Australia v India, 4th Test, Adelaide, 1st day January 24, 2012

Ricky Ponting is still here to stay

With two centuries in this series, Ricky Ponting assured all that he was not retiring yet, and not off Adelaide Oval until he and the captain Michael Clarke have turned their stand of 251 into something truly gargantuan
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Waiting two innings to follow one hundred with another used to be a common feeling for Ricky Ponting. Thirty-four knocks between Test centuries between 2010 and 2012 ensured that the sense of familiarity ebbed away, and so there was understandable jubilation when Ponting crested three figures on a sweltering day at the Adelaide Oval.

A handful of whispers and a mountain of newspaper copy had spectators, commentators and perhaps even one or two players wondering about the significance of that jubilation, and the first question to Ponting surrounded whether or not there had been any notion of farewell about the gestures.

But the upper cut with bat in hand has been a common signature of Ponting's exultation down the years, and it had perhaps been absent in Sydney because he had first to spit out dirt and turf from his mouth after diving for the crease to reach the mark. Ponting smiled ruefully when fielding that first question, before assuring all that he was not going anywhere yet. Not off into retirement, and not off Adelaide Oval until he and the captain Michael Clarke have turned their stand of 251 into something truly gargantuan.

"It was a celebration. I'd just made a Test match hundred so pretty excited about that, I haven't scored a lot of those in the last few years, which I've read a lot about lately as well," Ponting said with a grin. "It is always nice to make a hundred, especially today when we didn't get off to the ideal start, Pup (Clarke) and I had to play a certain way and get us back into the game, so it was a good celebration, but I generally do a similar one most times.

"I felt I played better today than I did in Sydney as well, probably a better wicket to bat on than Sydney was, there wasn't much in it for the Indian bowlers, no sideways movement for the quicks, not a lot of spin, a little bit of reverse swing during the middle of the day, but we've had a pretty good day. We have to win the first hour tomorrow and make sure this first innings is a big one."

This was the most fluent Ponting seen for some time, arguably since he passed 70 three times in four innings against India on the subcontinent in late 2010. Gaps were pierced regularly, few false strokes were played, and the march to the century felt rather more inevitable than the nervy dash for the line at the SCG. For all that there was evidence of Ponting's evolution, the greater care with which he starts an innings, the selection of shots to play more judicious than dismissive, the enjoyment of milestones as events no longer inevitable. Pondering whether he is still the same batsman of his pomp, Ponting reasoned that it had been impossible to stay the same.

"Am I still the player I was? I'm not sure," Ponting said. "You guys can answer that, you've seen me over a long period of time, but at the end of the day I think if I can keep making Test match hundreds or having an impact on winning games for Australia then that's what I'm all about at the moment. It is interesting to ask the same question about Sachin (Tendulkar) or the same question about (Rahul) Dravid or (Jacques) Kallis, the guys the same sort of age as me that are still out there playing Test cricket.

"We've probably all realised that we can't play the same way forever, right through our careers and I don't think there's been anybody that has been able to do that through 160 Test matches. But I'm giving it my best shot to be the best player I can be, and to win games for Australia, and if I can keep playing like I did today then hopefully there's more runs around the corner."

Am I still the player I was? I'm not sure. You guys can answer that, you've seen me over a long period of time

More runs will likely arrive in the company of Clarke, who was fluent on a ground where he has never failed to score runs, not even in last summer's Ashes fiasco when he managed 80 in the second innings. Ponting reflected on how well the duo had worked together since the captaincy handover, a change that has styled Clarke as the on-field general and Ponting the spiritual leader.

"I just think we're both grown-ups, and I know my place in the team, Michael's the leader now and I've stepped back from all that responsibility I once had," Ponting said. "I said when I first did it that I'm used to sitting back in the corner and being told what to do anyway, and it's been no different over the last few months.

"I know there was some negativity around from people on the outside but I don't think anyone in Australian cricket or the team had any doubts about the way we'd work together at all. I'm around to try to help the younger guys at the moment and any advice if Michael needs it, but I don't ever go and impress myself upon him, he's the leader and I'm the No. 4 batsman and second slip fielder and I'm quite enjoying that role."

No. 4 is a position that both Clarke and Michael Hussey before him struggled to make their own, but Ponting is finding its modicum of extra distance from the top of the order valuable. He even countenanced the possibility that it will extend his career, to the West Indies and beyond.

"It probably can, the last couple of years being the captain and batting at three was getting more and more difficult for me," Ponting said. "I was spending a lot more time in the field than I probably had done before and I guess not winning as many games and not having things go exactly to plan like I did for the majority or my captaincy career before that. Not being the captain now and having that little bit of extra time between change of innings to sit back and relax and take it all in has probably been good for me."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • shix on January 27, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    I want to remember one thing to Mr.klassy, ponting captained Australia for almost 9 years, and he scored 13000+ runs in 1day international and also in tests. we all know the performance of sachin when he was a captain and how many matches he won, how much he scored.also dravid, kallis captained only few matches. even lara, leading WI for 3, 4 yrs. ponting managed the two departments well compared to his competitors.

  • Juniorklassy on January 26, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    i just dont understand aussie fans...!! what does a match innings means ? its a 11 men game & a single players unless getting support from others cant win a match.. so the concept of Match winning innings by an indivisual all is rubbish..!! give me one instance where only ponting has scored hundred n aus have won ? or Sachin has scored a hundred & India has won ?.. its just impossible.. n about ponting, well we knw how pathetic a captain / batsman(to some extent) he was.. when he had the comforts of Warne / lee / Mc Grath / Hayden / Gilchrist / Langer / Martyn, he was on top n once all these players retired Aus dropped to no 4 / 5 in test & so did pontings batting... this proves he cant perform under immense pressure..! so...let him come to INDIA & score some valuable runs then we will decide is he or not a gr8 player...!!

  • TJM101 on January 25, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    @Patchmaster - So after Lords where Harmison nearly broke his nose, apart from the 150+ at Old Trafford, the 190+ in Brisbane in '07, the 140 odd at Adelaide in '07 and 150 at Cardiff in '09, plus numerous 50s I'd agree he hasn't bothered ENG at all... I'd say ENG worked him out in the last Ashes but that unfortunately is about it. Hopefully Anderson and Broad will continue the success next time around but to me, Ponting looks re-juvenated without the burden of captaincy.

  • Juniorklassy on January 25, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    Cpt.Meanster : we saw what a match winning innings he played against India in the WC in INDIA... !! Cheers mate :-)

  • Juniorklassy on January 25, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    i just dont understand aussie fans...!! what does a match innings means ? its a 11 men game & a single players unless getting support from others cant win a match.. so the concept of Match winning innings n all is rubbish..!! give me one instance where only ponting has scored hundred n aus have won ? or Sachin has scored a hundred & India has won ?.. its just impossible.. n about ponting, well we knw how pathetic a captain he was.. when he had the comforts of Warne / lee / Mc Grath / Hayden / Gilchrist / Langer / Martyn, he was on top n once all these players retired Aus dropped to no 4 / 5 in test & so did pontings batting... this proves he cant perform under immense pressure..! so...let him come to INDIA & score some valuable runs then we will decide is he or not a gr8 player...!!

