Australia in South Africa 2011-12 November 7, 2011

I don't see a finish line yet - Ponting

Ricky Ponting says he's been batting well in the nets but that hasn't translated into runs in the middle yet
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During his worst slump, Greg Chappell famously said he wasn't batting badly, he was just getting out. Ricky Ponting has taken that sentiment to a new level, declaring himself to be batting the best he has in two years. He just doesn't have the scores to show for it.

Ponting enters the first Test in Cape Town under pressure. Last time he was preparing for a Newlands Test, in early 2009, he was the captain, his side had already won the series and retained the No. 1 Test ranking, and he had made three Test centuries in the previous 12 months.

Now Ponting has given up the leadership, has been demoted to No. 4, and he has one international hundred in his past 53 innings. That century came in the World Cup quarter-final loss to India; he hasn't scored a Test ton since his 209 in Hobart nearly two years ago, when Mohammad Amir dropped a sitter off Ponting before he had scored.

No batsman can afford this kind of trough, least of all a man who turns 37 next month. Few players have returned from lean periods at that age. The selection panel is being rebuilt from the ground up and John Inverarity's new group might wonder about the wisdom of the mid-year decision to keep Ponting but axe Simon Katich.

Katich, Ponting and Michael Hussey were all in the 35-plus age bracket and a succession plan was required. Hussey was in the best form of the three, Ponting had earned some latitude, and Phillip Hughes was ready to step into Katich's role. Now Usman Khawaja is hovering on the sidelines. But if he's expecting Ponting to walk away, he could be waiting for some time.

This summer's home series against India seems the logical occasion for a Ponting farewell, but he has still not ruled out trying for the 2013 Ashes. To reach that goal he would need to regain his best form. A murderous, flat pull for six off the young fast bowler Marchant de Lange in last week's tour match was a hint of such form, but was offset by a lacklustre clip down mid-on's throat off Robin Peterson's spin.

"I honestly don't think I'm far away [from my best]," Ponting said in the lead-up to the Newlands Test. "I had probably a couple of the best training sessions I've had down in Potch. I spent day two in the nets against our bowlers and that was the best I've batted in and out of games for a couple of years.

"At the end of the day, we're judged on our performances in the middle and how many runs we score and I probably let a couple of good opportunities slip in Sri Lanka. Forty-odd in the first Test and another 40 in the first innings of the second Test, if you convert those scores and they become big scores, you feel better about yourself but you get a few people off your back as well."

The trouble for Ponting is that he isn't converting those starts, while younger men are. The new No. 3, Shaun Marsh, scored a century on debut against Sri Lanka and 81 in his second Test, as well as a pair of half-centuries in the warm-up game in Potchefstroom. Hughes made 126 in his last Test innings.

The selectors will see those returns and wonder what other fresh blood could be introduced into Michael Clarke's side. There needs to be a Ricky Ponting succession plan, but it's not something the man himself is considering.

"I don't see a finish line yet and I think it's really important for me that I don't look at it that way," Ponting said. "Things haven't been as I would have liked for the last 12 months. I haven't scored a Test hundred in that period of time. I want to make sure that I'm getting back to playing somewhere near my best cricket. If I can do that then who knows, the Ashes mightn't be out of the question. My destiny lies in my hands, really. I'm enjoying the game and the challenge as much as ever."

If he fails to have an impact in these two Tests, that might change. He may be batting well in the nets, but runs on the board are all that matters. And Ponting's are gradually running out.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Bazman on November 10, 2011, 20:58 GMT

    A lot of people talk up ponting as one of the greatest batsmen ever. When in his prime, he had a heap of other great Ozzie batsmen scoring runs constantly at the other end as well. Take away those other batsmen over the last few years and what do we get. Take away the Waugh, Hayden, Langer, Gilchrist etc etc, and all of a sudden he is no longer great. Brian Lara had to bat in an inferior team for his whole career, with people constantly falling at the other end. If Lara was batting in the Oz or Indian team, there would have been all sorts of records added to the already great list he has. Ponting was a good batsmen a few years ago, but time to retire before he is pushed.

  • on November 10, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    RandyOZ : Once I went to the stadium to see the Aussie side bat in Bangalore Test "the second greatest batsman" just could not play spin at all !!

    The Green-Track-bully displayed a poor technique against quality Spin!

  • zico123 on November 10, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    2 more failures, how long Ponting can be selfish and carry on, it is more than 2 years now that he is a burden, liability in the side, no wonder why Australia is ranked 4-5

  • on November 10, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    Good news Ponting, Australia isn't touring India any time soon.

  • TheOnlyEmperor on November 10, 2011, 9:45 GMT

    Jesse Owens was a truly great during his time, but would have sucked if he had competed with Usain Bolt. Bradman was no great shakes. Even in his last series where she scored about 500, he was only number 3 on the aggregate list for the series. There's no saying that a 800 m runner can run the marathon let alone be competitive. No reason to believe Bradman would have kept up the high averages. Even Ponting from a high of 57 is sub 53 in Test average as I write. One cannot truncate and look at a marathon runner's performance in 800m sections and compare with a 800m runner. When stats get abused, the fools can seldom tell the difference. Sachin didn't score a century in his first 89 innings. Imagine judging him based on that section of his career! With 99 centuries compared to his closest rival's 69 in the same competitive era as Lara, Kallis, Dravid, Ponting and others, Sachin has shown why is the greatest. Yeah, 99 is far superior to a 29 even down-under!

  • Meety on November 10, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    @RandyOZ - there is an article on cricinfo trying to see who else had as good a 52 test sequence as the Don. The name that tops the list is no surprise - Ponting! Whilst I actually believe there have been better batsmen than Punter, I have long maintained that his form burst (2002-2006), was the greatest non-Bradman burst ever. (Hussey not far behind) It is now statistically proven - the funny thing is reading all the Indian Princesses that can't hack stats that don't have a certain somebody #1! LOL! IMO - Greg Chappell was Oz 2nd best batsmen, & I also believe that Border's runs had a lot more merit. Obviously none of them could turn a Test match into an almost ODI-like batting clinic like Punter. The only player in the world who could ever be said to play the on-side cross bat shots about as good as Sir Viv!

