Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Melbourne

Ponting to miss first ODI against Sri Lanka

Brydon Coverdale

November 2, 2010

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Ricky Ponting was into his stride immediately despite the early loss of wickets, Middlesex v Australians, Tour Match, Lord's, June 19, 2010
Ricky Ponting won't be part of Australia's side on Wednesday © PA Photos

Ricky Ponting will miss Australia's first one-day international against Sri Lanka in Melbourne on Wednesday after the death of his grandmother in Tasmania. Michael Clarke will captain the side in the first of this week's three ODIs but Ponting will be available for the second match at the SCG on Friday.

"I won't be playing tomorrow's game," Ponting said at the MCG on Tuesday. "My grandmother down in Launceston has passed away on the weekend. The funeral is down in Launceston tomorrow. I'll be flying out tomorrow morning to attend the funeral and then flying straight back to the ground tomorrow afternoon."

Ponting sat out of Australia's recent one-dayers in India and has not played an ODI since the series against England finished in July. Last time Clarke captained Australia in a home ODI, he made 98 opening the batting in a loss to New Zealand at the MCG.

The Australians have not confirmed a starting line-up for the first ODI after their training session on Tuesday was interrupted by rain. However, the Tasmanian spinner Xavier Doherty is set to make his international debut, a week after taking a five-wicket haul in the Sheffield Shield on the same ground.

"There's no doubt that he's been probably the best-performed spinner in Australia in the shorter forms of the game for the last few years now," Ponting said of his state team-mate Doherty. "He's become a match-winner for Tassie in that period of time. He's someone that I do know quite well.

"He's a boy from Launceston, the same as me, and it's great reward for someone like him having put in the hard yards for a long time, to finally get an opportunity to play. With Hauritz being away and having played that Shield game, Hauritz won't play the game tomorrow, so Doherty will play if the weather is not too inclement for the spinners."

Australia have regained several first-choice players including Mitchell Johnson and Michael Hussey, who sat out of Sunday's Twenty20 loss at the WACA. The hosts are aiming to turn around their losing streak across all formats, having not won an international match since the Lord's Test against Pakistan in July.

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Posted by   on (November 3, 2010, 16:28 GMT)

Why are u sad Shaheryar. As a Pakistani you should be happy for the Lankans.

Posted by Dax75 on (November 3, 2010, 13:34 GMT)

Who cares who is a better batsman except the few with little matter between the ears? What baffles me is that these comments are moderated and still these boring whos better than who get posted under this article. Leave the comments page for those who wish to pass on their best wishes to the Ponting family, not those who want to have the boring argument of who is better than who. Please!

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (November 3, 2010, 11:51 GMT)

We need to investigate Aussie palyers are involved in match fixing in this 1t ODI.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (November 3, 2010, 11:35 GMT)

What a match!!! How can Aussies win in the Sri Lankan backyard. Look at the crowd. I saw only 2 Aussi flags. The match was palyed in Sri Lanka. Auusie players got bribes from TAB it is match fixing.

Posted by multipack on (November 3, 2010, 7:32 GMT)

@LakmalPhysics, Sri Lankan batsmen are never mentioned in the same breath as Tendulkar, Ponting and Lara for one simple reason. They are not in their class. Sangakkara and Jayawardene might have impressive stats but so does Jordan. And she'll never top the most beautiful woman in the world awards will she?

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (November 3, 2010, 7:22 GMT)

I think 239 is a good score under light. SL will struggle to score runs.

Posted by Jaggadaaku on (November 3, 2010, 5:55 GMT)

@ Shahreyar Khan, so you said Srilanka only could win the match because Ponting is not in the first ODI. This is not 1980s Srilankan team. They are real fighters, and moreover; any thing can possible in cricket. For example, your rookie Pakistani team shockingly defeated South Africa two days ago. Has anyone knew Pakistan would win that game? Ponting is a good batsman and of course the best captain, but don't underestimate the Srilankan team. @ SLCricMonitor, why did you say typical bad comment from Indian when you replied to Shahreyar Khan? Shahreyar Khan is not an Indian. India is on No. 1 on the ICC test table and No.2 on ICC's ODIs table. They don't jealous of Srilankan team. "ONLY LOSER CAN BE JEALOUS". The teams are lower than Srilanka on the table of ICC could be jealous. Now you use your own brain who that could be.

Posted by evenflow_1990 on (November 3, 2010, 1:11 GMT)

@Something_Witty: right on buddy. my sincerest condolences to the ponting family

Posted by LakmalPhysics on (November 2, 2010, 22:58 GMT)

Today People talk about Ponting & Tendulkar. But In my opinion Brian Lara is better than both Sachin & Ponting. And by 2020 everyone will have to talk about 2 Sri Lankan batsmen. Guess WHO?