  • karthik_raja on January 25, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    @ravi-1967.. As an Indian, given the situation.., Do we really need to worry abt Australian's pblms.??

  • Meety on January 25, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    @csowmi7 "The only current player who has a chance albeit slim chance to overtake Tendulkar in tests is Kallis." - WRONG! Kumar Sangakkarra! Kumar is getting better with age, he got to 9,000 test runs SEVEN innings quicker than Sachin. Assuming Sachin retired now, he could get there in 4 years, he is way fitter than Sachin & he could play a lot later in life than the Little Master.

  • Meety on January 25, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    @dildar4 - several things. Firstly IMO - G Chappell & Border were the next best batsmen post-Bradman, Ponting had the greatest 5yr form bubble of all time (Bradman excluded). @LazloWoodbine - IMO, Lara shone the brightest, but in the end longivity means that he is overtaken by SRT/Kallis & maybe Punter. @ravi-1967 - mate your in denial! Oz's situation is nowhere near as bad as India's AND, we've shown much more inclination to regenerate than India. India have NOT bottomed out yet. They'll play on with their old timers who'll have fewer & fewer good days & once the away tests start again India will be in the same boat - only 2 years later!!!! == == == On the Ponting/Tendulkar debate, they crossed 12,000 test runs in the EXACT same amount of innings! Sometimes Punter less, sometimes SRT. At 13,000 runs, SRT is about 9 innings ahead. Class batsmen, been a pleasure to watch. I've actually enjoyed Sachin's mental growth, making up for his aging, absolute legend!

  • karthik_raja on January 25, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    @LazloWoodbine.. I agree with u.. Ponting and Lara might b more dominant than SRT.. Even Sehwag/Warner is more dominant than SRT.. :) Bt, whn it comes to consistency and adapting to different pitches,conditions,weather,formats of game.. SRT is definitely better.. Most importantly, its not easy to carry the batting unit as a single man for decades.. Lara knows it.. U better chk with Lara than Kallis.. :)

  • dildar4 on January 25, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    with all due respect to the article and ponting fans (me included), the man is a champion batsman cetrtainly the best australian bat since bradman.

  • shix on January 27, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    I want to remember one thing to Mr.klassy, ponting captained Australia for almost 9 years, and he scored 13000+ runs in 1day international and also in tests. we all know the performance of sachin when he was a captain and how many matches he won, how much he scored.also dravid, kallis captained only few matches. even lara, leading WI for 3, 4 yrs. ponting managed the two departments well compared to his competitors.

  • Juniorklassy on January 26, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    i just dont understand aussie fans...!! what does a match innings means ? its a 11 men game & a single players unless getting support from others cant win a match.. so the concept of Match winning innings by an indivisual all is rubbish..!! give me one instance where only ponting has scored hundred n aus have won ? or Sachin has scored a hundred & India has won ?.. its just impossible.. n about ponting, well we knw how pathetic a captain / batsman(to some extent) he was.. when he had the comforts of Warne / lee / Mc Grath / Hayden / Gilchrist / Langer / Martyn, he was on top n once all these players retired Aus dropped to no 4 / 5 in test & so did pontings batting... this proves he cant perform under immense pressure..! so...let him come to INDIA & score some valuable runs then we will decide is he or not a gr8 player...!!

  • TJM101 on January 25, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    @Patchmaster - So after Lords where Harmison nearly broke his nose, apart from the 150+ at Old Trafford, the 190+ in Brisbane in '07, the 140 odd at Adelaide in '07 and 150 at Cardiff in '09, plus numerous 50s I'd agree he hasn't bothered ENG at all... I'd say ENG worked him out in the last Ashes but that unfortunately is about it. Hopefully Anderson and Broad will continue the success next time around but to me, Ponting looks re-juvenated without the burden of captaincy.

  • Juniorklassy on January 25, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    Cpt.Meanster : we saw what a match winning innings he played against India in the WC in INDIA... !! Cheers mate :-)

  • Juniorklassy on January 25, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    i just dont understand aussie fans...!! what does a match innings means ? its a 11 men game & a single players unless getting support from others cant win a match.. so the concept of Match winning innings n all is rubbish..!! give me one instance where only ponting has scored hundred n aus have won ? or Sachin has scored a hundred & India has won ?.. its just impossible.. n about ponting, well we knw how pathetic a captain he was.. when he had the comforts of Warne / lee / Mc Grath / Hayden / Gilchrist / Langer / Martyn, he was on top n once all these players retired Aus dropped to no 4 / 5 in test & so did pontings batting... this proves he cant perform under immense pressure..! so...let him come to INDIA & score some valuable runs then we will decide is he or not a gr8 player...!!

  • karthik_raja on January 25, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    @ravi-1967.. As an Indian, given the situation.., Do we really need to worry abt Australian's pblms.??

  • Meety on January 25, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    @csowmi7 "The only current player who has a chance albeit slim chance to overtake Tendulkar in tests is Kallis." - WRONG! Kumar Sangakkarra! Kumar is getting better with age, he got to 9,000 test runs SEVEN innings quicker than Sachin. Assuming Sachin retired now, he could get there in 4 years, he is way fitter than Sachin & he could play a lot later in life than the Little Master.

  • Meety on January 25, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    @dildar4 - several things. Firstly IMO - G Chappell & Border were the next best batsmen post-Bradman, Ponting had the greatest 5yr form bubble of all time (Bradman excluded). @LazloWoodbine - IMO, Lara shone the brightest, but in the end longivity means that he is overtaken by SRT/Kallis & maybe Punter. @ravi-1967 - mate your in denial! Oz's situation is nowhere near as bad as India's AND, we've shown much more inclination to regenerate than India. India have NOT bottomed out yet. They'll play on with their old timers who'll have fewer & fewer good days & once the away tests start again India will be in the same boat - only 2 years later!!!! == == == On the Ponting/Tendulkar debate, they crossed 12,000 test runs in the EXACT same amount of innings! Sometimes Punter less, sometimes SRT. At 13,000 runs, SRT is about 9 innings ahead. Class batsmen, been a pleasure to watch. I've actually enjoyed Sachin's mental growth, making up for his aging, absolute legend!

  • karthik_raja on January 25, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    @LazloWoodbine.. I agree with u.. Ponting and Lara might b more dominant than SRT.. Even Sehwag/Warner is more dominant than SRT.. :) Bt, whn it comes to consistency and adapting to different pitches,conditions,weather,formats of game.. SRT is definitely better.. Most importantly, its not easy to carry the batting unit as a single man for decades.. Lara knows it.. U better chk with Lara than Kallis.. :)

  • dildar4 on January 25, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    with all due respect to the article and ponting fans (me included), the man is a champion batsman cetrtainly the best australian bat since bradman.

  • dildar4 on January 25, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    @ponting100... appreciate that mate, there are not many people who own to their mistake. Thats a great quality!

