Victoria v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, MCG October 24, 2012

Ponting century puts Victoria under pressure

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Victoria 4 for 132 (Bird 2-35) trail Tasmania 5 for 439 dec (Ponting 162*, Doolan 95, Cosgrove 56) by 307 runs
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Ricky Ponting scored his first century of the summer, his unbeaten 162 leading Tasmania to a commanding total at the MCG, before the visitors' bowlers consolidated the advantage by dismissing Victoria's top-order for cheap.

Tasmania began the second day on 3 for 315, with Ponting on 89. He went on to bring up his 78th first-class century off 144 balls, and hit 20 fours and a six during his unbeaten 162, an innings that lasted nearly six hours. He led Tasmania to 5 for 439 and they declared half an hour after lunch.

Victoria lost Rob Quiney for 5 - caught behind off Jackson Bird - early in their reply. They had a half-century stand for the second wicket between Chris Rogers and Cameron White, but Adam Maher broke that when he had Rogers caught on the leg-side boundary. David Hussey and White fell in the space of three runs to leave the hosts in trouble at 4 for 106. Bird ended the day with 2 for 35, while James Faulkner had returns of 1 for 28 in ten overs.

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  • PrasPunter on October 25, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    @Meety and @PFEL, spot-on . Punter gives 2 two hoots to individual records. For him, it has always been team-first. I remember the 2009 ODI series in india where Punter opened the innings when the situation demanded it. A true selfless Legend !! Punter rocks !!

  • PFEL on October 24, 2012, 23:41 GMT

    @CricketMaan, Ponting couldn't care less about "going ahead" of Tendulkar. The only people that would care about that are Tendulkar himself and his diehard indian supporters

  • Meety on October 24, 2012, 23:20 GMT

    @nthuq on (October 24 2012, 11:11 AM GMT) - Great comment, IMO very true! @CricketMaan on (October 24 2012, 13:29 PM GMT) - I think the Most Runs record is of little concern for Punter.

  • CoorparooMaverick on October 24, 2012, 21:18 GMT

    Well done Whitey, highest score in a 4 day game for quite some time, will be back in the test team soon with quality performances like that...

  • CricketMaan on October 24, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    with SRT no where near his best, Ricky knows he can pile up runs in Tests and go ahead of him...but to start with can he do that against SA Pace battery?

  • Nightwing32 on October 24, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    Not what Smith, Amla, Kallis can do. What can Ponting to do Morkal, Philander and Steyn. He didn't look bad last time they played.

  • Mary_786 on October 24, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Well done Punter, looked great today.

  • Wozza-CY on October 24, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    One wicket between Siddle & Pattinson in 45 overs is a bit of a worry? Any news on the pitch...is it flat? Vintage stuff from Punter....with the first test only a couple of weeks away, I hope he doesn't leave all his good putts on the putting green!

  • PrasPunter on October 24, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    @ravikb and @rickyvoncanterbury, i would say this bowling performance for sure will ring a few bells. Just the right thing to have happened to us at the right time, for the likes of Sid, Pattinson have time to fine-tune their bowling and correct their lengths. This is why guys should always warm up with the longer version before any test series. Thank God, Huss and Hilfy are back sooner than expected - Now they can have a good week's rest, before warming up with the 4-day fixtures.

  • nthuq on October 24, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    @ravikb, A big thing with the bowlers is the man who captains them. From what I saw, Pattinson and Siddle bowled too short too often, which is something that I doubt Clarke would tolerate. A good part of what our bowlers have done recently in the international arena is Clarke's captaincy at work.

  • PrasPunter on October 25, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    @Meety and @PFEL, spot-on . Punter gives 2 two hoots to individual records. For him, it has always been team-first. I remember the 2009 ODI series in india where Punter opened the innings when the situation demanded it. A true selfless Legend !! Punter rocks !!

  • PFEL on October 24, 2012, 23:41 GMT

    @CricketMaan, Ponting couldn't care less about "going ahead" of Tendulkar. The only people that would care about that are Tendulkar himself and his diehard indian supporters

  • Meety on October 24, 2012, 23:20 GMT

    @nthuq on (October 24 2012, 11:11 AM GMT) - Great comment, IMO very true! @CricketMaan on (October 24 2012, 13:29 PM GMT) - I think the Most Runs record is of little concern for Punter.

  • CoorparooMaverick on October 24, 2012, 21:18 GMT

    Well done Whitey, highest score in a 4 day game for quite some time, will be back in the test team soon with quality performances like that...

  • CricketMaan on October 24, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    with SRT no where near his best, Ricky knows he can pile up runs in Tests and go ahead of him...but to start with can he do that against SA Pace battery?