  • on November 10, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    @ Karthik Raja, Yes cricket is a team game I know it like you. The only thing I was trying to say that Sachin Tendulkar is a great great cricketer and he deserved more from Indian supporters. They way they demand him making century is every inning is ridiculous. It is the media and crazy Indian supporters that put too much pressure on him. After all he is a human and the amount of pressure Sachin is bearing since he started to play cricket is very difficult to describe. Yes he did not get support from other side on occasions, but when he hangs up his boot eventually he will realize that he could have done little more than what he had done for his country.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 9, 2011, 23:32 GMT

    Hope he goes out on a high. It's heart breaking to see a Legend struggle and suffer like this. May not be the nicest of persons around, but he surely mesmerised many a soul with his priceless and jaw-dropping knocks. Hope he goes out on a high. Hope the Aussie selectors give him a chance to go out on a high. After all, he has done so much for his team, both as a player and as a Captain. Hope they don't treat him like they treated Steve Waugh.

  • Meety on November 9, 2011, 23:08 GMT

    @ zenboomerang - my previous post got lost! My point was in reference to the last 2 years - Oz has played twice as many tests as the Saffas. I am well aware of the Saffas isolation for 20yrs.

  • RandyOZ on November 9, 2011, 22:14 GMT

    Punter, the second greatest batsmen of all time.

  • Bazman on November 10, 2011, 20:58 GMT

    A lot of people talk up ponting as one of the greatest batsmen ever. When in his prime, he had a heap of other great Ozzie batsmen scoring runs constantly at the other end as well. Take away those other batsmen over the last few years and what do we get. Take away the Waugh, Hayden, Langer, Gilchrist etc etc, and all of a sudden he is no longer great. Brian Lara had to bat in an inferior team for his whole career, with people constantly falling at the other end. If Lara was batting in the Oz or Indian team, there would have been all sorts of records added to the already great list he has. Ponting was a good batsmen a few years ago, but time to retire before he is pushed.

  • on November 10, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    RandyOZ : Once I went to the stadium to see the Aussie side bat in Bangalore Test "the second greatest batsman" just could not play spin at all !!

    The Green-Track-bully displayed a poor technique against quality Spin!

  • zico123 on November 10, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    2 more failures, how long Ponting can be selfish and carry on, it is more than 2 years now that he is a burden, liability in the side, no wonder why Australia is ranked 4-5

  • on November 10, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    Good news Ponting, Australia isn't touring India any time soon.

  • TheOnlyEmperor on November 10, 2011, 9:45 GMT

    Jesse Owens was a truly great during his time, but would have sucked if he had competed with Usain Bolt. Bradman was no great shakes. Even in his last series where she scored about 500, he was only number 3 on the aggregate list for the series. There's no saying that a 800 m runner can run the marathon let alone be competitive. No reason to believe Bradman would have kept up the high averages. Even Ponting from a high of 57 is sub 53 in Test average as I write. One cannot truncate and look at a marathon runner's performance in 800m sections and compare with a 800m runner. When stats get abused, the fools can seldom tell the difference. Sachin didn't score a century in his first 89 innings. Imagine judging him based on that section of his career! With 99 centuries compared to his closest rival's 69 in the same competitive era as Lara, Kallis, Dravid, Ponting and others, Sachin has shown why is the greatest. Yeah, 99 is far superior to a 29 even down-under!

  • Meety on November 10, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    @RandyOZ - there is an article on cricinfo trying to see who else had as good a 52 test sequence as the Don. The name that tops the list is no surprise - Ponting! Whilst I actually believe there have been better batsmen than Punter, I have long maintained that his form burst (2002-2006), was the greatest non-Bradman burst ever. (Hussey not far behind) It is now statistically proven - the funny thing is reading all the Indian Princesses that can't hack stats that don't have a certain somebody #1! LOL! IMO - Greg Chappell was Oz 2nd best batsmen, & I also believe that Border's runs had a lot more merit. Obviously none of them could turn a Test match into an almost ODI-like batting clinic like Punter. The only player in the world who could ever be said to play the on-side cross bat shots about as good as Sir Viv!

  • on November 10, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    @ Karthik Raja, Yes cricket is a team game I know it like you. The only thing I was trying to say that Sachin Tendulkar is a great great cricketer and he deserved more from Indian supporters. They way they demand him making century is every inning is ridiculous. It is the media and crazy Indian supporters that put too much pressure on him. After all he is a human and the amount of pressure Sachin is bearing since he started to play cricket is very difficult to describe. Yes he did not get support from other side on occasions, but when he hangs up his boot eventually he will realize that he could have done little more than what he had done for his country.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 9, 2011, 23:32 GMT

    Hope he goes out on a high. It's heart breaking to see a Legend struggle and suffer like this. May not be the nicest of persons around, but he surely mesmerised many a soul with his priceless and jaw-dropping knocks. Hope he goes out on a high. Hope the Aussie selectors give him a chance to go out on a high. After all, he has done so much for his team, both as a player and as a Captain. Hope they don't treat him like they treated Steve Waugh.

  • Meety on November 9, 2011, 23:08 GMT

    @ zenboomerang - my previous post got lost! My point was in reference to the last 2 years - Oz has played twice as many tests as the Saffas. I am well aware of the Saffas isolation for 20yrs.

  • RandyOZ on November 9, 2011, 22:14 GMT

    Punter, the second greatest batsmen of all time.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 9, 2011, 22:03 GMT

    Hope he goes out on a high. It's heart breaking to see a Legend struggle and suffer like this. May not be the nicest of persons around, but he surely mesmerised many a soul with his priceless and jaw-dropping knocks. Hope he goes out on a high. Hope the Aussie selectors give him a chance to go out on a high. After all, he has done so much for his team, both as a player and as a Captain. Hope they don't treat him like they treated Steve Waugh.

  • BravoBravo on November 9, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    A match winner is always rated higher than anyother player. Ponting has a record of winning 100 test matches which no one could take from him for ever. Beating his record of 100 wins is impossible, I don't think anyone will ever come closer to that colossal achievement. Having said that Mr. Ponting this is time for you to untie and hang your boots. Please consider retirement, and don't just play for scoring few more runs, just let other record holders score some more meaningless runs for a lost cause.

