Derbyshire v Surrey, Derby, 3rd day June 1, 2013

Ponting not finished with English bowling


Surrey 362 for 4 (Harinath 154, Ponting 120*) trail Derbyshire 452 by 90 runs

Ricky Ponting has called time on his international career but he has not finished with English bowling as he marked his first-class Surrey debut with a century. He cruised to his 81st first-class hundred and shared a third-wicket stand of 180 in 49 overs on the third day at Derby

Arun Harinath made a career-best 154, while Ponting was unbeaten on 120 from 182 balls out of 362 for four at the close. But with Surrey still trailing by 90 runs it is hard to see either side forcing a victory on the final day.

There was a decent crowd at the Racecourse on a sunny morning but they had to wait until after lunch to see Ponting play his first innings for Surrey as Harinath and Vikram Solanki denied Derbyshire early wickets.

Solanki was well short of his fluent best but applied himself to see the shine off the ball and help Harinath put on 133 for the second wicket to set the stage for Ponting.

Harinath grew in confidence and reached his third Championship half-century in seven innings when he glanced Mark Footitt to the fine leg boundary for his seventh four.

There was some turn for the spinners but Surrey were close to batting through the morning when Solanki fell four balls before lunch to a sharp diving catch by Billy Godleman at short leg off Wes Durston.

Derbyshire knew they had to get Ponting early to put the visitors under pressure but several of their bowlers complained of "light-headedness'' along with umpire Nigel Cowley, who left the field for 20 minutes and was replaced by Surrey first team coach Ian Salisbury.

The sight of Ponting stroking the ball around was enough to make their heads spin but Harinath was far from overshadowed and celebrated his third first-class century in style by lofting Durston for a straight six that was well caught by a spectator.

Ponting's first 50 for Surrey arrived from 85 balls when he pulled David Wainwright for his sixth four, although he was lucky when he mistimed a pull at Footitt which lobbed over the wicketkeeper's head for two.

Harinath reached his 150 from 291 balls but was bowled when he tried to pull a Wainwright delivery. The 26-year-old departed to a standing ovation and a handshake from Ponting, who recognised the importance of his innings.

Ponting was soon raising his bat in recognition to the applause for his hundred, which came when he swept Durston for his 13th four. And although Zander de Bruyn was bowled by Wainwright, Derbyshire could only take one bowling point on a day dominated by batsmen.

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  • Paul on June 5, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    Whilst KP is a supremely talented batsman, comparing him to Ponting shows a very sheltered knowledge of the game. If he was less prone to playing stupid shots and more prone to concentrating for longer periods, he could become a great. I think the last great English batsman was Ken Barrington, btw one super series doesn't make Cook a great. Probably the best bat, along with Lara and Tendulkar since Sir Viv.

  • Scott on June 3, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    @jackthelad, Pietersen better than Ponting - haha!!! Pietersen wasn't even good enough to be selected as a batsman for his own country!!!!!!!! He actually left as they didn't pick him as an offy! (Which isn't hard to understand as he's pretty ordinary as an offy)...

  • Tim on June 3, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    Haha jackthelad, you must be a lad. Ponting was the best batsman in the best test and one day teams ever. Was also the captain of the best test and one day teams ever. Something tendulkar, sanga or Kp will never be close to. The only other batsmen who come close to that are Bradman, sobers, and sir viv.

  • manish on June 3, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    @jackthelad when did the travesty of considering sangakkara and pietersen better batsmen then ponting happened????widen your gaze man...

  • Robert on June 3, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    @Meety. Agreed. I also laugh how FFL thinks the only way a spinner can be good is if he is a big turner of the ball. A.Kumble for one might disagree.

  • Andrew on June 3, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    @_Australian_ on (June 3, 2013, 3:09 GMT) - at least RandyOz was original, everything FFL comes up with us a Pommy re-hash of what Randy has said previously - both are tiresome. The funny thing about FFL is the way he whinged early in the NZ v Eng test series about how NZ were lucky to get some Eng batsmen caught down the legside, yet in 2010/11 - Punter was caught at least twice (I think maybe 3 times) down the legside & that was "great" bowling by England. Says a lot about his knowledge. He hasn't got much else to say considering the Black Caps have just smashed England in the ODis.

  • Robert on June 3, 2013, 3:09 GMT

    @Front-foot-lunge. Not that I would ever agree with Randy and his wild one eyed opinions. Your opinions to me are very similar. To say Ponting was dominated by English bowlers is a big stretch. Sure he didn't peform in the last 2 ashes campains and 2005 I would give a points victory to the English bowlers v Ponting. For the rest in his career vs. England he pretty much comes out the winner. 2007 he topped the batting in a white wash. Ponting has better career stats than nearly all English players. The man with the great username Poms-have-short-memories is so relevant.

  • Andrew on June 3, 2013, 0:47 GMT

    @Sunshine_Pom on (June 2, 2013, 16:28 GMT) - I think the wonderful Randy was referring to a stat analysis where all the greatest batsmen ever had their BEST 52 test sequence analysed. Ponting was the 2nd greatest behind Bradman (2002-07) averaging something around 80, as an Ozzy - I would say Ponting isn't our 2nd greatest batsmen (like Lara he probably shown brighter than all but the Don). In Oz (IMO) -its 2nd place to G Chappell, then a battle between Border & Punter with Border probably a shade ahead. @ jackthelad on (June 2, 2013, 19:08 GMT) - actually AFTER Warne, Langar, McGrath & Martyn retired (& with Hayden & Gilly a shadow of their past)- Ponting led Oz to a world record equalling Test victories in a row. He was a far better captain than YOU & MANY others think. Arguably the greatest ODI captain EVER!

  • Robert on June 2, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    Good batsman, very poor captain (remember all the people like Warne, McGrath, Lee he had to carry him - compare his record before and after the Great Australian Side split up, as captain) - a good, but not a great batsman (far too fond of the punched-through-middle shot, with little variation). Good to see him still in the runs, which rather militates against the current Australian theory that you are dead at 33... good luck to you, Ricky, just wish idiots wouldn't try to make you out to be more than you have ever claimed for yourself.

  • Robert on June 2, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    An additional point; in the view of every player who ever played with him or against him (Wilfred Rhodes, Jack Hobbs, Jack Fingleton,Clem Hill - yes, and DR Bradman himself) the greatest batsman who ever lived was, certainly, an Australian; his name was Victor Trumper.