where we deserve to be.

"Confidence in our game is an amazing thing and spending time in the middle is what every batsman needs to do when they're going through a lean trot. Over the last couple of weeks I've been able to spend a bit of time in the middle, and after the innings today I can have a bit more confidence about my game than I've had for a long time now."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • eyballfallenout on January 6, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    @ indian fans, everyone in aus rates shachin as a player.... we don't rate you guys having to shove his stats down our throats every time there is an article about another batsman. give it a break, he is great but so are many others.

  • eyballfallenout on January 6, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    @KarachiKid, indian fans should take a leaf from your book, we love your pace bowlers too, except for when they run through us like they did. Tell me how do you guys make such awesome pace bowlers when no one else in your region can?

  • Meety on January 5, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    I don't like labelling Indian pitches as easy to bat on. They require a certain skill set to succeed & Indian batsmen are well suited. If Indian pitches were EASY to bat on, every great batsmen would cash in as theoretically India don't traditionally have great bowling attacks - therefore India should never be able to take 10 let alone 20 wickets in a match. The biggest issue when comapring Punter to SRT & Dravid is that the skills required to score big runs in India are better suited to players who's reflexes are not as sharp as they use to be. Punter & Huss are tested more by conditions that are tougher early. That being said - tough pitches doesn't seem to effect Kallis these days!!!!!

  • boris6491 on January 5, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    Those who believe this man is not among the greats of the game are deluded. This is a true show of a character by a man who has been vilified and hung out to dry even by those who have been his biggest supporters. Kudos to you Punter and may you continue to entertain us as long as you choose to keep playing.

  • veerakannadiga on January 5, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    Pointing is one of the best batsman of our time. This score of 134 was long due. Even before the series began , I for one was very supportive of Pointing & Hussey. As the legends say class is permanent. Pointing is class(apart). Go Pointing Go.... From India with Love.

  • akpy on January 5, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    featurewriter, dms1972-we need more like you of people who admire great players without unnecesarily comparing them to each other !!. Sarfin, krishna_cricketfan - ignore people like jamakb, patchmaster as they obviously dont understand cricket..

  • on January 5, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    @patchmaster :check out sachins stats in fast bouncy pitches of australia b4 posting

  • natmastak_so-called on January 5, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    @patchmaster,mate, first please check punter's record on those EASY wickets and then comment.again sachin's record in australia is MILES AHEAD than punter's in India.

  • Sarfin on January 5, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    Salute to Ricky Ponting. Keep playing until you think it's time to stop. Don't heed to criticizers.

  • Sarfin on January 5, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    I am a big fan of Sachin,Ponting & Kallis and I hate when people criticize any of them without logic.People who rate Sachin a flat track bully has no idea about his records.His first 4 test centuries were at Old Trafford,Sydney,WACA & Wanderers.Out of his first 10 test tons 8 were against Aus,SA,WI & Eng.So,at the very beginning of his career,he proved his ability to face fast bowling in tough conditions.Out of his 51 test centuries,18 are outside of subcontinent,outside his area of comfort(!).And in total,29 are away centuries.11 of his centuries were for loosing cause (21.6%).Ponting and Kallis have 4 and 3 centuries respectively while their teams lost (10% and 7.9%).This is quite understandable when you consider their team's bowling strength.Sachin were never supported by the likes of McGrath,Warne,Pollock or Donald.Moreover Kallis and Ponting never had to face their own team.Great fast bowlers have always praised him highly and I don't think I've the qualification to criticize them

  • eyballfallenout on January 6, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    @ indian fans, everyone in aus rates shachin as a player.... we don't rate you guys having to shove his stats down our throats every time there is an article about another batsman. give it a break, he is great but so are many others.

  • eyballfallenout on January 6, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    @KarachiKid, indian fans should take a leaf from your book, we love your pace bowlers too, except for when they run through us like they did. Tell me how do you guys make such awesome pace bowlers when no one else in your region can?