    @customkid I never meant that he had to play with the exact same team! I was trying to infer to the fact with great bowlers in your team, a batsman always has more chances to win. if a tendulkar had any combination of those great bowlers in his team i think more of his hundreds would have counted in wins. eg. Brian lara: scored around 14 hundreds in 90's, 6 of them were in match winning cause and only 2 in defeats, largely due to Walsh/ Ambrose/bishop. Post 2000 when these guyz were gone the champion batsman scored 20 more but only 2 came victories one against bangladesh and the other against pakistan! I bet he scored some of his best hundreds during the last part of career.

    @dms1972 I agree per innings stats can vary but don't u think the dreaded run for ponting was not only about hundreds? mate he averaged paltry 37-38 in the last 4 years.

  • muski on January 25, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    Its hilarious to see lots of if's and but's comments from most blokes.If Sachin Tendulkar were Ajith Tendulkar, he would not have played test cricket. So lets talk of the reality guys. In a game which has been played for over 100 years now, if Blokes like Sachin, Dravid, Ponting and Kallis have set their own records, let us appreciate that and concede the fact that they did something which Thousands of other guys who played Test Cricket could not do. The exercise in comparing these 5 guys which each other is futile.The one facet of their long and illustrious career is their resilience. I hope and pray that they are able to hang up their boots as per their terms rather than shunted by unscrupulous cricketing boards

  • world.cricketer on January 25, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster:= I think u wer sleeping all these days ask ponting himself will say who is better player he will say to win matches you need to take 20 wickets and bowlers will do that the batsman.

  • on January 25, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    @ Taher Siddiqui. Ponting's centuries came as a part of a winning team where others also contributed. But if you are pushing down a great player like Tendulkar just due to the fact that team lost in his big centuries then you are simply blind. There was a time not so long ago and sometimes even now also when he used to score more than 50 percent of team total in each innings. Surely he is not to blame. You will understand it if you have seen matches like the ODI against Australia in Hyderabad in 2009 where he scored 175 in pursuit of 353 and team still lost by 3 runs. Dont expect him to score completely in every match.

  • ponting100 on January 25, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    I feel embarrassed for broadcasting such statistics when really, yes, in real terms of things, hundreds per year doesn't matter. Apologies to all I infuriated.

  • world.cricketer on January 25, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    @ponting100: then ask ponting to play for 23 years who is stopping him..lol

    ponting should thank india rather praising himself any team other than india could have ended his carrier in this siries

  • ravi-1967 on January 25, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    Point to be noted by Australia.

    In this series the only batsman who played well are Clarke (2 tests), Ponting (3 tests), Hussey (2 tests) and Warner (2 tests). All other batsman failed. What next after Ponting and Hussey who were on the verge of being dropped before the series.

    AUS has to seriously introspect on their batting future whcih as of now looks bleak. Warner is a T20 specialist and it would not help in tests. Usman Khawaja has shown that he is not up to it. Shaun Marsh also has miserable failed.

    If not taken care of AUS would have the same problem as India.

  • LazloWoodbine on January 25, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    In a recent interview Jacques Kallis was asked his opinion on the best batsmen, bowlers etc he'd played with and against. He rated SRT highly, but felt that Ponting and, above all, Brian Lara, were the gems of their generation. Both were ruthless and able to completely dominate attacks, and that is what Ponting has done here again. It's great to see a batsman of his undoubted class perform - and as a SAn I've never been much of a fan of the guy after the pain he's caused us! It doesn't matter if the ball is bowled by a Dale Steyn or a 12 year-old girl who plays for her convent's third Sunday side - you still have to put it away, and so these lame attempts to ridicule Ponting's wonderful achievements are worthy of derision.

  • rickyvoncanterbury on January 25, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    @Fitzy16, Hear hear, It does not matter what any Australian individual, or the team as a whole do, some people will bag them or their achievements, its really funny how 2 teams of supporters constantly keep telling anyone who wants to listen, what they will do to Australia, but wait for it, we do not play them for 12 to 18 months. I really am glad electronic media cover games of cricket, Imagine relying on some of this dribble to know whats going on.

  • on January 25, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    I don't get it, all i hear is India is better than Aus, they were favorite to beat Aus this series yet you all say we only beat a weak Indian side with a pathetic attack?!? Come on guys which is it? Can't wait to play India at home to finally shut you hypocrites up.

  • Sagay-Ed on January 25, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    @ponting100 - Poor stats. Scoring runs/hundreds aren't like interest paid by fixed income bonds. A few bad innings from Ponting and I am sure he'll be out of the team. So is the Cricket Australia Selection and the Australian fans mentality. I say after reading 1000's of statements by Australian fans over the years. Senior Indian Players will not be thrown out as everyone expects, but will be allowed to gracefully retire. We (Indians) are not stupid enough to forget the performances given by Dravid, Laxman and Sachin. Even though the losses are humiliating, we can't hate them.

  • rahulcricket007 on January 25, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    @PONTING100 . BUT TENDULKAR HAS ALSO SUFFRED FROM SO MANY INJURIES IN HIS CAREER , REMEMBER HE DIDN'T PLAY FOR ALMOST 1 YEAR IN THE PERIOD WHERE HE WAS SUFFERED FROM TENNIS ELBOW PROBLEM , THEN HE HAS A HAMSTRING PROBLEM & DIDN'T GO ON THE WHOLE TOUR OF WI IN 2006 , HE DIDN'T TOUR AUS IN 1996 BECAUSE OF INJURIES.

  • Rukky on January 25, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    You Mr. ponting100 ...what a great statistician you are.. really no meaning of such statistics....

    according to your statistics...David warner will score 12 centuries in this year (bcos he scored 2 centuries in 2 months)..and hence he will have 204 centuries in the same years (17 years) played by Ricky Ponting...

    is statistics goes according to the year...i didn't know...its all about performance..if your perform you can play more than 20-25 years..if not..you can't..

  • Rukky on January 25, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    Dear timmyw ....i don't know why many people always compare sachin's hundred with other good players? Yes you are right - "Ricky Ponting has won Australia far more games than any other player for any country in the history of the game", but it is not only because of his batting..if you see the statistics..moreover the matches won by Australia because of their terrific bowling. They had genius (Mcgrath, Shane warne,Gillaespy,bret lee and many more. But India like always had a weaker bowling attack. One thing many people say he scores only hundred for him...but it automatically adds to the Indian Total in all the matches he scored hundreds. but there must be kind of bowling attack who can defend that total.

    So no comparison between Sachin and Ricky..They both are good..but to get win a game we must have that support from all of the players playing in a match.

    If you have strong bowling attack...your 50 runs are enough. but same 150 can not be defend if you have weak bowling attack

  • Fitzy16 on January 25, 2012, 4:08 GMT

    no ones talking about tendulkar...or...dravid, this article is about ponting! christ, the bloke has made 41 test hundreds, pay him some respect. tendulkar has made more runs...and more centuries, and he has a better record...enough said, no need for petty and immature statistics

  • RDLikesCricket on January 25, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    Ricky.... great innings.... u've shown a few times this series how to answer the critics who were asking u to go... hope the fellow talented seniors from the indian camp who've watched u learn a thing or two about batting under pressure. Stay on for a while there "young man"... Good luck...

