Derbyshire v Surrey, Derby, 3rd day

Ponting not finished with English bowling

June 1, 2013

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

Ricky Ponting talks to the media before his expected Surrey debut, Derby, May 29, 2013
Ricky Ponting has quickly settled into his new colours © PA Photos
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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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Posted by poms_have_short_memories 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.

Posted by ScottStevo 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)...

Posted by chicko1983 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.

Posted by mann1234 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...

Posted by _Australian_ 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.

Posted by Meety 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.

Posted by _Australian_ 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.

Posted by Meety 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!

Posted by jackthelad 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.

Posted by jackthelad 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.

Posted by jackthelad on (June 2, 2013, 18:14 GMT)

Ponting was not even the second greatest batsman of his own time - one thinks of Tendulkar, Sangakkara, Pietersen - far superior to Ricky, though he was a gutsy trier with some lovely punched shots. Sad that some people allow their one-eyed admiration for a particular team to destroy their ability to see straight or talk sense. Is it not so, Mr. Oz?

Posted by siddhartha87 on (June 2, 2013, 17:59 GMT)

Oh yes old is gold. Must say Chanderpaul and Ponting are in a completely different league compared to other 20 players in this match.I hope both score 100s again in the 2nd innings

Posted by PlanetCricket on (June 2, 2013, 17:51 GMT)

Ricky Ponting is an good batsman but nowhere near the master Sachin :P

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (June 2, 2013, 17:48 GMT)

@Sunshine_Pom, One minor first-class innings against the whipping boys of the league doesn't make up for being dominated time and again by English bowlers. They'll take the test and Ashes victories any day over a Surrey Vs Derbyshire game don't you think? I wouldn't attempt to engage him with the facts old boy, For our poster in question it's the last straw upon which to grasp.

Posted by Sunshine_Pom on (June 2, 2013, 16:28 GMT)

RandyOZ - The 2nd greatest batsmen of all time? Obviously Bradman is No.1, but you truly believe that Ponting is superior to Richards, Sobers or Hobbs? Ponting was very good in his prime, but he probably wouldn't make the Top 25 batsmen of all time, let alone the Top 2.

Posted by RandyOZ on (June 2, 2013, 13:38 GMT)

Still the second greatest batsman of all time. Absolutely loves cracking English bowlers to all parts!

Posted by lukeporter on (June 2, 2013, 10:58 GMT)

@oscoli67 How dare he become upset when run out by a professional fielder while actual starting 11 players were off the ground having a rub and tug for 15 overs.

Posted by Meety on (June 2, 2013, 10:40 GMT)

Good onya Punter - although the shot that brought up the 100 wouldn't make our personal highlights reel, still have quality.

Posted by oscoli67 on (June 2, 2013, 8:07 GMT)

Good to see that even in spite of being the vanquished captain in 3 ashes series Mr Ponting is willing to impart his knowledge in furthering the development of english batsmen. I'm sure they'll learn from him. Could we be seeing the future England batting coach? He could live next door to Warney & Liz !!! He'll need some cash once Rexona & Swisse pull the plug. He could teach our boys to walk off in a dignified manner like he did at Trent Bridge in '05. Well done Ricky!!!

Posted by GeoffreysMother on (June 2, 2013, 6:34 GMT)

What a change to all those international captains who retire with immediate effect and go onto terribly important committees. Brutally honest in his assessment of himself, unstinting in his help for younger players and still a desire to play the game. Admirable.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (June 2, 2013, 6:16 GMT)

Good to see Tremlett back taking wickets in this game. Given his age and injury history, he may never play for England again but, if nothing else, it would be good to see him able to play out his domestic career relatively injury free. If he could get back to his 2011 form though, he could still be an asset for England for a few years yet, giving players like Roland-Jones, Topley and Oli Stone some time to hopefully mature into international standard bowlers. A strong summer for Surrey could see him touring Australia for a second time.

Posted by VillageBlacksmith on (June 2, 2013, 4:59 GMT)

in his last 50 test inns ponting only managed 2 tons, vs the totally hapless indian pop gun attack that toured oz a couple of year ago... his return since then has been mainly single figure humiliations and his recent form vs Eng has been embarrassing for him as a player and capt... happy to see u back tho ponting if u want... even bresnan gets you out for fun nowadays..

Posted by Dashgar on (June 2, 2013, 4:26 GMT)

Hopefully Ponting still has a few years of First Class cricket in him to reach 100 centuries. Only 19 to go.

Posted by Mitty2 on (June 2, 2013, 3:43 GMT)

Well done punter. Please don't come back for the ashes though as some are suggesting... It would be a blemish to play in a likely fourth ashes defeat in an otherwise brilliant career (not to mention yet another blemish on the state of Australian cricket). People complain about hussey's retirement being of selfishness, well for what he as punter have done for Australian cricket they have every right to be.

As someone said before... With the way punter is ripping up domestic cricket, could he reach a magical 100 FC tons?

Posted by farkin on (June 2, 2013, 3:09 GMT)

if ponting is in the form of his life why cant he make runs in t20 ?

Posted by nzcricket174 on (June 2, 2013, 1:29 GMT)

3rd test they need to recall him Alfie Langer style.

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (June 2, 2013, 0:58 GMT)

Ponting is in the form of his life and should be in the Ashes squad.

Posted by Chris_P on (June 1, 2013, 21:10 GMT)

Good stuff to see Punter carry over his shield form. From all reports he was a great mentor for the young Tassie batsmen so hopefully, the youngsters in Surrey may also get the same benefit.

Posted by hedleyvertiyisgod on (June 1, 2013, 20:56 GMT)

Anyone with a sense of history should go and see him bat. Wonderful player and great team man. Hope those Surrey lads learn from him

Posted by Stumay on (June 1, 2013, 20:45 GMT)

Well done, Mr. Ponting and welcome to Surrey. 81 First-class tons now. Maybe, just maybe there's 100 on offer for you?

Posted by hhillbumper on (June 1, 2013, 20:30 GMT)

derbyshires bowling is not the strongest in the county game.I mean come on Surrey got some runs

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (June 1, 2013, 19:35 GMT)

An IPL championship with the Mumbai Indians, and now the Punter is back doing what he loves best; putting hapless English bowlers to the sword in their own conditions. Begs the question, whether he will make a U-turn to wear the Baggy Green again this Ashes. Apparently, the answer is no. If Tendulkar can play past 40, so can Ponting. It's all in the mind. Well done Punter.

Posted by willsrustynuts on (June 1, 2013, 19:31 GMT)

Ricky should be pointing at the other cheek, you know the one that Harmison left his calling card on... wasn't he an English bowler?

Posted by Surajdon9 on (June 1, 2013, 19:22 GMT)

Just Love you Punter.Impressive brilliant Inning awesome.we want punter back for Ashes...

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