  • Meety on January 5, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    I don't like labelling Indian pitches as easy to bat on. They require a certain skill set to succeed & Indian batsmen are well suited. If Indian pitches were EASY to bat on, every great batsmen would cash in as theoretically India don't traditionally have great bowling attacks - therefore India should never be able to take 10 let alone 20 wickets in a match. The biggest issue when comapring Punter to SRT & Dravid is that the skills required to score big runs in India are better suited to players who's reflexes are not as sharp as they use to be. Punter & Huss are tested more by conditions that are tougher early. That being said - tough pitches doesn't seem to effect Kallis these days!!!!!

  • boris6491 on January 5, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    Those who believe this man is not among the greats of the game are deluded. This is a true show of a character by a man who has been vilified and hung out to dry even by those who have been his biggest supporters. Kudos to you Punter and may you continue to entertain us as long as you choose to keep playing.

  • veerakannadiga on January 5, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    Pointing is one of the best batsman of our time. This score of 134 was long due. Even before the series began , I for one was very supportive of Pointing & Hussey. As the legends say class is permanent. Pointing is class(apart). Go Pointing Go.... From India with Love.

  • akpy on January 5, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    featurewriter, dms1972-we need more like you of people who admire great players without unnecesarily comparing them to each other !!. Sarfin, krishna_cricketfan - ignore people like jamakb, patchmaster as they obviously dont understand cricket..

  • on January 5, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    @patchmaster :check out sachins stats in fast bouncy pitches of australia b4 posting

  • natmastak_so-called on January 5, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    @patchmaster,mate, first please check punter's record on those EASY wickets and then comment.again sachin's record in australia is MILES AHEAD than punter's in India.

  • Sarfin on January 5, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    Salute to Ricky Ponting. Keep playing until you think it's time to stop. Don't heed to criticizers.

  • Sarfin on January 5, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    I am a big fan of Sachin,Ponting & Kallis and I hate when people criticize any of them without logic.People who rate Sachin a flat track bully has no idea about his records.His first 4 test centuries were at Old Trafford,Sydney,WACA & Wanderers.Out of his first 10 test tons 8 were against Aus,SA,WI & Eng.So,at the very beginning of his career,he proved his ability to face fast bowling in tough conditions.Out of his 51 test centuries,18 are outside of subcontinent,outside his area of comfort(!).And in total,29 are away centuries.11 of his centuries were for loosing cause (21.6%).Ponting and Kallis have 4 and 3 centuries respectively while their teams lost (10% and 7.9%).This is quite understandable when you consider their team's bowling strength.Sachin were never supported by the likes of McGrath,Warne,Pollock or Donald.Moreover Kallis and Ponting never had to face their own team.Great fast bowlers have always praised him highly and I don't think I've the qualification to criticize them

  • KarachiKid on January 5, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    Ponting keeping the strong traditions of Mark Taylor, Stever Waugh, Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, Mathew Hayden, Adam Gillcryst, Justin Langer and Damien Martyn - all these greats retired on a high. No one asked them to leave the team. I salute Aussy Spirit - though I hate you guys when you flay Pakistanis.

  • on January 5, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    ponting in his time always regarded as the best batsman. the people who are asking for his retirement are jealous upon his record. he is the most stylist batsman in modern cricket. his presence in cricket field always entertain the crowd. i think he is one of the best entertainer too. love cricket, love ponting. hope ponting will carry on couple of years.

  • Patchmaster on January 5, 2012, 2:05 GMT

    The difference is that Ponting has made many of his runs on fast bouncy or green pitches, Sachin has batted many of his game on easy wickets. Kallis and Ponting are technically better than Sachin as they have had to work harder on harder wickets, and their all round game is better than Sachin for it.