  • on January 25, 2012, 2:34 GMT

    Ponting has scored hundreds when the team was doing well his fall in averages mirrors the bowling attack. Tendulkar has had to score hundreds in far more trying circumstances he could score centuries in situations that only lara himself could. Tendulkar and lara and to an extent Kallis great batsmen. Leaving tendulkar out Kallis is a far better batsman then ponting. The Indian team was more rubbish then this years back yet defieing all odds tendulkar kept the fight. Think about this if ponting was in the indian team of past would he have made all these centuries? Unlikely ponting100 your stats mean nothing, if stats were everything then shewag is a God of batting ? How many of tendulkars batting have u watched. Ihave seen so much batting . Only tendulkar and lara were magic Allan Donald COurtney Walsh Curtly Ambrose Shane warne Donald Bradman rated Tendulkar highly, Ithink these guys knew a perhaps a little about cricket? How are u to say he is over rated , u have no credentials.

  • CustomKid on January 25, 2012, 2:28 GMT

    @Dildar4 - If Sachin played in the same team as warne and McGrath he'd probably have about 5000 less runs than he does now. The reason, for the best part of 10 years Australia usually only had to bat 1 innings as Warne, McGrath, Gillespie, McGill, & Co generally bowled teams up twice with AUS either not having to bat for a second innings or if they did it was usually for a short period of time. You also had the openers + Ponting at three piling on big totals with SRT coming in at 4 he might have lost more batting time. It would be a interesting scenario and it would be great to see if a computer could somehow generate some sort of figures based on AUS team totals with somehow putting SRT in that side using his average per innings etc. Any boffins out there who could work this out??

  • datewithdestiny on January 25, 2012, 2:20 GMT

    @Ponting100: lol.. That is by far the most ludicrous piece of analysis i have seen on cricinfo for a while now...

  • on January 25, 2012, 2:18 GMT

    What a wonderful comeback by punter... however if Tendulkar scores a hundred in this test , then again Media will go gaga about him being the greatest batsman of all time. but how many centuries of Bhagwan tendu were for winning cause against top teams. I think in current lot i would rate Punter, Dravid, Kallis and then tendulkar

    Punter - Captain, No 3 batsman Dravid - Captain, No 3 batsman Kallis - No. 3/4 batsman, Bowler Tendulkar - ???????

  • dms1972 on January 25, 2012, 2:03 GMT

    @dildar4, if you want to say Tendulkar's century strike rate "was every 5.7 before his dreaded run in the last 7 months", well Ponting scored a century every 6.1 innings before HIS dreaded run. Why can't people just accept that both Tendulkar and Ponting are all-time greats of the game and leave it at that! Legends, both of them. And I rate them the equal of each other.

  • mixters on January 25, 2012, 1:41 GMT

    @dildar4 Indian stats freaks over 10000000 the rest of the world who cares!

  • Patchmaster on January 25, 2012, 1:32 GMT

    @ TJM101. I totally agree with you about Pontings everlasting class. But when you say that you've watched Ponting destroy England over the years, you clearly weren't watching the last four years, because he got a whooping from ENG bowlers, starting with Harmison nearly breaking his face with a fantastic bouncer. He's never troubled ENG after that really.

  • Ms.Cricket on January 25, 2012, 1:14 GMT

    Ponting scoring runs against this hopeless and hapless Indian bowling attack does not add value to Australia. If a younger player had been given the opportunity instead, Australia would have gained from the experience.

  • Cricket_theBestGame on January 25, 2012, 1:03 GMT

    @ Henrik Lovén...i completely agree with you. looking at Dravid's record, he started in what mid 90s and yet he is only 2000 odd test runs behind tendulkar. plus he is No3 which is the hardest position. tendualkr is good batsman no doubt. but can we compare him with dravid or ponting when he bats at no 5 for most of his career and others at no3?

  • on January 25, 2012, 0:57 GMT

    Punter is back........and wid pup in such kinda form.....we'll win 4-0.............

  • TJM101 on January 25, 2012, 0:16 GMT

    Class is permanent, and Ponting has it in bucketfuls. I've watched too many Ponting centuries destroy England over the years but it's still great to see him back to form against India. Hopefully he makes it to the next Ashes! Aus to win 4-0, never thought I'd support Australia, but have read too many bitter and pointless comments from Indian fans (not all of them, just a petty minority...) through last summer's games in England and now during this series to support them. Hopefully SRT will get his hundred so he can retire and let some new blood through and revive Indian test cricket

  • dildar4 on January 24, 2012, 23:57 GMT

    ponting100... well that is one of the worst analysis I have ever seen. tendulkar scores a test 100 every 6 innings which was like 5.7 before his dreaded run in the last 7 months. Ponting scores a test hundred at 6.7 innings which was like nearly 7 innings before this series, i.e. at least one inning more than tendulkar. In ODI tendulkar scores a hundred every 9 odi innings and ponting does that every 11.5 odi innings. Ponting is great no doubt but I bet tendulkar has been slightly ahead of all the best batsman of his time. 53-55 of tendulkar hundreds are in victory for india (Jacque kallis has in total scored 53 international hundreds!), 15-20 in draw/ tied matches and remaining 20 odd in defeats! And all this was achieved with one of the most inconsistent and average bowling attacks in the world. I mean India never really had great fast bowlers, just some good fast bowlers and very good spinners. What if he had played with mcgrath/lee/warne or wasim/shoaib/waqar or donald/pollock?

  • Puffin on January 24, 2012, 23:43 GMT

    I really thought we were going to see Punter giving up soon or even before now, considering what has happened, but now this does not seem likely just yet.Yes, we can be sure that the Indian bowling isn't the greatest, however it takes effort and talent to get runs. I accept that there is considerably more potent bowling out there, coming his way soon. It's not going to last forever, so watch it while we can.

  • Mervo on January 24, 2012, 23:42 GMT

    Tendulkar is hugely over rated. Ponting has more at the same stage of his career and a higher average. Kallis is better still - well ahead in batting and also 278 wickets! Can we forget the myth about Tendulkar being grew, he has been solid and long lasting. It is more about endurance than huge ability to win games.

  • woodhaven on January 24, 2012, 23:11 GMT

    ponting will break tendulkar's all record--mark my word

  • timmyw on January 24, 2012, 22:57 GMT

    @ ponting100 - Listen you can't just use the numbers to doctor any fantasy you like. The reality is, those things you mention did not happen. The reality is Sachin Tendulkar does have the numbers, and Ponting does not. You have no idea what would have happened if Ponting had played an extra 5 years of test cricket. Because it didn't happen. Cricket is a rather incongruous game. At it's heart it's a team game, played by a group of 11 players. I don't understand the crazy almost religious aspect of individual records. The reality is also that Ricky Ponting has won Australia far more games than any other player for any country in the history of the game. Isn't that special enough? Because that is what cricket is really all about how many games your country has won, not how many centuries you score in a possibly fruitless cause,

  • on January 24, 2012, 22:29 GMT

    Welcome back, we'd almost given you up for dead Mr Ponting, sir! A question for Indian fans - without Dravid coming in ahead of him all the time, what kind of a record do you think Tendulkar would have had? Dravid's record at number three is at least as, if not more, impressive than that of Tendulkar at four.