  • SBMURALI on November 9, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    @RandyOZ:yeah there were many legends in australian cricket and i accept that australia were a best cricket team in the last 15 years.thats all right but what i'm requesting u is dont add ricky in a list with sir don bradman. because Bradman played cricket for decade but ricky was better batsman only for 5-6 years. And sachin played for 23 years and still in a great form then why cant we compare him with great legends...? Can u tell me why ricky couldn't play to his best in indian subcontinent? Is Ricky's behaviors better than sachin? I think you might remember that Ricky was punished for his unfair activities on and off the ground.Dont comment blindly

  • on November 9, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    This article is about Ricky Ponting. I think that Ricky can rediscover some form and do well against the South Africans. I just takes one century to do so. Australia should have a man like Ponting in the batting lineup for at least a season or two for a smooth transition of the young brigade. When India visits Australia, it could represent the last clash between the real giants of the game, Tendulkar and Ponting. By the way, despite some people saying that Lara wasn't consistent, do they know that Lara averaged 91 runs/match when he played test cricket, more than all the other present greats?

  • on November 9, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    @Shahed Ahmed.. Matches r won by bowlers and not batsman. Its fair to say that many of Sachin's centuries went in vain coz of no backup available. The match winning Innings frm other batsman which u could list here, for sure will have a greater support frm their team mates than the centuries scored by Sachin in losing cause. I am sure u looking only @ centuries whn u say abt match winning Innings.. y look that way..?? Even, Today's 76 is definitely a match winning one.. And there r huge lot of such innings frm Sachin. If a player scores tons and tons of runs and still the team couldn't win, thn there is seriously wrong wid the team and not wid d player. Any1 who knows little abt cricket will accept this.. Coz, cricket is a Team game..

  • on November 9, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    Punter will be back in his prime form with just a good inning in tests where he gets to spend time in the middle. He is a great icon of the game and there should be no questions upon his abilities. We all are well aware of what he can do when he's at his best. It's just a matter of time that he regains form and get over that bad slump n rock again with his willow. He's a gem of a player and we shouldn't comment upon he should retire or not. He knows his game very well and has more knowledge than anyone of us here. Whenever he feels that it's time to quit, he would surely do it. But until then lets hope that his bat roars once again like it used to do before. He says that he's batting like a champion in the middle but it just that he's unable to convert those starts to a good one. Well it's just a matter of one inning and then everything turns gold for him. Go Ricky! We Love You! :)

  • on November 9, 2011, 4:22 GMT

    I still believe if we consider all factors sachin is the best Lara second and then Ricky. But dude I still think sachin tendulkar did not fulfil his potential! Right now he should have at least two triple centuries, ten double centuries and at least 18000 runs in test cricket. Due to his enormous talent he should not be happy for what he got. It does not matter if he get 100 centuries or not he should have gotten more match winning innings. But you know what I still love to watch this man mor often than some other dumb stupid batsman like kallis (too boring) and some other batsman who love play their home condition than tough away condition. Please don't bring sachin all articles that are not about him. I love him, but I am not an ideologue like some my Indian friends.

  • on November 9, 2011, 3:20 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 : When someone comes second, it becomes his curse that there can be no discussion about him without discussing about who came first. Thats the curse of Ponting. Whenever his stats and achievements would be discussed, Tendulkar's stats and achievements would automatically come into picture. Similar to what Bradman did to Hammond.

  • zenboomerang on November 9, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    @Meety... SA didn't play international cricket from 1970 to 1991... missed out on a lot of games... your point?...

  • RandyOZ on November 9, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    LOL @ Indian and English fans (as per usual) clutching at straws! You want records: Australia: the greatest cricketing nation of ALL time. More wins, highest average, most ashes, best record overseas, best record at home, 99.94, most world cups, best winning steak (on multiple occassions), GREATEST players of all time, the list goes on. We only care about winning for Aus, not like Sachin chasing individual glory (and even then he is still worse then Bradman, Punter, Lara, Hussey). All this and we have at least one third the population of England. No wonder you guys try and claim so much, your both rubbish at cricket compared to the mighty AUSTRALIA!!!!

  • zenboomerang on November 9, 2011, 2:54 GMT

    @sachin_vvsfan... "Why is it that AUS plays relatively less games against SA?"... CA wanted to play more but SA board didn't... it may be political as well...

  • zenboomerang on November 9, 2011, 2:48 GMT

    @Gordo85... are you from Oz... your comment "no more New South Wales players to replace them or I will keep on my ways of not supporting the team" - is totally weird... me - schooled in 5 Oz states & worked in all of them... love following teams all over the country from every State in many sports... NSW has 1/3 of population & superior local comp (followed by Vic)... Big problem... every State has had NSW players in them because they cannot get a go in Sydney... Time to break up SS & give NSW & Vic 2 teams each... & I don't live in either atm... & or invite NZ to bring in 2 or 3 teams like rugby, rugby league, netball...

  • IndianaJones79 on November 9, 2011, 2:47 GMT

    @Metty, Win ratio was not because of pointing, it was because of team...please dont come up with anything

  • IndianaJones79 on November 9, 2011, 2:45 GMT

    @Shahed Ahmed..Ricky was awesome from 2003 to 2007..What about 1995 to 2002 and 2007 to 2011? Where Tendulkar(Overcoming injury) and Lara were brilliant against better bowling attacks? Greatness should be measured from Guy who scored runs consistently all over the world(Dominating) for 20 years...Ricky is Legend, but he is better than Lara and Tendulkar because he was better for 5 years? what about 15 years?

  • virology on November 9, 2011, 2:15 GMT

    To all the fans of Sachin, Please do not drag his name to every topic. The artcle is about Ricky and please comment about Ricky future

  • Meety on November 9, 2011, 0:46 GMT

    @ bookie7600 - just sick to death of SRT beeing dragged into any debate whether topical or not. Most non-Indians & quite a few Indians are sick of it as well. It actually polarises people on the topic of Sachin, doing him a massive disservice. Anyways Lara is way better! @TheOnlyEmperor 99.94, 99.94, 99.94, 99.94, 99.94!!!!!!!! SRT < the Don! LOL! 1 Billion peolpe & win/loss of .76 versus 20 million people win/loss 1.78, I'm right you're wrong! @5wombats - yes the teenagers are out in force! @sachin_vvsfan - my comment was based on history of Tests, Oz play more tests than the Saffas - it's fact! @Shahed Ahmed - (I think you seem a fair bloke) - for what its worth I actually do believe that SRT is the best of the modern era. I admired the way he has adapted his games to iron out his weaknesses. That 200 at the SCG where he didn't play a cover drive the whole innings was testimony to his willpower. But man some of his fans do him a massive disservice!!!!!