  • krishna_cricketfan on January 5, 2012, 1:49 GMT

    @@iamakb: I am amazed to read comments like yours. On one hand you say Sachin scored runs yet he is not a winner. On other hand you say Ponting, Kallis scored runs and they are winners. Runs are Runs. Can any team win only by batting alone and that too by one player? Don't you think that all having scored runs yet end up on different sides of winning table? WHY? Sachin played for a team where bowling is below average and teams consistently raked up 400 plus. Just look at the score card of 90's and you will know that. How many Indian batsmen stood up in overseas condition? Wish tendulkar had one Akram plus Waqar. A classic in Chennai 99 with Pak. See how Indians lost. To win a test match or ODI, we need bowlers who can take wickets. And that too consistently. Match after Match. I have never seen one Indian bowler who threatens the batsmen consistently. Cricket being a team game requires both Batting and Bowling to come together. for proff please look at the score card of this match.

  • Rajesh.Singapore on January 5, 2012, 1:02 GMT

    Before start this test match everybody was waiting on Sachin & Dravid & laxman the way how are they going to fire and save the game now all the Indian fans waiting for the rain to save the game including myself

  • Rajesh.Singapore on January 5, 2012, 0:47 GMT

    Hope India will repeat the game like 2001 Edengarden, this time Sachin & Dravid will fire and Ashwin will lead the bowling attack on last day and rain may help also to save the game

  • iamakb on January 5, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    Lara, Kallis and Ponting are match winners whereas Tendulkar is not. Having the most runs does not make one the greatest batsman.

  • Ms.Cricket on January 4, 2012, 23:33 GMT

    Ponting's runs are worthless in the big picture. It would have been better to give Usman Khawaja or another youngster a chance to establish their place in the Australian side rather than pamper the ego of an aged player.

  • Wozza-CY on January 4, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    I have to admit that I was one that was critical of Pontings inclusion in recent teams. Not that I don't like legends or tall poppies, I just think that there shouldn't be double standards. If new comers like Marsh, Cowan, Warner, Hughes or Khawaja average 24 over two tests they are dropped. Ponting averaged that over two years! Nevertheless, it was a sublime innings & one where he (& Clarke) reined their egos in & played 'proper' test match cricket. Hope it continues....

  • featurewriter on January 4, 2012, 22:45 GMT

    Ponting had looked like a player in good touch over the past few weeks. He only really seemed desperate yesterday when he was on 99 and took that run to bring up his ton. We're on the cusp of losing some of the finest batsmen in world cricket. Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Ponting and Kallis, all of whom are truly giants of our game, will arguably retire around the same time. What a sad occasion that will be for cricket. I don't think we'll truly appreciate their talents and gifts to the game until after they've gone. Sadly, the media is largely responsible for the constant calls of retirement for these guys (all of whom have had the pressure placed on them from the media later in their careers; only to turn their form around and show their long-term talent). For the fans of the game, the true fans, we cherish every moment that someone like Ponting, Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman or Kallis is on the pitch. Thanks for the memories boys, I can only hope that we see some more of your brilliance.

  • RandyOZ on January 4, 2012, 22:45 GMT

    @liverkewe11 - check and mate! Keep up the good work! You also forgot the use of time wasting at Cardiff, bringing out the wrong gloves and calling for a physio only to send him straight back!

  • dms1972 on January 4, 2012, 22:22 GMT

    @Etienne Joubert, From an Australian, Kallis is up there with Ponting, Lara and Tendulkar as the greatest batsmen of the modern era, and he is one of the top 3 all-rounders of all-time!!! What do you have to say now?

  • Samir_Mumbai_to_Melbourne on January 4, 2012, 22:14 GMT

    Well done Ricky! What a great knock under pressure. Just before Christmas, lot of ex-players and fans were asking him to step down. Wonder what he might have been going through mentally during the festive season. What a way to answer your critics.

  • StatisticsRocks on January 4, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    @Modasir: U r an Ignrnt fan who has no idea what u r talking abt, do you. I guess since crickt is not played in ur cntry u have to poke ur nose where it doesnt belong. Be happy at the expense of your neighbor as there is nothing good going on in ur cntry to be happy abt.