  • StatisticsRocks on January 24, 2012, 21:55 GMT

    No matter how bad the bowling attack is, it is always special to score a test match hundred. Punter is a gr8 batsmen and it will be interesting to see if the Ashes will decide his fate.

  • StatisticsRocks on January 24, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    @ Shehzad, Thank you for your comments. It's heartening to see this given how we are always trying to get to each others throat. I agree 100%, no other cricketer in this Indian lineup deserves the label of 'Gentleman' than The Great Wall. Punter is a gr8 batsmen but no way close to being a Gentleman like Dravid.

  • ponting100 on January 24, 2012, 21:34 GMT

    Ponting has scored on average 2.35 centuries per year over his 17 year Test career. Tendular averages 2.21 centuries per year over his 23 year Test career.

    This shows that if Ponting were to have played 23 years of Test Cricket than he would have scored about 54 Test Centuries, three more than 'The Little Master'. In turn, if Tendulkar had only played 17 years of Test cricket, than he would only have amassed 37-38 Test centuries.

    Ponting has scored on average 1.76 centuries per year during his 17 year ODI career. Tendulkar has scored an average of 2,08 centuries per year during his 17 year ODI career.

    If Ponting were to play 23 years of ODI Cricket then he would have amassed 40-41 ODI centuries. If Tendulkar had only played 17 years of ODI Cricket then he would have amassed 35-36 ODI centuries.

    So if their careers were switched Ponting would be on 94-95 International hundreds, whereas 'The Little Master' would have only amassed 72-74 International hundreds.

  • bingohaley on January 24, 2012, 20:58 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 Please don't shout...

  • bingohaley on January 24, 2012, 20:54 GMT

    Well played sir! Even though its only India!

  • cricketsage on January 24, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    Lots of puerile arguments... Sachin is better, no Ponting is the greatest.

    Be that as it may, sun is setting on a few greats of the game. Indians need to start the rebuilding now. Laxman, Dravid and unfortunately for many, Sachin also has to retire soon. Laxman might well be in his last match. It might be best to go on your own terms rather than suffering the ignominy of being dropped from team.

    Australia are in a slightly better position. They are already rebuilding after the great exodus of Hayden, Warne, McGrath etc. Ponting will soon be joining them, the desire to win back the Ashes keeps him going.

    Sachin will get his century. Whether that is at Adelaide remains to be seen. However, once that is done, what else is he trying to prove ? Everyone knows hes a great batsman, the highest run scorer of all times. Those records will last for some time. But I wish these had translated into wins for Indian Test team.

  • va_jatt on January 24, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    not a single article goes without sachin comments lol after all he is the GOD of cricket.. this article just reminds me ANDY FLOWER WORDING there are two types of batsmen one GREAT SRT and second rest of them and he is 100% rite about this..

  • hhillbumper on January 24, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    He has been a great batsman.But can we go one article without the comments about Tendulkar.God help us you can't get away from him.Also Indian fans if you are that great then try winning a damn test

  • Chris_P on January 24, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    Chuckles @Kaze. I do share your enthusiasm, & I have enjoyed the Pontiff's resurgence, after a few years in the doldrums, but as high as I rank him, Mr Tendulkar has that little extra that only a very few could match, very few. It has been a great response him him though, he had to alter his style al la SRT, and he has finally profited by this change. At this stage of his career, he deserves a spot in the side as long as he performs. That was something he couldn't really justify the past 2 summers.

  • Naresh28 on January 24, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    Indias pace bowlers are the right speed, accuracy to feed overseas batsman and get them back in form. They have failed batting,bowling and fielding. Change team - retain Kholi,Rohit and Yadav - build a team around these. Add Raina as well

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on January 24, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    Ricky Ponting may not catch Tendulkar in centuries (dont think Aust have many matches against Namibia scheduled to pump his numbers pointlessly ) so he may have to make do with his Test match wins as a salve. Is it 103 or so he has now compared to 60-odd?

  • r1m2 on January 24, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    Ponting is unarguably a masterclass. However, we need to realize is he cannot be his best batting self anymore. In his heyday he could average 60+ against most good bowlers. And 100+ against crappy ones as this. But now if he can average around 40 against all, that'd still best the achievement of most of the up and comers, who can barely average 40 in fc. Ponting like Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman is one of the legends of the game and should go on his own terms.

  • on January 24, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    C'mon Ricky, only another 29 hundreds to go and you'll have beaten Sachin to the hundred....

  • on January 24, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    @arrow - I am a Pakistani and it feels strange to be supporting an Indian, but heck yeah, you've lost your mind in bashing Rahul Dravid like that. When it comes to being a gentleman, Ponting is light years away from him. Though I like Punter,but Dravid is way to good for ANY player for most of the things a cricketer would want to be known for.

  • on January 24, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    @cswomi : It's high time you stop speaking about stats here.Everyone knows that Sachin had 2 glorious years(2010 and 2011). When the series began,Ponting was fighting for a place in the team and with these knocks he proved what class is all apart.Don't compare Indian bowling attack with bracewell who just had one good test match.Zaheer and ishanth are far better bowlers than him.Better luck mate.

  • Lmaotsetung on January 24, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    Looks like Pointing is here to stay. India has given the old man an extra 2 years of playing time. Pointing needs to send gifts to the BCCI for prolonging his career LOL

  • Shan156 on January 24, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    @Arrow Bowman, how can you call Dravid shameless? I support England and he has always been a thorn in our flesh. But, I am sure every England fan would agree that Dravid is not just a great batsman but the epitome of grace and sportsmanship. You are degrading your idol Punter by making such caustic remarks on one of the all time greats of the game.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 24, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    I don't think Ricky can get to maximum centuries. He will score many more centuries before he hangs up his boots. But Kallis will surely be the one to hold that record by the time he retires. Note this point - I told you so. Lots to worry for Sachin, his unreasonable blind fans aka fanatics and Sunil Gavaskar.

  • myStraightTalk on January 24, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    Ponting has better record then Tendulkar when comparing his talent for the team winning rather then personal pefromance. Ponting was the captain for most of his carrier and secured 3 world cup (2 world cup as captain). Tendulcar failed as a captain is the biggest black mark for him.

  • Shan156 on January 24, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    @csowmi7, Ponting is a champion batsman. Yes, he had problems in the sub-continent but in his last two tours to India, he has actually performed very well (3 70s in 4 innings in 2010). Even Dravid has a poor record in SA, Kallis in England and Lara in India (although he played only 3 tests). That is what sets Sachin apart from the rest. His record is brilliant against all teams both home and away.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 24, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    Very well played Ricky. Congrats on passing 13,000 runs in test matches. Where are his naysayers again? They must be busy switching sides now. Well played Ricky. Keep it up.