  • on November 8, 2011, 23:40 GMT

    @ Indianajones, listen my friend sachin tendulkar and Brian Lara are two of my altime favorite batsman, no questions about it. Yes cricket is not about fast bowling, it also includes spin bowling, great fielding. I am not denying that sachin and Lara are better accomplished batsman than ricky in terms of playing both spin and fas bowling. Rick had some problems facing quality spin bowling. However, you can not denying that the way Ricky dominated the fast bowling during 2002-2005, did brian Lara or sachin tendulkar ever did in a specific period? Personally I don't like Ricky ponting because of his behavioral issues and some other things. But the fact is fact. Look at sachin and laras record in ODI cricket in the Australia and south Africa and compare it to ponting. Although sachin has over 18000 runs ins ODI cricket, but how many he scored against Australia and south Africa in their own backward? His most runs come from Asian pitches. Lara was very very inconsistent, can you deny that

  • IndianaJones79 on November 8, 2011, 20:33 GMT

    @ Shahed Ahmed..also to remind you, Cricket only does not have fast bowling, they have spin bowling also..Thats what makes Sachin/Lara best as they played both bowling commendably...

  • on November 8, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    I am a great fan of Tendulkar and I have been following him since 1996 world cup. He I. Great great cricketer no question about it. But the problem is Indian audience are so sachin oriented that even you read. Article abou any cricketer they will bring him in discussion. Let me say a fair thing, Ricky pointing is a much beter batsman against fast, bouncy pitches concern. The way he scored runs during 2002-06 period, no other modern batsman hav eve done that against some quality bowling of south Africa. Sachin struggled against pollock, Donald, and McGrath. He nevervdominated great south African attack andonlybdid well against Aussies when McGrath was not there. He is great cricketer but I think he is not up there with Lara, pointing, or even Dravidian in terms of fast bowling concern. England bowlers ridiculed him in the last summer. Among the greats, sachin is th worst batsman against fast bowlin in fast pitches. I can bet nobody has seen tendulkar more than I did and he is my fav bat

  • 5wombats on November 8, 2011, 19:18 GMT

    LOL @sachin_vvsfan. Missed the wombats did you!? Wish they could say the same for you. Glad to see the back of you to be quite honest :). One thing they would say @sachin_vvsfan - can England play india every Summer please? This article is about Ponting, not someone else. Now cricinfo readers know what the wombats think of our Ricky, so no repeats. But - Ponting has been fantastic for Australia. All 5 (yes, ALL 5!!) wombats have had to stand and applaud him getting hundreds more times than they would like here and in Aus. That's the strength of the cussed man. He was a run machine for Australia. His shocking tantrums do him and the game a grave disservice, but boy could he score runs. Thing is - he's done; England shreaded him in Australia 2010 and he's still got the scars Harmison gave him in 2005. He's going to be making a huge mistake if he comes back to England for one last hurrah. I remember what a laughing stock Grandma Gooch & Grandpa Gatting were in 1994/5. I was there. Ouch!

  • IndianaJones79 on November 8, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    even cricinfo pay homage to Tendulkar/Gilchrist by showing their best performances on their home pages, not pointings..so Let's talk only about pointing only

  • IndianaJones79 on November 8, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    Pointing can not score on Flat tracks of india..You can not even compare him against Flat track bully:)

  • IndianaJones79 on November 8, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    Not sure Aussies comment on Sachin, when article is on Ricky...Here is the comparison. Pointing India averages 26.48 and that is inflated by 123 he made last time. His away average is 48, home averages is 57. Tendulkar's average is 56 both home/away. Who is home bully? Pointing can not even play on flat tracks..are you sure this is the best you have got??????

    Also those who says sachin makes useless runs, i will provide you so many innings(ODI/Tests), where he played under pressure and won games. Before that please provide me single inning pointing have played where he one single handily, in last inning(Without anybody's support , and finish off game).

    The guy can not play spin/high quality swing. no doubt he is legend, but please dont compare against Tendulkar/Lara.

    5 years of superstar performance can not make him best in world. Respect non aussie legends also. If you legend can not score run, it's not other's fault(He is not making runs since 2007)

  • bumsonseats on November 8, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    im just thinking maybe he wants to go out on the back of an ashes defeat. hes had 3 as captain, which looks good on his cv. but never as just a player, so that can make interesting reading for the next 100 years as the only one to do it. im joking as a batter he has been one of the aussies best if not the best. dpk

  • SnowSnake on November 8, 2011, 16:34 GMT

    May be Chappell or Ponting don't see what I see and that is Ponting is batting very poorly for last two years. As for comeback, it is not going to happen because there is not much time left. If Ponting was 28 then I can see the time for comeback. Ponting was only good between 2004-2007. During that time, he was exceptional. The best the world had ever seen and then it was all gone-- just like that.

  • on November 8, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    ponting is gonna rock SA...

  • natmastak_so-called on November 8, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    TO ALL THOSE, WHO SAY SACHIN CHASES RECORDS, CAN YOU ENLIGHTEN ME WITH YOUR KNOWLEDGE,WHY ON EARTH IS PUNTER PLAYING WITH SUCH DEADLY FORM SINCE 2008? "".IN THIS PERIOD HIS AVG IS EQUAL TO VETTORI'S FOR THAT PERIOD.""

  • zico123 on November 8, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    mind you had selectors not put pressure on him, he would have never quit captaincy and would have kept losing matches and still would have kept saying that he has lot to offer as leader. samething... selectors have to take the harsh call, he won't walk away, never mind he passed his prime more than 2 years back

  • zico123 on November 8, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    ofcourse he can't see a finish line, because he has passed it 2 years back, i wonder why Australia still persist with this very old horse, he may get odd 50 or 70 here n there, but he has long past his prime, he is occupying place of a rising young talent, he is not a guy who will walk off on his own, selectors would have to take the harsh call

  • SBMURALI on November 8, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    @RandyOZ: Sachin scored 17 centuries in SA,AUS,WI,NZ and England.I hope u cant find a very flat track and rubber ball bouncy pitches in those countries.I think its enough to prove that he plays in all kind of wicket. He scored 13 2nd innings tons out of those for 7 times he atleast managed to save the test. he scored 20 match winning tons,20 match saving tons. Yeah, winning ratio is poor because of the teams performance was poor in the past. And finally He scored 29 tons in other than india. BUt Ricky used the home for making 22 tons.Surprisingly he made only 5 tons in sub continent. This proves that Ricky always require a bouncy seaming wicket to score a ton. He fails in turning and low bounce wicket.He doesn't suit for all kind of wicket. Every seaming track will be good for batting around 3rd and 4th day of play this is why he scored more tons in 2nd innings.