  • Mike_Bursle on January 4, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    @Etienne Joubert; If Kallis was an Aussie we would love him and tell everyone that he is one of the greatest cricketers of all time (because that is what he is), even so his 224 yesterday was against a worse bowling attack than the Indians and a much flatter track than the SCG. Remember the Indian batting line up only scored 191 on the same track and SL are 2/149, and despite the resurgence the Aussie bowling is still not as good as the SA bowling, and the Indian batting line up is better than SL. Why can't you just appreciate a champion of the game came out of a rough trot of form yesterday and leave it at that... Everyone is so desperate to ensure that Kallis, Ponting, Tendulkar or Lara goes down as the best modern great... who cares they are all great players, why can't you leave it at that.

  • on January 4, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    E Joubert, your rather sour comments do no credit to the sportsmanship usually associated with your countrymen. Incidentally the same Indian bowling attack (plus dear old Sreesanth) helped draw a series last year against South Africa 1 - 1 with a draw at Newlands.

  • on January 4, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    Ponting's dive for his 100th run and his wrecked T-shirt and and Clarke's massive grin at the other end is the best moment of this test match.

  • iamakb on January 4, 2012, 21:19 GMT

    Ponting is one of the greatest match winning test batsmen of recent times. I can only think of 2 other batsmen in this category in recent times: Kallis and Sangakara.

  • on January 4, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    Are the Aussies batsmen better or the Indian bowlers worst? I still can't believe it is the same team which won WC and later got whitewashed by England and now from Aussies. Oh i forgot WC was played in India..never mind.

  • on January 4, 2012, 19:49 GMT

    Ponting will always be remembered as the best batsman of his generation!!!

  • on January 4, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    So was it worth it...all that hard work and sacrificing of test series to prove that you can cart a bowling attack around that my grandmother could score against?

  • OZrocks_forca_barca on January 4, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    'There's nothing else personally I'm trying to achieve, other than to help the team win games..' has tendulkar ever said this or even dhoni or any indian player? this words generally come out of the mouth of greats...

  • gtan19 on January 4, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    Great innings, Ricky! I have never seen a cricket pitch in my life, but I can hold a bat and I have seen enough on TV to score a 100 against this Indian attack. What a shame! these guys are so disappointing. I doubt they will even last the entire TEST series, let alone the ODI series after that.

  • on January 4, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    It's funny with all these people saying that Ponting's century means nothing against this Indian attack. Weren't these the same bowlers who performed so well against the West Indies? Wasn't Zaheer Khan the same guy who bowled three consecutive maidens in a World Cup final? But yes, dear deluded fans, keep telling yourself that the Indian bowling attack is worth peanuts if it helps you believe a man who has scored over 12,000 Test runs is a poor batsman.

  • StatisticsRocks on January 4, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    @Kblog I completely agree with u. I am sure Punter is happy because his place in the team was questioned and it was time for him to make big score. Indias bowling (and now batting as well) is never considered top class bowling and Punter always scores agnst India. Lets see how he does against England, PAK, and SA who have by fat the best tets match bowling in the world.

  • krishna_cricketfan on January 4, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    I did not understand the pressure exerted on this great player. Ponting scored a century in WC quater finals against India. It was not the typical Ponting innings, but the way others played it was an important innings. Where is the loss of form? Is 100 the only criteria to evaluate a player? Ponting played 2 important knocks in MCG as well. He loves the Indian Bowling. I will not support the English fans for booing Ponting. That is totally not expected from the cricket loving English people. Also, I am very surprised that bad behavior is being tolerated by the England fans. Your teams used to be so sporting always.

  • Tjoeps on January 4, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    Great knock Ricky! As a Saffer accept a love/hate relationship! What really makes me happy about this is that you can do your retirement on your own terms, not forced upon you, soldier on and enjoy the fruits of your hard labour, and the freedom to be only accountable for your own actions, hope to see you enjoy a couple of nice productive, but carefree years in world Cricket, you deserve that! ... All the best!

  • on January 4, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    a week back everybody wanted out of the team,now he scores 134 after 2 years against a poor indian attack and hailed as the greatest batsmen ever!!wonder what australians would have said if kallis were australian!!!by the way kallis scored 224 today!!his second double in 13 months!!!