  • Shan156 on January 24, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    @Buggsy, lol. That was brilliant:-) It is interesting that people dismiss these knocks as they were made against a sub-standard Indian attack. I wouldn't call it a mediocre attack. It is the captain's responsibility to give attacking fields to his bowlers and encourage his bowlers to attack even if they go for a few. That is test match cricket. You don't go defensive on the first day of a test match especially after plucking 3 top order wickets. In that front, Dhoni and Sehwag are both to be blamed. Full credit to Punter and Clarke though.

  • Juniorklassy on January 24, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    Well Played Ricky.. but.... just like many critics & ppl (mostly aussies) say that India cant be a gr8 side until they Bt Aus in Aus, same , Ponting too cant be Gr8 or No 1, until he performs in INDIA>.. because compared to his overall record, his record in INDIA is just pathetic.... he needs to perform well in INDIA before retiring or else he will regret whole life that he never performed well in the most Trying & difficult conditions ........

  • Kaze on January 24, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    Ponting is a class or two above Sachin Tendulkar. Hope he playe till 2013 :)

  • OzWally on January 24, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    Great stuff Punter, glad to see you're in the runs again. And as for catching SRT in total runs and tons? It won't happen. Doesn't mean though he can't catch him in average before all is said and done. As for the comments regarding Kallis, he has already surpassed SRT in my mind, based on his far superior average over 150 tests. Keep in mind folks SRT debuted when he was 17 years old. Can you imagine any Australian breaking into the 80's powerhouse Australian XI at that age? His longevity with weak Indian teams have just as much to do with SRT's stats as his ability.

  • donda on January 24, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    He was the best batsmen of 2000s decade and he is still a great batsman and greatest australian batsman every (ODI + Test). yes bradman is father of all but only in test.

    Ricky is a masterful batsman in both ODI and test cricket for a very long time. He was part of the team who is ruling the ODI world for last 12 years.

    Great player and i have great respect for him because of his batting and his legendary captaincy tenure where he won most test matches as captain of all time.

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 24, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    I see some sour grapes from the Indian fans here. Some of them are as arrogant as their cricket team and don't want to recognize the champion in Ricky Ponting. I ask them one simple question: What has your Tendulkar done in this series to even call him a 'great' player ?! answer that question first and then talk about Punter. Punter to me is WAY BETTER than Sachin Tendulkar in terms of match winning performance. Don't tell me that isn't obvious to you Indian fans.

  • A.Ak on January 24, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    Against India and at his home, thats the best/last chance to score a hundred. Well done for manged to do that.

  • stark-truth on January 24, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    Well, Ponting has provided the boost both times to Australia when they were faltering. Those who are questioning the strength of opposition bowlers. do remember the quality of Zimbabwe and Bangladesh bowlers whom Ponting has played barely against and Sachin has played quite a lot.

  • on January 24, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    @arrow bowman -- LOL That :-) you are a true ricky ponting fan :-) ...hailing a talented yet arrogant player like ricky and calling the ever graceful and down-to-earth and equally talented rahul dravid - shameless ha ha ha ... you are an awesome piece

  • on January 24, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    A Great of our times and for those who are sniggerin at runs scored against Indian attack are the same people who were predicting that India would get their 1st series win Down Under this time..Punter being the great batsman has reduced the bowling attack into club level..a few months back when NZ and WI batsmen were fallin like 9 pins against much weaker Indian attacks thsi Indian team attack was being hailed as the best ever and if the Indian attack has been so bad why have the Aus top 3 failed time and again ..also as the Ind batsmen hv nt scored much runs against the green Aussies attack so also they should be levelled club level??atop being judgemental and enjoy the marvellous batting..it is so sad to think that in 5 years we will lose Sachin, Dravid, Ricky and Kallis and Test Cricket will be poorer for that

  • csowmi7 on January 24, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    @stFleming Keep dreaming dude. Even if Tendulkar retires today Ponting is still 10 centuries behind tendulkar and another 2.500 runs behind. I dont see ponting making 1000 runs in consecutive years given that he plays at most 2-3 years of cricket. Ponting is only fit for scoring centuries at home against weak bowling oppositions. We saw how Doug Bracewell was enough to make him shiver. And about ODI records Ponting is miles behind. About 5000 runs,18 centuries,150 wickets and and not to mention a certain double hundred. The only current player who has a chance albeit slim chance to overtake Tendulkar in tests is Kallis.

  • on January 24, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    Ponting is a champion batsman and I am happy to see him making such a wonderful comeback, scoring runs in challenging conditions. Truly inspiring and great to watch as a neutral observer in this match. The Indian bowlers (expect Yadav) bowled really tight, thought without much luck, and made the batsman work hard. I'm not sure why Sehwag bowled himself so much and also at such important times (with Clarke and Ponting in their 90s)

  • on January 24, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    Ponting is a champion batsman and I am happy to see him making such a wonderful comeback, scoring runs in challenging conditions. Truly inspiring and great to watch as a neutral observer in this match. The Indian bowlers (expect Yadav) bowled really tight, thought without much luck, and made the batsman work hard. I'm not sure why Sehwag bowled himself so much and also at such important times (with Clarke and Ponting in their 90s)

  • on January 24, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    Ponting is a champion batsman and I am happy to see him making such a wonderful comeback, scoring runs in challenging conditions. Truly inspiring and great to watch as a neutral observer in this match. The Indian bowlers (expect Yadav) bowled really tight, thought without much luck, and made the batsman work hard. I'm not sure why Sehwag bowled himself so much and also at such important times (with Clarke and Ponting in their 90s)

  • on January 24, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    They said the same thing about Dravid six months ago now people want his blood. Ponting like the Indian old boys is pushing 40 and is playing an bowling attack no better than a club side. Had the indians batsmen been facing something similar to their own attack they would have been plundering runs galore. If Tendulkar had been an Australian he probably have had close to 70 test hundreds by now licking his lips every time he saw the likes of Ishant. Ponting will always be tested against the really good pace bowlers with his slowing reflexes in fact I think this will be his last test hundred that is if he dose not get another one in the second innings.

  • rahulcricket007 on January 24, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    @STFLEMING . SACHIN HAS 51 HUNDREDS IN TESTS , WHILE PONTING HAS 41 , LET SACHIN REMAINED STRUCK ON 51 THEN ALSO PUNTER NEEDS 11 MORE HUNDREDS FOR BECAME THE MOST TEST CENTURION & THE SERIES AGINST INDIA IS OVER . NOW HE WILL PLAY AGAINST GOOD OPPOSITIONS LIKE PAK , ENG , SA IN COUPLE OF YEARS & I DON'T THINK HE CAN GET THOSE 11 HUNDREDS AGAINST THOSE BOWLING ATTACKS .