  • on November 8, 2011, 15:04 GMT

    ponting should play till 2013 ashes ...gr8 player

  • bapiojah on November 8, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    Ponting..only player to have been part of 100 victories...End of Debate...

  • SBMURALI on November 8, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    @ozziefan08: Ricky wont retire after ind-aus series because he will be thrown out after SA tour. How do u say dravid, sachin and vvs will quit after that?. They are in good form,sachin-5,dravid-10and vvs-17 in ICC batting rankings. Why should they retire?. But ricky-32 far far away

  • SBMURALI on November 8, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    australia should not have selected players for SA test tour by seeing their reputation if they really trying to get back to top spot. Ponting will definitely be a negative in the middle order. No.3 and No.4 are very important batting spots. Performance is more important than reputation

  • on November 8, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    guys don't you think that cricket has really got boring after the greats have retired, if we see since 2008, lot of greats have retired and no team has great names. the present is that the death of cricket is no sooner than later,,, the main problem is with the pitches ..the no cricket pitches...... if you see indian team they can only bat on flat pitches if they go abroad they look fragile and back at home they make only pitches that are turning and suits them...its such a shame to be in thi era of cricket..i have seen some great victories from aussies and started watching teat cricket because of australians...

  • maverick_ind on November 8, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    ponting has always been a great player!!! up there with tendulkar and lara. hope he strikes a purple patch. lets have a showdown between him and tendulkar in the upcoming series!!! in the end, we all want good exciting cricket! i would love to see both of them give their best, earn each others respect again and shut up some of the silly comments coming up here!

  • red000 on November 8, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    @ausfans u guys bring tendulkar into the dicussion when article was about ponting..this tells u guys want ponting to continue only to break tendulkars record...end of discussion

    And tendulkar was always consistent in his gr8 carrier..and this point of time he is playing better than ever..apart from england series...and ponting is struggling with form for solong...ponting is a gr8 batsmen..noone can deney it..but criticize sachin and redicule what he has done for cricket..is utter foolishness..He has played with billion pple expectations throughout his carrier..and saying that he dont play well under pressure is utter nonsence...the guy averages 56 .. after having long carrier....sachin is god of cricket...ponting is legend

  • arvnd on November 8, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    he dusin c de end line....coz he crossed it long back :))) was de best wen at his peak...nd he's got noth'n mor to prove...unlyk sachin,hussey or dravid...his form has been pathetic de last cupl of years...mayb he ought to cal it quits.

  • on November 8, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    period between 1999 to around 2005 was his best period as batsmen.that time apart from dravid no was playing like ponting did.except in india he scored everywhere..he is great player but since last 3 years it looks like he is just going thru motions..time to retire ..still he can play ipl..i still feel he hasnt cracked t20 format....

  • sunny1307 on November 8, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    Saw someone state in their comment that Sachin has won India more games than punter has won for oz.That has to be the joke of the century.Wait and watch fellas,punter is gonna do lot of damage to Indians this summer.

  • sachin_vvsfan on November 8, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    Welcome @5wombats . We missed You :) @Meety "That is why Oz is both the best Test Nation & ODI Nation at winning - EVER! India will never match it - even with 10 BILLION people," Now feel the wrath of wombats.AUS is not the best test nation at the moment.:) I wont bring stats/records here as i too am tired of hearing those. But your about those 10 Billion people , we have our share of problems with 1.2 billion and cannot imagine what sort of problems we could get with 10 billion. Back to Cricket. Why is it that AUS plays relatively less games against SA?

  • ozziefan08 on November 8, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    The home series against India will be his last. A farewell tour around the country is what he deserves. As for Tendulkar Darvid and Laxman it will be their last series too.

  • katwash on November 8, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    @TheOnlyEmperor "Sachin Superior to Bradman. End of argument!" May I suggest that your bias has overtaken your rational thinking. I stand corrected, but I suspect you neversaw Bradman bat at Test level. Last time I checked Sachin had a batting average in the 50s, similar to other great batsmen present and past. To even compare Sachin to Sir Don is not only laughable, but unfair to the memory of one of the greatest sportsman of all time.

  • Gordo85 on November 8, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    All I can say here about this topic is sometimes people need a bit of a shove. If a person doesn't want to go and he doesn't do very well then it is not really the best thing for the team. A time will come when the likes of Hussey and Ponting will not be around and thus they need to start looking for players who can possibly replace them like for eg Mark Cosgrove and Callum Ferguson for instance but please no more New South Wales players to replace them or I will keep on my ways of not supporting the team 12 years is a long time since I stopped going for them as a Team.

  • timtom on November 8, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    @Alexk400 : Please enlighten others by bringing more such truths abt Ricky and sachin... As far as I know Ricky as a leader and batman has lot of thing to gloat about - after 2007 bought Aus from test NO 1 to Test NO 5 and gave away captaincy (never went beyound NO3 since test cricket was born) - Lost ashes twice (once at home) - Lost WC in quaterfinal (atlease semi in all previous WC) - Not supporting reasonable talents (ex. Nathan hauritz.) - Fnally no runs...Literally dried up... WHat really matters !!!!!

    We all know what he was before that.. Leader in a pack of wolves...always attacking...Not after 2007

    He has no leadership qaulity whatso ever.. else it was the right time to groom youngsters AUS and take them to next level..

    Dont have to look anywhere lese.. DHONI around the same period took over captaincy of INDIA and see the results. T20 WC, 2 IPLS, 1 CL20, TEST NO1 , one day WC - WIth different team for each !!!!!! -True leader

  • on November 8, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    Sundar Iyer... 2 centuries in a test thrice. make it 6... so out of 40 he has scored 6 in 3 tests. his Flop ratio seems to be very high!!!! 34 hundreds...in rest of 151 tests.. not a sign of greatness!!!!