  • on January 4, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    Well done Ricky Ponting!!! Fantastic! And as for all of ya'll who think just because the Indian bowling attack isn't great, that means his century is less deserved or memorable...you need to sit down and watch this man play!!! He has some serious class and his technique is great!!! The way India plays shouldn't take away from Ricky Ponting!!

  • alfredmynn on January 4, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    Whilst the crowd booing Ponting was deplorable, it cannot be denied that Ponting's on-field behavior has not been ideal and I think most Aus fans would agree with me on that. I'm not saying that he's ever been particularly bad by modern standards (and he's by all accounts a good bloke off the field).. only that he's no Victor Trumper. Enough of that though: he's been a magnificent batsman, fielder and team man, one of the all-time greats.

  • BravoBravo on January 4, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    When it comes to winning matches (more than 100 wins in Tests), Ponting is miles ahead any cricketer of his generation, I will not put Tendul in that category of greats. He just score runs which makes some stats but does not effect the game in perspective. Just an example, Tendul made 114 (not out) in Centurion in IND vs SA test match recently and IND lost by an innings and 25 runs.

  • Bharath.Narasimhan on January 4, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    Punter you beauty!!what a game you played today,certainly you opened the flood gates for australia.Ricky is a fighter,no doubt by viewing the ton he made.I want to see ponting enter the magical 13,000 runs club by next test match itself.Ponting's century was against a good sporting side,no doubt indian bowling is so young but the approach,the promotion to the test serious was ominous for team india.Well done Rick,i take off my HAT!!!

  • Chris_P on January 4, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    @Kblog Lbw. He can only play against the opposition determined. He is, after all, flaying an attack from the former World #1 team, is he not?

  • sanzo5 on January 4, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    liverkewe11- why in the blue hell are you saying indians are the worst behaved team??? i give a damm about what you say about the administrators.. but the players are always well behaved...

  • cric_freak88 on January 4, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    few weeks ago , when australia were playing south africa , i remember opening cricinfo and seeing comments saying ponting shud b thrown outa the team etc , and i even commented saying a big score was around d corner , FLAWLESS innings by the former and the current captain ,, well played Ricky ,, everyone watch out , start of something big here !

  • on January 4, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    Ponting the Legend... Will alwayz be... played with & against the greats... has held his place on his own... mentored a new captain and a young team... and now will inflict severe damage to any future oppositions.....

  • on January 4, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    A fantastic innings from a legend. Although it has been said ad nauseam that form is temporary, class is permanent, this is the instance of the statement being proven true yet again. Ponting is a legend of Australian cricket and deserves to retire as and when he wants. Go Punter Go.....

  • dms1972 on January 4, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    Ricky Ponting, legend of cricket. Karthick Vishwanath, legend of the ludicrous statements.

  • Anil_Koshy on January 4, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    This is the major difference between India and Australia, even Ponting has to perform to be in side but players like Gambhir can play for India as long he wants. Nobody, will question their selection.

  • dsig3 on January 4, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    Great day for us, but Ponting should have been dropped before the series. I have the utmost respect for the man for his captaincy and batsmanship. He took us through a mighty rough patch and copped more hits on the chin than he deserved, but he should not have been playing against India. A shadow of his former self. He made his ton but the Ponting of old is gone forever. Still can bat but should probably try and end his career on a high note.

  • Ponting_the_best on January 4, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    @Karthick Vishwanath - India should not be playing cricket if you are to say that or probably like most Indians call someone "God of batting" should not be called so. Against teams at all points in time in his career which have played bowlers like Mcg,Bond,Donald,Wasim and Waqar, the man averages only 34 over 36 matches.

  • DMS1111 on January 4, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    well done Punter....along with Lara and Kallis the best 3 players of the modern era....

  • on January 4, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    Finally a 100. Not sure he has regained his magic. Will know if he happens to play against SA or England in the future.

  • on January 4, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Punter is cocky and arrogant, especially in victory, and has many times forgot to acknowledge his opponents. But there is no question about his greatness as a player. I would rate him better than Tendulkar, purely for the reason that he plays fast bowlers better than Tendulkar and technically he is a better batsman than any of his contemporaries!! He has won many matches for Australia with his willow...he is only behind Steve Waugh in greatness!!! and I am of Indian origin!!