Posted by Laxyvick on (November 2, 2010, 20:21 GMT)

This is a news item which speaks about bereavement. Peculiar to see people bringing Sachin versus Ponting debate into this. Let the cricketers at least shed a few tears in peace, without having to pander to public demand. so called fans are just amazing - but, then, irrationality has been the hallmark of the cricket fan, at least in India - and greatness is achieved by being great in spite of them . This is superbly documented in My request is to let the men in white have some semblance of peace at least in times of sorrow.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2010, 20:05 GMT)

I am extremely hear about demise in Postings family and pray the soul rest in peace and share his and, his immediate family's anguish!

Posted by   on (November 2, 2010, 19:54 GMT)

Australia is a gone case dudes. Look how are they going to be smashed by the Lankans....LMAO.

Posted by CricketPissek on (November 2, 2010, 18:34 GMT)

looking forward to seeing the punter back for the 2nd and 3rd odi. am sure he'll be back with a bang, but hopefully the lankans can defuse that bomb :) Go Sri Lanka!!

Posted by ranga_s on (November 2, 2010, 16:06 GMT)

@Sheikh Asee: U are nuts...Ricky Ponting is a great batsman...was the world's best in 2005/06/07....but Sachin is an alltime great....I dnt know from where are you...or u have sense to talk about cricket....If you are a Sri Lankan as James Subramanian saying...sorry dude..u are wrong...Sachin is the best of 2..may be the equal best with Don Bradman....and James Subramanian...I'm from SL...recently there were some issues between Indian and SL fans...clearly because Indians hate Sri Lankans doing good and that they beat India in MicroMax Final...Hate all as you want..It's your proud about it....but at no point dnt ever think us SL are stupid enough to say Ponting is better than Sachin...India may support Australia in this series as I saw lot of Indians supporting them through the comments..But we all love Sachin...Sachin may have born in India...But he's a gem to entire world...SL will back you against anyone who say Sachin is not good...

Posted by bboynexus on (November 2, 2010, 13:55 GMT)

Ponting's a damn find batsman - and a damn fine cricketer - regardless of the extreme camps that often seem to worm their way into this site.

But I would never go so far as to say he is 'better' than Tendulkar. Tendulkar is one of the greatest batsmen of all time. There's no argument against it.

He's certainly no better than Bradman though. You're as equally insane if you suggest otheriwse.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2010, 13:53 GMT)

Hi, friends thanks for the comments..,, I'm still believing that my comment is right,, Yes Sachin is one of the greatest, but as a batsman he's a free man,, but batting well as a captain is not easy is a captain Ponting batted perfectly for the last 8 years. scoring 200 is great but we can't depend on that because it's only one match. if we take the average score for the last 8 years Ponting is the best.. I'm a Sri Lankan but we should respect the truth...

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (November 2, 2010, 11:47 GMT)

I have a feeling that Ponting is better than Sachin. But Sunil Gavaskar is better than Ponting.

Posted by StarveTheLizard on (November 2, 2010, 11:34 GMT)

Let's all put aside the relative merits of Tendulkar and Ponting for a minute. I think we can all agree that they are both going to be very hard to replace when they retire.

Posted by Something_Witty on (November 2, 2010, 10:29 GMT)

A member of Ricky Ponting's family dies and all you guys can talk about is whether Tendulkar is a better batsman than Ponting? Ponting doesn't give a toss whether he is considered better or worse than Tendulkar. Never has and never will.

Posted by bigbang07 on (November 2, 2010, 9:10 GMT)

Deepest condolences Ricky, hope to see you back asap. -Colombo, Sri Lanka

Posted by varunsapra on (November 2, 2010, 8:49 GMT)

sri lanka shud have randiv instead of murali...randiv has been in better form!!

Posted by   on (November 2, 2010, 8:09 GMT)

I am from SL. It's not good to compare Sachin and Ponting. They are two great batsmen but Sachin is the best of the lot. Everybody agrees to that. Guys like Sheikh Asee and Shaheryar Khan are the people who are starting fights with their silly comments. SL has a strong team and I believe that they could pull off a series win this time around which would be moral boosting for the WC 2011.

Posted by KingofRedLions on (November 2, 2010, 7:26 GMT)

All the best Ricky. 25char.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2010, 7:25 GMT)

Felling Sorry For Ponting.God Bless her soul.But Still I think That Australia will win this match nd d series.They still have The Great Clarke nd othervery goo players like Marsh Watson Johnson etc.So no need to woory.All D best Australia.

Posted by Lovetesh on (November 2, 2010, 7:25 GMT)

Ponting grandmother dies and he is not playing a game against SL. How does Sachin or India comes into the picture?

Posted by Jaggadaaku on (November 2, 2010, 6:16 GMT)

Sheikh Asee, Did anyone asked you who is the better between Sachin and Ponting? If he is a better than Sachin, then why ESPN did not include him in any of those 3 World XI? World knows who is the better and let me tell you Sachin is the best in all aspects including human being, batsman, player, behavior, attitude, respect to other cricketers, and spirit of the game. Ponting always spits non-sense before every series starts, unfortunately he couldn't spit any non-sense before this series started because 3 straight defeated in Tests, sewed his mouth.