  • Aussieresurgance on January 24, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    You little ripper Punter! A true champion does the business again. Those of you who forget he has passed 50 over 100 times in test cricket, are also missing the fact that Ponting has done this in ALL countries, against attacks from different generations. India are down and out right now because Ponting has taken the initiative away from their attack in both Sydney and now Adelaide, when the Aus top order crumbled on both occasions. If that had not occurred, Aus could easily have fallen away each time. Credit to Clarke for doing the same. The only way Punter and co are going to step up to give England, SA and others a tougher time in future is to regain form now, keep it going, and come harder next time. That is the plan, and things are on track. Aus may not be no.1, but they are definitely not as bad as the bashers would like-Sr Lanka, SA, NZ, and now India-after last summer we could have lost series against all of them-instead wins and draws. I can live with that!

  • StatisticsRocks on January 24, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    I am sure Punter, a gr8 batsmen of this era will not score a century agnst England in ashes. He needs to show this against quality bowling and I am sure Eng will test him.

  • StatisticsRocks on January 24, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Its funny the World we live in. I am sure tomorrow, should SRT score a century, we will hear comments like the pitch is docile and has nothing in it, flat trak BULLY and and blah blah blah, yet we glorify Punters century. No other country has had to live with double standards like we Indians are subjected to...(Cricket wise only). It's coz of India's success in generating revenue in World Cricket. Inspite of > 50% of SRT's RD's centuries have come abroad against quality teams (not BNG, ZIM, KENYA) . If England were successful in creating an IPL like tournament I am sure the world would have been a gr8 place and life goes on. England tried and failed, India tried and succeeded. Dont get me wrong I am still no fan of 20-20 and to me Test Cricket is the Ultimate Test but There are Double Standards and Tony Greg is a classic exmample of that. He adored Indian cricket and Indian players like SRT, RD, and now you can hear him on TV and judge yourself. Punter is a gr8 batsmen so are SRT,RD

  • va_jatt on January 24, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    well well ponting hundred is bad luck for aussies he gonna stay there for another couple of year.. and my prediction is there's no cricket left in punter and about these two hundred comon agianst indian bowling attack.. if siddle or starc give their best in batting i am sure they can make hundred against indian bowling attack..lol

  • sunny1307 on January 24, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    Even if Clarke gets a triple here,Ponting should be the man of the series,or may be Hilfy unless he messes it up here.But it was Ponting who got oz out of the hole twice at Melbourne.I somehow get a feeling that Clarke's batting propells when Ponting is around him,may be thats why Pup has been supporting him throught.Of Ponting's last 3 test tons,Clarke too has crossed 100 each time.So may be Clarke wants him around till Jan 2014 home ashes in Australia,and after that its Ponting's choice,may be 1 more season till Jan 2015 and finally retire with the world cup.But as of now Ponting should take small steps.Next assignment is the cb series,where he should target atleast 3 centuries in 10 odi's considering oz will win it in 2 finals.And then atleast 2 centuries in 3 tests in West Indies.Ok now don't think beyond that.

  • rahulcricket007 on January 24, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    LOOOL . DIDN'T THE SAME PONTING WAS PATHETIC AGAINST ENG, SA , PAK & NZ TOO . ONE GOOD SERIES AGAINST PROBABLY THE WORST BOWLING ATTACK ON THE PLANET & PONTING 'S CHANCE FOR PLAYING 2013 ASHES INCREASE . IT WILL BE A PLEASURE FOR ENGLAND FOR HAVING SUCH A WALKING WKT IN AUS TEAM .

  • zico123 on January 24, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    BCCI pls stop this torture which is going on for 8 consecutive overseas Test matches, either do something to about it or scrap all future overseas Test series of India, we viewers can't take this anymore, it is painful to watch them

  • stFleming on January 24, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    Well Well...I guess its now time for Ricky Ponting to score 50 test hundreds and break Sachin Tendulkar's record of most centuries...This is just the beginning of Ponting's rebirth in international cricket....So Sachin should be careful now as he is struggling and his rival has regained form...Beware Master blaster Sachin!!!! Ponting is coming now and surely he'll break ur records...

  • BnH1985Fan on January 24, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    Agree with the comment: scoring against India does not prove anything. India's "attack" is easily worse than that of any first class side in Australia; India's field placing has been defensive and Indna's fielders lack agility. Ponting will have to score big runs against better teams. He struggled at the start of the series, but has improved. No doubt he will play more test cricket. But unlike India, Australian selectors typically use a short leash. If you do not perform, there are other players waiting in the wings to replace you, no matter who you are.

  • popcorn on January 24, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    Ricky Ponting is playing at his vintage best.Who would ecer say he is 37? I see him on The Ashes Tour!

  • roarster on January 24, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Can't really see how the switch from 1st drop to number 4 has made any odds to Punter in this series given the protection Marsh has been offering him!

  • on January 24, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Not questioning Ponting's greatness at all, just wondering didnt he scored all these runs at home grounds against mediocre bowlers bowing with lethargic approach, without big scores behind them (thanks to the Indian batsman) resulting in big fat ZERO result. would people stop calling names to RD, VVS etc if they score big in India against say NZ, WI, ZIM etc. Certainly not. Class cant be suppressed for long but as Indian aged legends have to prove it in alien condition, I would welcome ponting when he make same runs against SA, ENG, India in their own backyard

  • AUSOME_AWESIE on January 24, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    GO PUNTER GO!!!! DE BEST BATSMEN EVA aft Sir Don.... all ya Aussie bashers and poms go play ipl lol!!!!

  • on January 24, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    all of sudden we all talking about AUS ADN PONTING! hey hold one,whetre are all the build up talks when evryone one is up for india to do all the heat work. It goes like this,u can not win or play gud always,even not the ausies.

  • on January 24, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    @ Mr.Ankit pls dont mind but 100 is a 100, RICKY dont worry you will be plundering more of those in days to come, we want you to bring back the URN to AUS.

  • on January 24, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    After the day's play if you guys noticed, Rahul chased Ricky Ponting to shake hands, Ponting just walked on. Rahul has become shameless, he is going on congratulating when Ricky doesnt care anymore as he has secured his place now with 2 - 100s in this series. Rahul has chased him everytime he scored a 50 in this series , maybe he gets some feelings when he holds Ricky's hands ;). Shameless fellow.

  • joseyesu on January 24, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Another 1 year you cannot remove Dravid and ponting for their hundreds with Eng and Ind

  • Praxis on January 24, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    As a neutral fan, it would be only good if Ponting keeps this kinda form going in the next 2/3 years. But we shouldn't read too much into centuries against such weak bowling as India's.

  • csowmi7 on January 24, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    A true champion and legend but am still not convinced he has ever had the skill to perform in the subcontinent. An all round batsman should have the ability to play in any condition and the true test of a batsman's ability is his ability to score big hundreds in alien conditions. Out of Ponting's 41 centuries only 4 have come in Sri Lanka,India or Pakistan as compared to Tendulkar's 15 centuries in England, Australia and South Africa, Dravid's 8, Kallis 6 in subcontinent and Lara's 5 in the subcontinent.

  • Predic on January 24, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    Ponting....Break all Tendulkar centuries and parallelly give a break for your team - Australia. All The Best Ponting...