  • 5wombats on November 8, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    @RandyOZ - you're new here, I know, but you've GOT to be joking; "Ponting actually wins matches for Oz". You have got your tenses mixed up; you seem to be talking in the present tense! Also, nice to see so many friendly and informed comments from india fans and that those lovely conversations between india and Australia fans, which have been such a lively and entertaining feature of cricinfo in the past, beginning to develop again. @Meety & Co - England fans have had 6 months of it. Now it's your turn!

  • on November 8, 2011, 9:21 GMT

    Under pressure- Ponting is the man! Was the man, is the man! but as most of u guys pointed out you can;t keep him quite for too long. I am sure he is going to show some class before his time fizzes out... I'll never forget the centuries he made in both innings that won the test in Sydney in 2006 against SA. Speaking of centuries in both innings, he is the only one apart from Gavaskar to do it 3 times. and @Meety couldn;t agree more with you mate- teh zeal to win drove his success not the zeal to chase records! Unlike some(not naming anyone-ha ha) who probably have at times chased records for the desire of attaining legendary status. AND the thing to remember is that records are made to be broken... records will be always broken.... so no matter what reocrds u have it'll one day be broken....

  • stormy16 on November 8, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    In my books SL was the point of no return for punter but thankfully Aus won the series so he has now got what is surely his final lifeline. You cannot just keep a guy in the side for this long without runs no matter what his record is. Haddin is another in the same boat and alot of you suggest Johnson but I dont think so. frustrating as Mitch is he still gets wickets and still has the potential to be a star.

  • on November 8, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    Fame, Money and limelight determine the last days of great players. Best example is Kapil Dev and Ravi Shastri. They didnt want to retire unless they were shown the door. Best are the Aussies like Gilchrist, Hayden, Warne, Greg Chappel and many more who retired on the right time. The time for punter is still there but Sachin Tendulkar has already crossed the finishing line and still running. Even Gavaskar is remembered because he retired on a high like Srinath, Kumble, Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis. I am sure that Dravid will end on a high note and not Sachin because pride is permanent and Fame/Money is temporary.

  • on November 8, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    @RandyOZ. Ponting has had the support of other great batsmen, and more importantly, great bowlers to win matches. He made a great century in the WC quarter finals against India but thats hardly remembered by anyone because he didn't get support this time and Australia lost. This is what Tendulkar has faced for more than 75% of his career. Who can forget Australia's tour of India in 2001 when Ponting looked like he doesn't know how to bat. Tendulkar has never faced such humiliation in his career on any track. Ponting needs to prove himself on spinning tracks before he can even be compared to Tendulkar.

  • on November 8, 2011, 8:52 GMT

    @meety what about winning in asia??? check it Aus winning% in asia is very low. TENDULKAR HAS A VERY GOOD AVG. IN WINS, PONTING MADE 242 AT ADELAIDE 2003, 100 AND 99 AT MCG 2008 IN LOSSES, THE WC QF AS WELL , PONTING HAS ALSO LOST MATCHES.

  • rahulcricket007 on November 8, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    PLEASE DON'T BRING TENDULKAR INTO DISCUSSION HERE . I M SICK OF IT .THIS ARTICLE IS ABOUT PONTING NOT TENDULKAR .

  • TheOnlyEmperor on November 8, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    @Meety: "India will never match it - even with 10 BILLION people" This is the typical Ozzy talk which one often comes across with distaste.

    " unless they get over their records fixation. Fact - SRT/Dravid/Gavaskar/Kallis/Lara/Border & Punter would NEVER have the most runs or centuries records if Bradman had of played 150 tests. The only stat other than winning for most Ozzy fans & players that is worth anything is 99.94!!!! "

    - Look who is getting fixated on a stat that's not even a record! =============

    All sportmen take pride in their world records. The fact that Sachin has a HEAP of RECORDS across FORMATS in 58 DIFFERENT grounds over 20 years with COMPETETIVE teams with NEUTRAL umpires and TECHNOLOGY, at a time where players can use TECHNOLOGY to study a player's technique and flaws with a BILLION + expectations makes hin greater than Bradman! Sachin is thus SUPERIOR to Bradman. End of argument!

  • on November 8, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    Ponting has been playing without pressure most of his career. He is actually facing the pressure and comparison now. With Australian fans expectations high on him and his team in situation (still better than what India used to be in) his vulnerability is exposed. Its Australia and Chappels who dont want to waste talent....and they protecting Ponting while the same could ask to drop SRT...am not asking to drop Punter..he shld be thr atleast till India tour so tht he can atleast get some runs under his belt but sheer same to Chappals

  • yuio3456 on November 8, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    i wish ponting the best of luck for the upcoming series, and i hope he does well in the australian summer. if he does well then i dont see why he shouldnt play on. but i believe ponting will know himself when his time is up, whether it be a high or low.

  • on November 8, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    Ponting definitely has the class and experience to come out of the slump. And what better way to do it than against the best pace attack currently in international cricket - SA. I do hope it happens, and it will be rgeat to see him in action against India. That said, if he doesn't do well in SA, the India tour might well turn out to be his farewell series, a la Steve Waugh. I am hoping though that the script is different this time..

    Australia did the mistake of packing off Hayden in a hurry, but in this case, the slump is too prolonged for comfort, even for Ponting himself, and it will force the hand of selectors.

  • on November 8, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    he will break all test records surely punter he is class batsman he will over come all of this now iam sure he will be the man of the series

  • on November 8, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    Has anyone ever considered that these players simple love playing cricket and therefore don't want to retire? If Ponting loves it out in the middle then who are you to say he should retire?

    The most nonsensical thing to say is ''what is there left for him to do?''. There is cricket left in him, so LET HIM PLAY for goodness sake.

    And the Indian fans that (ALWAYS) bring Tendulkar into every discussion should know; The whole cricketing world is getting tired of you being so ridiculous. Yes, Sachin is one of the greatest batsmen of the modern era. BUT it's not like he is head and shoulders above everyone else. The only thing that sets his record apart is that he's played for so long - certainly an amazing feat, but you guys need to stop proclaiming that no-one else is up there with him.

  • stFleming on November 8, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    Aah i m the biggest Ponting fan in the world...I m very disappointed with his performance in the last 2 yrs in test cricket...He is unable to regain good form...But still i wish he scores huge amount of runs in South Africa...I never want him to retire at the moment...He should play at least till nxt year..He is a true Legend...He can overtake Sachin Tendulkar also if he regains his original form...He can bcome the highest run getter as well as highest century maker...