Posted by Xavier_r on (November 2, 2010, 6:10 GMT)

whether rick is in the team or not watch out ausies the lions are in for a roar at the kangaroos..........@ sheik hey dont bluff sachin is the best and will be the best bastman considered in history.....

Posted by   on (November 2, 2010, 6:08 GMT)

@Sheikh Asee: That is the funniest joke I've heard in years.. Cannot stop laughing!! Next you will say that Marcus North is a betterbatsman than Brain Lara.. LOL

Posted by Gocool87 on (November 2, 2010, 5:24 GMT)

Deep condolence ricky. Sure u'll be bcsk as a bang. U r my favourite aussie

Posted by faisal1986 on (November 2, 2010, 5:09 GMT)

@ Sheikh Asee.... the joke of this year....would you believe?..punter is better than words to tell you....

Posted by priyantha123 on (November 2, 2010, 5:05 GMT)

My reply to Shareryar Khan - don't say that SL can win matches only when Ponting is not there. This is a very silly comment! SL can win under any situation, remember they won the 1996 world cup when Ricky and many other good Aussies like Mcgrath, Shane Warne and Stewe Waugh played. Just don't talk what you don;t know!

Posted by   on (November 2, 2010, 5:01 GMT)

Only pointing can not do anything, Once upon a time he was a good batsmen, but he was never better than sachin. Sachin has face world class bowler like warne, lee, Mcgrath. Where pointing has never face this type of world class bowler.

Posted by vattic on (November 2, 2010, 4:50 GMT)

@Sheikh Asee: Hey how can you ever underestimate sachin? i'm not an indian..but i'm a cricket lover...please dont make false comments like that.i guess you have not seen sachin's batting for lifetime.You never can compare ponting to him. i'm not saying ponting is not great.Ponting he is a batsman who is always thinks about the team. Yeah from that way you can say ricky is better than sachin. but man don't compare sachin's class to ponting.(i'm not an Indian.A pure sri lankan)

Posted by   on (November 2, 2010, 4:43 GMT)

Saving him for the Ashes or saving the Ashes from him? You never know!

Posted by SLCricMonitor on (November 2, 2010, 4:39 GMT)

To: Shaheryar Khan, another typical bad comments from an Indian. We have seen tis kind of things from this kind of people. this kind of people know they are not good as other teams. so hoping a better teams to go down. dreaming ....... , better be aware of your team's series.

Posted by tavitayya.mudda on (November 2, 2010, 4:33 GMT)

Condolences Ricky. I wish you all the best for Ashes and World Cup and also wishing you to bring back AUS to No:3 in test rankings so that we can see AUS inl playing 4 teams in Champions League Test matches, without AUS I can't Imagine Test Champions Ship. And also Wishing you to Win the World cup ha-trick as captain.

Posted by catalyst213 on (November 2, 2010, 4:33 GMT)

So sorry to hear this Ricky, hope u and all ur family is coping well. Goodluck when u start to play, Australia is save under ur leadership.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2010, 4:26 GMT)

Hello Sheikh, the article is about ricky to miss one odi that too of his grandmother has passed away. Then what is the point of including sachin's name in ur reply. Your reply shows typical srilankan mind. I too know ricky is one of the greatest batsman. There is nothing to compare him with others. Each is good in their own strength. We love santh and appreciate him but you people do not appreciate any of the indian cricketer especially Sachin. Love cricket.

Posted by Aussie-07 on (November 2, 2010, 4:21 GMT)

First accept my sympathy Ricky. Ricky Ponting is one of the greats, but to say that Ponting is greater than Tendulkar is ridiculous and bias. The facts and statistics shows it in both formates. We must see the difference between reasoning with the heart and brains.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2010, 4:17 GMT)

lankans went thr 4 win da series with ricky or with out him doesnt matter 2 sri lankans. So no worries mate.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2010, 4:13 GMT)

@sheikh asee: i think u r new to cricket as for yr kind information i want to inform u that sachin is the only player on the planet to have scored 200* in ODI and is one century short from golden century record in tests and ODI and there are many many records under his name and where is ricky ponting standing ??? he is no way closer also to sachin in any format!!!! so how could be ponting better than him and the latest test series is the finest example!

Posted by Dax75 on (November 2, 2010, 3:42 GMT)

All the best to you Ricky in the sad time for you and your family.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2010, 3:17 GMT)

Ponting is the greatest batsmen today, he's better than Sachin.. if he's there we would be able to see a good match. expecting to see him on 2nd & 3rd Matches..

Posted by   on (November 2, 2010, 2:32 GMT)

So sad. Now i think SL can win the 1st odi because there's no Ricky Ponting in the side, so now I hope is a 2-1 encounter at the gabba.

Posted by Woody111 on (November 2, 2010, 2:08 GMT)

Condolences Ricky. It's only another ODI series anyway. Get ready for the real stuff.

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