    India....plz continue with seniors(Dravid,Tendulkar & VVS Laxman) till they become old - Senior citizens as per govt is 56yrs.

    Indian - Plz continue with "Out of form" players...till they get into form - i.e., till they hit centuries... What a great great great great indian team & indian team selection & ha ha ha BCCI....WOW....

  • prozak on January 24, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    Is it wrong to have man-love for ricky ponting? I got it a plenty. The man is a legend.

  • satish619chandar on January 24, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    RP will stay on for next 2 years.. I wish he ends career with an Ashes win.. If possible, both back to back ones..

  • peterrox on January 24, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    Congrats punter !keep going get us ashes back ''

  • Sanj747 on January 24, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    An interesting stat. In Ponting's 4 tests against India in Adelaide he has scored centuries in all 4 test matches - 125 in 1999, 242 in 2003, 140 in 2008 and 137 not out in 2012. Great stuff.

  • rahulcricket007 on January 24, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    OK GO WITH PONTING IN SERIES AGINST SA LATER THIS YEAR & IN ASHES NEXT YEAR & YOU WILL SEE PONTING AGAIN GOING INTO LEAN PATCH . ANY PERSON CAN MAKE RUNS AGAINST THIS CLUB LEVEL INDIAN BOWLING ATTACK . LOOK AT PONTING 'S PERFORMANCE AGAINST GOOD BOWLING ATTACKS RECNELTY . IN LAST YEAR ASHES HE TOTALLY FLOPPED , AGAINST PAKISTAN IN 2010 IN ENG AGAIN HE FLOPPED AGAINST AMIR 'S BANANA SWINGERS , THEN HE HAS THE WORST SA TOUR OF HIS LIFE TIME THEN AGINST IN NZ IN HOBART AGAIN HE FLOPS . I M NOT AGAINST PONTING , BUT IF AUSSIE CONTINUE TO RETAIN PONTING I M SURE AUSSIE WILL ALSO SUFFER THE SAME FATE WHEN THEY PLAY WITH SA & PAK LATER WHICH INDIA IS SUFFERING BY PERSISTING WITH SENIORS ON THIS TOUR .

  • on January 24, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    Ponting proving what Dravid proved in England. Legends never die. They fight on.

  • jonesy2 on January 24, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    ricky wont be stopping till he has a triple. he also wont be stopping till he has his ashes back, which will be in 2013, then he will want to stay on the following summer and keep them.

  • on January 24, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    you are the first writer in the last two years to make note of Pontings form in that tour of India before the Ashes. Three 70's in 4 innings and he looked amazing. I watched him in Bangalore and it was as good as i have seen him bat. Form is temporary, class is as class does. Ponting is class.

    Bring it on Ponting!

  • Charindra on January 24, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    Punter's back, and he's a lot more likeable than he used to be... Hopefully i feel the same way if he becomes the dominant and ruthless batting machine he once was!

  • on January 24, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Australia rocks.india gonna be 4 -o nil in this gavaskar series.

  • podichetty on January 24, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    Its not a big deal Ricky....Any out-of-form batsman can get back to form against the Indians. Over the years we have a very good record at that ! Ask any Indian !

  • MIRAJ_huq on January 24, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    last 4-5 test every time Australia slumped to 3-4 wickets down early Ponting took them out of the rubble..century or not.a real technician an aggressor, and a real WINNER in all conditions. hence his brashness quite suits him.kudos punter.

  • Buggsy on January 24, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    "I'm used to sitting back in the corner and being told what to do anyway." So now we know who wears the pants in the family.

  • boooonnie on January 24, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    I just hope that Punter, and Hussey, dont do a Dravid and reach great heights (eg England) and suddenly slump so quickly that they are almost compelled to retire on a low. At the moment both players are fine because the younger players are still finding their feet and their experience is required - but once our top order gets established and Kwaja gets some runs on the board in Shield cricket then both players need to consider getting out while they are on top. The same can be said for Haddin.

  • on January 24, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    Scoring a hundred against this Indian attack proves nothing. He would struggle even against Rampaul & co when Aus tour the Windies in the coming days. It would be better for Ponting to retire after this series so that he can end his career on a high.

  • cricfanraj on January 24, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    Good to see Pointing back in form but age is crual factor on any great player. Once they start failing, like current indian batting legends, every tom and ick will question their ability and want their head to fall. So all the best Pointing and hope he will entertain for some more time.

  • PrasPunter on January 24, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    I feel priveleged to be the first fan to comment on my man's century. You are a Legend Sir ! Take a bow !! Wish you play on till the Ashes and get us back the one that we badly miss !! Go Punter ! You are the best !!

  • NeoTheSaviour on January 24, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    Don't get too ahead of yourself.. India has most pathetic bowling attack among top 7 test playing nations (when playing outside subcontinent). Even 9,10 and Jacks can be batting legends if they keep on facing Indian bowling.

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  • NeoTheSaviour on January 24, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    Don't get too ahead of yourself.. India has most pathetic bowling attack among top 7 test playing nations (when playing outside subcontinent). Even 9,10 and Jacks can be batting legends if they keep on facing Indian bowling.

  • PrasPunter on January 24, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    I feel priveleged to be the first fan to comment on my man's century. You are a Legend Sir ! Take a bow !! Wish you play on till the Ashes and get us back the one that we badly miss !! Go Punter ! You are the best !!

  • cricfanraj on January 24, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    Good to see Pointing back in form but age is crual factor on any great player. Once they start failing, like current indian batting legends, every tom and ick will question their ability and want their head to fall. So all the best Pointing and hope he will entertain for some more time.

  • on January 24, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    Scoring a hundred against this Indian attack proves nothing. He would struggle even against Rampaul & co when Aus tour the Windies in the coming days. It would be better for Ponting to retire after this series so that he can end his career on a high.

  • boooonnie on January 24, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    I just hope that Punter, and Hussey, dont do a Dravid and reach great heights (eg England) and suddenly slump so quickly that they are almost compelled to retire on a low. At the moment both players are fine because the younger players are still finding their feet and their experience is required - but once our top order gets established and Kwaja gets some runs on the board in Shield cricket then both players need to consider getting out while they are on top. The same can be said for Haddin.

  • Buggsy on January 24, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    "I'm used to sitting back in the corner and being told what to do anyway." So now we know who wears the pants in the family.

  • MIRAJ_huq on January 24, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    last 4-5 test every time Australia slumped to 3-4 wickets down early Ponting took them out of the rubble..century or not.a real technician an aggressor, and a real WINNER in all conditions. hence his brashness quite suits him.kudos punter.

  • podichetty on January 24, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    Its not a big deal Ricky....Any out-of-form batsman can get back to form against the Indians. Over the years we have a very good record at that ! Ask any Indian !

  • on January 24, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Australia rocks.india gonna be 4 -o nil in this gavaskar series.

  • Charindra on January 24, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    Punter's back, and he's a lot more likeable than he used to be... Hopefully i feel the same way if he becomes the dominant and ruthless batting machine he once was!