  • Nightwing32 on October 24, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    Not what Smith, Amla, Kallis can do. What can Ponting to do Morkal, Philander and Steyn. He didn't look bad last time they played.

  • Mary_786 on October 24, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Well done Punter, looked great today.

  • Wozza-CY on October 24, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    One wicket between Siddle & Pattinson in 45 overs is a bit of a worry? Any news on the pitch...is it flat? Vintage stuff from Punter....with the first test only a couple of weeks away, I hope he doesn't leave all his good putts on the putting green!

  • PrasPunter on October 24, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    @ravikb and @rickyvoncanterbury, i would say this bowling performance for sure will ring a few bells. Just the right thing to have happened to us at the right time, for the likes of Sid, Pattinson have time to fine-tune their bowling and correct their lengths. This is why guys should always warm up with the longer version before any test series. Thank God, Huss and Hilfy are back sooner than expected - Now they can have a good week's rest, before warming up with the 4-day fixtures.

  • nthuq on October 24, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    @ravikb, A big thing with the bowlers is the man who captains them. From what I saw, Pattinson and Siddle bowled too short too often, which is something that I doubt Clarke would tolerate. A good part of what our bowlers have done recently in the international arena is Clarke's captaincy at work.

  • rickyvoncanterbury on October 24, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    @ravikb i think our bowling is good enough, its our batting, so if ricky can score 160 against part of the best attact in the world than look out .

  • nthuq on October 24, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    Hope Wade can pile on some runs to put the Bushrangers in a position to challenge the Tigers and to push his own case for selection. The way he's developing right now as a batsman, he'd be my second choice to Mike Hussey for reconstructing an innings after early wickets.

  • disco_bob on October 24, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    Ominous form from Punter. If our boys can keep Amla quiet then the coming Series is going to be a real contest. Can hardly wait for some RealCricketâ„¢

  • Meety on October 24, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    Onya Punter, pretty useful start to the summer!

  • rickyvoncanterbury on October 24, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    He is amasing, he just keeps on keeping on, good on ya ricky we are going to need an in form ricky in a few weeks....

  • ravikb on October 24, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    If Ponting could score a hundred against Siddle and Pattinson, imagine what Smith, Amla, Kallis and ABd can do to Aus attack containing above said bowlers come first test at the Gabba!

  • Mervo on October 24, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    Ponting's first class record must be so strong now. There would be very few players with as many first class centuries. Those count in the records, where as the ODI and T20 ones don't.

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  • Mervo on October 24, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    Ponting's first class record must be so strong now. There would be very few players with as many first class centuries. Those count in the records, where as the ODI and T20 ones don't.

  • ravikb on October 24, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    If Ponting could score a hundred against Siddle and Pattinson, imagine what Smith, Amla, Kallis and ABd can do to Aus attack containing above said bowlers come first test at the Gabba!

  • rickyvoncanterbury on October 24, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    He is amasing, he just keeps on keeping on, good on ya ricky we are going to need an in form ricky in a few weeks....

  • Meety on October 24, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    Onya Punter, pretty useful start to the summer!

  • disco_bob on October 24, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    Ominous form from Punter. If our boys can keep Amla quiet then the coming Series is going to be a real contest. Can hardly wait for some RealCricketâ„¢

  • nthuq on October 24, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    Hope Wade can pile on some runs to put the Bushrangers in a position to challenge the Tigers and to push his own case for selection. The way he's developing right now as a batsman, he'd be my second choice to Mike Hussey for reconstructing an innings after early wickets.

  • rickyvoncanterbury on October 24, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    @ravikb i think our bowling is good enough, its our batting, so if ricky can score 160 against part of the best attact in the world than look out .

  • nthuq on October 24, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    @ravikb, A big thing with the bowlers is the man who captains them. From what I saw, Pattinson and Siddle bowled too short too often, which is something that I doubt Clarke would tolerate. A good part of what our bowlers have done recently in the international arena is Clarke's captaincy at work.

  • PrasPunter on October 24, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    @ravikb and @rickyvoncanterbury, i would say this bowling performance for sure will ring a few bells. Just the right thing to have happened to us at the right time, for the likes of Sid, Pattinson have time to fine-tune their bowling and correct their lengths. This is why guys should always warm up with the longer version before any test series. Thank God, Huss and Hilfy are back sooner than expected - Now they can have a good week's rest, before warming up with the 4-day fixtures.

  • Wozza-CY on October 24, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    One wicket between Siddle & Pattinson in 45 overs is a bit of a worry? Any news on the pitch...is it flat? Vintage stuff from Punter....with the first test only a couple of weeks away, I hope he doesn't leave all his good putts on the putting green!