Victoria v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, MCG

Ponting eyes ton as Tasmania dominate

ESPNcricinfo staff

October 23, 2012

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Tasmania 3 for 315 (Doolan 95, Ponting 89*, Cosgrove 56) v Victoria

Ricky Ponting drives through the off side, Victoria v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, Melbourne, 1st day, October 23, 2012
Ricky Ponting made 89 not out © Getty Images

Ricky Ponting continued his promising start to the season with an unbeaten 89 against a Test-class Victoria attack as Tasmania dominated the opening day at the MCG. Ponting and Alex Doolan, who made 95, were the stand-outs for the Tigers after the openers Mark Cosgrove and Ed Cowan both batted well, and having been sent in by Victoria's captain Cameron White, Tasmania were 3 for 315 at stumps.

George Bailey was on 13, having joined Ricky Ponting late in the day when the otherwise steadfast Doolan was bowled by Peter Siddle, missing the chance for his second century of the season. Ponting was eyeing triple figures by the close of play, having gradually worked his way into his summer with 9, 34 and 85 not out in the Shield so far, and less than three weeks from the first Test against South Africa it was an encouraging sign.

Ponting struck 10 fours and a six against Victoria, whose seven bowlers had all played for Australia in either Test or ODI cricket. James Pattinson, Andrew McDonald and John Hastings all went wicketless, as did White, and the first breakthrough didn't come until Tasmania had scored 90, when Cosgrove top-edged Glenn Maxwell and was caught at deep backward square leg for 56.

Cowan showed patience and made 42 from 135 balls but didn't capitalise on his start, caught at slip off the bowling of Clint McKay. But that brought Doolan and Ponting together for their 151-run partnership and with Tim Paine, James Faulkner and Luke Butterworth all still to bat, Victoria faced the prospect of conceding a hefty score on the second day unless they could make early breakthroughs.

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Posted by Meety on (October 26, 2012, 21:32 GMT)

@zenboomerang on (October 24 2012, 03:22 AM GMT) - if you bothered to look closer, Victoria at no stage reached their quota of overs, they ran overtime. The 121 overs by Lunch included an early start - doh!

Posted by TahirMahmood on (October 24, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

Ricky Ponting still a excellent batsman. He is scoring runs frequently. He should be included in ODIs as well. It is not good to drop a legend batsman due to bad performance in few matches. His replacement P. Forest also failed in England. Come on selectors and pup, please include punter in ODIs squad.

Posted by derpherp on (October 24, 2012, 8:16 GMT)

HAHA YES PUNTER!!! Proving once again that age is no barrier. People that are calling on him to retire are insane. This also shows how going back to play domestic cricket can be a world of good.

Posted by Imz25 on (October 24, 2012, 7:40 GMT)

He was in awesome touch! Lots of runs down the wicket.

Posted by zenboomerang on (October 24, 2012, 3:22 GMT)

To all those that said Oz cannot have a 4 seam attack because they are too slow must be looking foolish now... Vic's have played 2 matches with 4 & 5 seamers yet their over rate was good - lunch day 2 with 121 overs bowled... & those that tried to compare with the '80's WI's its chalk & cheese - completely different work rate these days...

Posted by zenboomerang on (October 24, 2012, 3:21 GMT)

Punter 162n.o. is consolidating his Test position & against a 5 seamer attack which is as good as any in the comp... Seeing that the Vic's easily beat Qld with a 4 seam attack at the Gabba this must also show that the MCG is playing easier than Adelaide Oval atm - though Siddle & Patto bowled inconsistently, but McKay & Hastings bowled beautifully, while AB has been his usual steady self... Really think the Vic's made a mistake leaving Finch out for the extra seamer, now we'll see how well they handle the Tas bowlers... Pity no comms section for the Qld v SA game - Ferguson (164) played a innings that has been missing for a long time, Cooper not selected, no Richardson, no McDermott - lots to talk about...

Posted by   on (October 23, 2012, 20:37 GMT)

Go Ricky Thomas. Starting to show what a short sighted decision it was to drop him from the ODI side.....................

Posted by Chris_P on (October 23, 2012, 17:30 GMT)

I love it when cricket goes back to grass roots level i.e. sheffield shield cricket with all the players available. Good test for all players concerned.

Posted by MrArmchairCricket on (October 23, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

I saw most of Ricky's innings, and he played beautifully up until the time I left. Even though I'm a Victorian, I hope he goes on and gets his century. We did miss Dutchy today though, as evidenced by the fact Cameron White had to bowl himself after Maxwell took a little bit of stick.

Posted by JimDavis on (October 23, 2012, 12:06 GMT)

This is good the see. the Vic boy's needed to be out there toiling for more than 2 sessions. Shows just how poor WA and QLD are this season. Second day will be very important in the context of the Shield season.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2012, 11:17 GMT)

Very happy to see Ponting performing well against a strong Vic attack. I dont care if do not see the lethal attacking Ponting of couple of years ago. The solid run accumulator from last summer will do us nicely.

Posted by Mary_786 on (October 23, 2012, 10:43 GMT)

Well done Punter, good signs

Posted by Meety on (October 23, 2012, 10:26 GMT)

@ Nerk on (October 23 2012, 09:16 AM GMT) - yes Smith said in the paper that the Saffas more or less have his measure.

Posted by Nerk on (October 23, 2012, 9:16 GMT)

I hope Graeme Smith is watching! Ponting has been in good form. Looks like the break has done him a lot of good. Translating that form to the test arena won't be straight forward, but he is scoring runs at a fair clip and that is the main thing.

Posted by Auscricketfan on (October 23, 2012, 9:12 GMT)

Really good to see Ricky getting form in the Shield before the test series, all the players who are in contention for the 1st should be doing this, hopefully we will see a Ponting 100 tomorrow and then see Punter score a few at the Gabba against the Saffas!

Posted by Meety on (October 23, 2012, 8:53 GMT)

I believe it was a chanceless knock!

Posted by disco_bob on (October 23, 2012, 8:27 GMT)

Doing it at a decent strike rate too.

Posted by nthuq on (October 23, 2012, 8:26 GMT)

Haha, it's always Siddle that breaks the partnerships. But top stuff from the Tigers, and I hope Ponting gets his ton tomorrow morning and the Victorians can skittle the rest of the lineup cheaply. No fun in a boring one sided match.

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