  • on January 4, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    if you are determined to do well, you should do against a better team.. not against a club level bowling team!

  • on January 4, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Ponting - youre a fighter supreme. Well done man! @ yorkshirematt - what on earth makes all you 'englishmen' so convinced that everyone wants to hear about your opinion of Ponting? You worried about on field behaviour? Maybe you should do something about Broad, Swann and Pietersen. Too late to do something about Fred. Arrogant tossers - from a saffa.

  • JG2704 on January 4, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    @AidanFX on (January 04 2012, 11:26 AM GMT) - By the way I'm a RP fan , but are you trying to say that an Australian crowd has never boohed an English player before? And while I don't agree with it , it's something that goes on. YM also used the word Sometimes when talking of bad conduct and there's nothing incorrect or out of order with that either. For the record , a friend's mum was a Somerset season ticket holder and she said that Ponting came across as a top bloke but Justin Langer was really arrogant.

  • on January 4, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    Mr. Ponting.. For your kind info.. pls don't score against this Indian bowling unit and get proud of wht you have acheived as marvelous.. this is like trying to kill a dead snake-attack .. go and score a 100 against SA or Eng, even we'll be proud of what you have acheived (damn sure that it will never happen in your lifetime again)..

  • dms1972 on January 4, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    Legend of the game. Almost 13,000 Test runs @ an average of over 52, with 40 centuries says it all. Along with Lara, Kallis and Tendulkar, the greatest batsman of the modern era.

  • on January 4, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    oh god finally hope he can continue in this form for long time to come .big fan of ponting and sachin but ponting deserve more luck after the period of bad luck and heartaches .

  • liverkewe11 on January 4, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    yorkshirematt: I assume you are happy with your team playing Strauss, Pietersen, Trott, Prior, Morgan, Khan (Ajmad) and many others who are not English. Or your illegal use of substitute fielders. Or Stuart Broad being the worst behaved player in world cricket. Or Trott grabbing an opposition player by the throat in the nets. England are currently, behind India, the worst behaved team - both on and off field, including the administrations, in world cricket so you would be best served addressing these issues before bringing up others.

  • RohCricket on January 4, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    @AidanFx Ponting is the only player so far in history to be involved in 100 test victories.

  • on January 4, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    A real maestro. Very well done Ricky!!!

  • Wefinishthis on January 4, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    'Pressure made me work harder' - This is EXACTLY why he should have been dropped 2 years ago. Pressure on places is a very good thing and this comment only backs up this claim. Couldn't he have worked hard on his technique in shield 2 years ago and then come back now when he was ready? I was calling for his head many years ago (He and Glenn McGrath are/were my favourite player(s) and I've met Ricky a few times in real life too). We all forget too easily that we had to endure 2 years of a walking wicket! Selectors need to forget about age altogether and focus on performance. Just because someone is 35, doesn't mean that they can't be dropped only to return at 36-37 if it means they've proven themselves. Furthermore, this Indian attack was very very poor yesterday. There was no plan and they were bowling like Hilfenhaus and Siddle did during the ashes, with very little accuracy.

  • akpy on January 4, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    aidanfx...why could punter then not win matches in last 2 years? 100+ wins, eh !! it is a team game...also, comparing to sachin's feat shows your understanding and appreciation...not worth commenting any more

  • AidanFX on January 4, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    "I wanted to give myself the best chance to play well and win games of cricket for Australia, and that's the only reason I continue to play. There's nothing else personally I'm trying to achieve..." 100 + wins (Tests exclusively reckoned here) and more to come... oh and the saga for a certain player's 100 International (One Day/ Tests)...

  • AidanFX on January 4, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    @ yorkshirematt - yes and some of us think that about some of your countrymen who had the audacity to boo him when he went out to bat in the Ashes in Eng - that isn't healthy banter - that is barbaric. I couldn't imagine an Aus crowd doing the same. You will hear some boos mid game when mini incidents occur - but you won't hear our crowd boo a country's captain - regarded as a great; who may well be on his last Tour.

