Ricky and Rianna Ponting arrive at the presentation of the Allan Border Medal in Melbourne, January 28, 2003. Ponting won hands down that year. © Getty Images

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    Ricky Ponting poses for the announcement of Pentasoft computer company as a major sponsor, July 12, 2002 © Getty Images

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    Mark Waugh and Ricky Ponting fool around during a cricket training session at Sydney after Australia beat India 3-0, January 17, 2000 © Getty Images

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    Another hundred for Ricky Ponting against India, 3rd Test, Sydney Cricket Ground, January 4, 2000 © Getty Images

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    Ricky Ponting turns one to leg during his innings of 125 on day one of the first test between Australia and India at the Adelaide Oval, December 10, 1999 © Getty Images

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    The WACA used to be the fastest pitch in the world but is now considerably slower and a batting paradise © Getty Images

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    Ricky Ponting and Justin Langer of Australia walk through the rainforest to get to Victoria Falls during Australia's first tour to Zimbabwe, October 12,1999 © Getty Images

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    Jubilation for Ricky Ponting after reaching his century on day three of the third Test against Sri Lanka at Colombo, October 2, 1999 © Getty Images

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    Ricky Ponting on his way to a century in the third Test against the West Indies at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, March 27,1999 © Getty Images

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    Ricky Ponting runs out Jacques Kallis © Getty Images

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    Ricky Ponting on debut © Getty Images

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    Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist celebrate the dismissal of Sachin Tendulkar, Mumbai, 2000-01 © Getty Images

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    Andrew Symonds acknowledges the MCG crowd © Getty Images

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    Brett Lee waves to the crowd © Getty Images

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    Man of the Match Michael Hussey pumps his fist after Australia's big win © Getty Images

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    Makhaya Ntini was last man out, bowled by Stuart MacGill © Getty Images

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    Glenn McGrath forced Andre Nel to edge one behind © Getty Images

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    Nicky Boje is bowled off the inside edge © Getty Images

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    Phil Jaques pulls off an athletic stop close-in © Getty Images