    Sachin only plays for himself and for his records...Else he would hv retire till now had he not played for himself...

  • ali00 on November 8, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    Go Punter and look for Jacuque Kallis. He is breaking your record and he scored 40 test centuries and you 39 and make it 40 test centuries. Good luck

  • Mary_786 on November 8, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    Its time for Ricky to retire and give the younger guys such as Khawaja, Warner and Forest a go, its selfish of him to continue when he has achieved everything in world cricket.

  • sachin_vvsfan on November 8, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    @psyclops222 agree with you. Any article about ponting sachin comes up nowhere. I think most of these indian fans are just teenagers who probably have not watched Ponting in 2005/2006. As a neutral i too have enjoyed watching him and would love to see him finish on high just like steve waugh.

    That said Its a SHAME that there are only two tests between SA and AUS in this series.

  • on November 8, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    i will have a ricky ponting in my test side anytime , anywhere!! form is temporary but class is forever.

  • BalaSenty on November 8, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    Hai Alexk400 you are definitely an Australian. I admit Ponting is a great batsmen but Sachin is greatest. He had saved India and scored under pressure recently except for recent England series. India have several batsmen who can play under pressure, great wall Dravid, ever reliable Laxman, so don't under estimate. If anyone do not score Hundred for past53 innings, the carrier would have been over in Indian selecion. So don't under estimate other great batsman.

  • SouthPaw on November 8, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    Everyone goes through a rough patch. Just because it has come on the back of over 25,000 international runs doesn't mean that he is past his prime. On the contrary, he should be given some space (and a lot of patience) to adjust to and settle into being a non-captain and his #4 spot.

  • Meety on November 8, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    @TheOnlyEmperor - what utter garbage mate! Neither Ponting or any other Ozzy play for anything other than to win! Punter will retire when he thinks he either has no more desire or ability to contribute to a win. Records are what drives Indian fans to commentate on these sites. They are secondary to primary task of winning. That is why Oz is both the best Test Nation & ODI Nation at winning - EVER! India will never match it - even with 10 BILLION people, unless they get over their records fixation. Fact - SRT/Dravid/Gavaskar/Kallis/Lara/Border & Punter would NEVER have the most runs or centuries records if Bradman had of played 150 tests. The only stat other than winning for most Ozzy fans & players that is worth anything is 99.94!!!!

  • on November 8, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    Ricky CAN come out of the slump at 37.. Sachin had a smiliar slump when he was 34-35 . Look at rahul dravid now.. 4 hundreds in the last 6 test matches. The only concern is whether Ponting's losing the ability to concentrate for long periods of time (thats essential if you are looking to hit a Test hundred) . Is it time to retire from ODIs Ricky ? Maybe. That will keep him fresher for the Tests....

    @ Chris McNally... LOL.. very true :P

  • VinodGupte on November 8, 2011, 6:29 GMT

    This could be Ponting's last chance. Hope he scores heavily in this series. If he does that against Steyn and Morkel (both among ICC top 10), his confidence will be sky-high and he will then do wonders against India. 1 century in 53 innings is very unbecoming of someone like him.

  • on November 8, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    For GOD sake, why everyone is after Ponting? I am a big pakistani fan of Tendulkar but why no one is after him? Ponting made his debut in 95 while Tendulkar in 89. Babies born in 89 are now doing jobs after completing their education. 3 of the current 11 (test match between windies and india,) west indian players were not even born when Tendulkar made his debut. So why no one is pointing his fingers to Tendulkar as well?

  • waq007 on November 8, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    now pointing should retire from international cricket he has already played his cricket

  • on November 8, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    Ricky Ponting, ICC Player of the Year - 2006,2007 ICC Test Player of the Year - 2003, 2004, 2006 One-Day International Player of the Year - 2002 Allan Border Medal - 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009 Wisden Cricketer of the Year - 2006 Cricinfo Player of the Decade - 2000-09

    Sachin hardly has 5 or 6 awards and for pls don't show run tally and centuries as achievements , most of them where in loosing cause.

  • Mitcher on November 8, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    The feverish, hysterical focus on individual records from the Indian fanboy community is a telling insight into the different approaches between Australian and Indian cricket. Despite the baseless claims ponting plays on to catch tendulkar's records it's much more likely he wants to be part of more victories for Australia. Much like in the past (3 consecutive world cups, endless Test wins etc). This is the motivation for Australian players. For the Indians the motivation seems to be personal glory. Hence, despite all the resources available to Indian cricket, the comparative lack of team success over the years. Would sachin trade the personal milestones for greater team success? If the answer is no then I guess he's as selfish as so many claim. I know who I'd rather have in my corner.

  • on November 8, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    @Alexk400 when were you born 2000???? cheap-talk about Sachin proves you have not seen him playing when India were 20/2 in every overseas test, even with Sehwag. Ponting never had that pressure till 2008, really you need see some highlights.

  • johnathonjosephs on November 8, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    Ponting needs to retire. I do not know what is up with people who retire when they are rock bottom at their career. Might as well retire when you start to peak down and know you will not rise back up instead of staying in denial. Strange case is Jayasuriya. He retired from Test Cricket at the right time (still in some form, but declining), but prolonged his ODI career for quite some time, even when he was in horrible form. Ponting needs to retire soon (not now, but soon since he has shown some form in Sri Lanka). Hopefully he can retire after the Ind/Sri/Aus tri series in Australia and go out with a bang. Another player who needs to retire soon is SRT. Ever since that Pakistan game in April, he has not been doing too well and has been after that elusive 100th ton. Not doing his averages a lot of good

  • zenboomerang on November 8, 2011, 5:54 GMT

    We can't live in the past... Pontings form slump in Tests goes back nearly 2 years ... he couldn't play Roach is WI series & Eng quicks blew him out of the water... Steyn & Morkel will do the same... Temperament poor... Smashing equipment in dressing room - arguing with umpires - sure sign of not handling the situation... Averaged 16 in 4 Tests @home against England last summer... since jan2007 (nearly 5 years) scored just 5 centuries... last jan2010 V Pak... Should retire after India series at home & give new player a series against NZ... Still a valuable ODI player though...

  • Farce-Follower on November 8, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    Indian Fans : Please comment on SRT in a different forum. This is about another legend. For heavens sake send in your godzillion comments when SRT says the same things.