  • Samdanh on January 4, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Beware Australia: Do not hand your wickets away. Keep in mind that there are 3 full days more. Play all day again on 3rd day, if you can. Bat into a position from where you cannot lose. Do not provide scope for batting last on this pitch on the 5th day! Do not take Indian wickets for granted when they bat in the second innings. Keep up the good work and wish you all the best in this game

  • on January 4, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    Well done Mickey Arthur

  • yorkshirematt on January 4, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Can't say I'm a big fan of the bloke and the way he conducts himself sometimes, but can't argue that he isn't a legend of the modern game and it's good to see him among the runs again. As long as he loses his form again by 2013 ;)

  • PrasPunter on January 4, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    What a legend !! Take a bow Sir !! You are an ace in my book !! Wish we go 2-0 up .

  • on January 4, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    'There's nothing else personally I'm trying to achieve, other than to help the Australian team win games..'

    Precisely. It amazes me people don't see that and go about slagging him off as some sort of has-been whose time has come but doesn't realize it. Congrats, Ricky. More!

  • farkin on January 4, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    but for the last 2 years he was cracking under the Pressure

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  • farkin on January 4, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    but for the last 2 years he was cracking under the Pressure

  • on January 4, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    'There's nothing else personally I'm trying to achieve, other than to help the Australian team win games..'

    Precisely. It amazes me people don't see that and go about slagging him off as some sort of has-been whose time has come but doesn't realize it. Congrats, Ricky. More!

  • PrasPunter on January 4, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    What a legend !! Take a bow Sir !! You are an ace in my book !! Wish we go 2-0 up .

  • yorkshirematt on January 4, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Can't say I'm a big fan of the bloke and the way he conducts himself sometimes, but can't argue that he isn't a legend of the modern game and it's good to see him among the runs again. As long as he loses his form again by 2013 ;)

  • on January 4, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    Well done Mickey Arthur

  • Samdanh on January 4, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Beware Australia: Do not hand your wickets away. Keep in mind that there are 3 full days more. Play all day again on 3rd day, if you can. Bat into a position from where you cannot lose. Do not provide scope for batting last on this pitch on the 5th day! Do not take Indian wickets for granted when they bat in the second innings. Keep up the good work and wish you all the best in this game

  • AidanFX on January 4, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    @ yorkshirematt - yes and some of us think that about some of your countrymen who had the audacity to boo him when he went out to bat in the Ashes in Eng - that isn't healthy banter - that is barbaric. I couldn't imagine an Aus crowd doing the same. You will hear some boos mid game when mini incidents occur - but you won't hear our crowd boo a country's captain - regarded as a great; who may well be on his last Tour.

  • AidanFX on January 4, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    "I wanted to give myself the best chance to play well and win games of cricket for Australia, and that's the only reason I continue to play. There's nothing else personally I'm trying to achieve..." 100 + wins (Tests exclusively reckoned here) and more to come... oh and the saga for a certain player's 100 International (One Day/ Tests)...

  • akpy on January 4, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    aidanfx...why could punter then not win matches in last 2 years? 100+ wins, eh !! it is a team game...also, comparing to sachin's feat shows your understanding and appreciation...not worth commenting any more

  • Wefinishthis on January 4, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    'Pressure made me work harder' - This is EXACTLY why he should have been dropped 2 years ago. Pressure on places is a very good thing and this comment only backs up this claim. Couldn't he have worked hard on his technique in shield 2 years ago and then come back now when he was ready? I was calling for his head many years ago (He and Glenn McGrath are/were my favourite player(s) and I've met Ricky a few times in real life too). We all forget too easily that we had to endure 2 years of a walking wicket! Selectors need to forget about age altogether and focus on performance. Just because someone is 35, doesn't mean that they can't be dropped only to return at 36-37 if it means they've proven themselves. Furthermore, this Indian attack was very very poor yesterday. There was no plan and they were bowling like Hilfenhaus and Siddle did during the ashes, with very little accuracy.