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on November 8, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    Cricket is a team game and about winning. Ponting's 100 Test wins in 153 Tests is an amazing tribute to his effectiveness. Tendulkar's figures are something like 60 out of 180 I believe. In other words if India won the next 40 Test matches in a row he would still have taken 50 percent more matches to reach the century .

  • TheOnlyEmperor on November 8, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    I've read all the comments and I think some of the comments need to be seen in perspective. One has seen many an Oz-Eng commentator knocking performances of players from the subcontinent inorder to make their own look good. Murali has the best performance when it comes to number of 5 and 10 wicket hauls, not to mention the most Test wickets, but then the Oz-Eng combine will always list Warne above Murali. There's a many an Oz commentator who has commented that Ponting is better than Sachin in batting, because Ponting has won WCups for Oz. What has BATTING ABILITY got to do with winning WCs as captain? It's this line of argument that causes fans of other players to hit back. Cricinfo at least publishes diverse view points. The Oz and English websites don't publish anything critical of their heroes. Sachin is worthy of emulation indeed the way he has lengthened his career - while still maintaining his average and centuries through-put. There's a lesson there for all cricketers.

  • on November 8, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    Put David Warner in there

  • jonesy2 on November 8, 2011, 4:50 GMT

    in fact this cant of talk makes me angry, why do the media and many "supporters" feel its a good thing for players like ponting to go? once hes gone hes not coming back, the game is simply poorer without men like ponting and i for one hope that dravid, kallis, ponting, tendulkar, laxman, hussey, boucher, chanderpaul, and others can hang on for grim death until they literally cant pick up a cricket bat.

  • jonesy2 on November 8, 2011, 4:44 GMT

    why would ponting walk away? why would the greatest champion in test cricket history want to walk away? class of the level of his does not go just because you turn 37. he should work his way to finishing on a high, whether that comes next year hinges on many things.

  • bookie7600 on November 8, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    @Meety So who made you the judge here!! Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Although, I agree comparisons between Sachin and Ponting should not be made here as this article talks solely about Ponting's form. BTW Sachin is the last person who would put self before country so don't even start a new topic.

  • TheOnlyEmperor on November 8, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    What keeps the lesser mortals going but not to achieve greatness through records - the most centuries, the most runs, the most triples, etc. The number 2 and number 3 in the race for records will do their utmost to keep running till such time they think they can catch up with the front runner and the respective fans of all such players will keep cheering them on in this race. After the race with passage of time, everybody remembers the winner with the also rans hardly deserving a mention. History is written by victors and they are the one who get immortalised as legends. Nobody else gets that title. Ponting has fallen behind. If Dravid and Ponting were to play the same number of test innings from now on till retirement, Dravid would only pull away further from Ponting. In any case Ponting's records will be eclipsed eventually by Kallis and Sangakkara... 2 greats who barely get a mention from the Aus-Eng press and that doesn't quite surprise me...

  • Aussasinator on November 8, 2011, 4:23 GMT

    He doesnt see the finish line, but the Australian Cricket Board will show him the line now. Everyone cannot be wearing blinkers all tthe time for 3 years. He's devastating the Oz middle order performance and the side's run aggregate potential.

  • azzaman333 on November 8, 2011, 4:22 GMT

    In all honesty, this series should be the last chance for Ponting, Haddin and Johnson. Ponting and Johnson have been far from world class in recent times, and Haddin's never been a particularly good gloveman. Khawaja, Wade are the logical replacements for Ponting and Haddin, and any one of Copeland, Cummins, Pattinson, Herrick or Cutting could be considered as a replacement for Johnson. Why we persist with him when we have so much alternative fast bowling talent out there is baffling.

  • Nightwing32 on November 8, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    For all those that had said Ponting is not a good captain because he had McGrath and Warne should think. It is how you use the players that count.

    I mean if we go down that path, we should say that Cronje was not a good captain because he had Pollock and Donald to win matches as well as Kirsten, Kallis and Rhodes. You can also say the same for Richardson with the Windies in 1995 when they lost to Australia, they had Ambrose, Walsh, Lara and co.

    We can even say the same thing about Taylor and Waugh because they had star players.

    The point is being a captain is basically how you use your players in situations.

    Anyway on topic, I hope Ponting does well here. He has a great track record in South Africa and I hope he brings that form into Australia for NZ and India with the latter being a more measured 2003/04. Greatest Australian batsman since Bradman, we need to respect him more.

  • Alexk400 on November 8, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    Ponting is a great batsman. His runs are always ended with winning cause. ofcause batsman can't win test but we have seen many times when under pressure , he goes on attack and stablize the inning and bring the advantage to his team. Sachin is on the other hand shivers under pressures , he scores run when opposition completely not interested because game is going for meandering draw. Sachin also wants to be not out to keep average up. Sachin has useless stats for sure,.. Great run accumulator when there is no pressure. Ponting is still greatest batsman. I am indian i see the truth more than other indians. Ha.

  • MandyBoy on November 8, 2011, 3:27 GMT

    Ponting seems to be just dragging his career!!! Ppl who compare him with Tendulkar needs to rethink about the century differences and the consistency. At time pontings tally was 35 and Tendulkars tally was 39. But just check the stats now!!!! Also not to mention the peoples expectations from Tendulkar everytime he walks in to bat which ponting has never experienced! If Tendulkar would have been representing other country, God knows what his records would have been! its always easy to draw comparisons!

  • hes_a_victorian on November 8, 2011, 3:17 GMT

    As long as he maintains his fitness and agility, there's no reason that with the extra pressure off his shoulders (handing over the captaincy), Ponting will not settle in for a long prosperous summer. The only criticism I would have for Ponting is that I see his role changing slightly from enforcer to accumulator, if he can just cut some of the riskier elements of his game out (like those early front foot pulls on wickets with some variable bounce) and be a bit more sensible with his shot selection against the spinners, he should make a mountain of runs. 12 months ago everyone under the sun had written off Mike Hussey and he's had one of the if the not the best 12 months of his career and his agility and footwork and reflexes are all as good as they ever were!! Look at Dravid, at 38 he's still posting decent scores consistently (one of the few in the Indian middle order) of late.

  • on November 8, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    Maybe his net form has less to do with his batting and more to do with the net bowlers?

  • on November 8, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    he has done every thing to put Aussies on the top which we have seen in the past... and it only takes him a match or a couple to find his form, he is a player who not only can do something with the bat but also he can motivate all those new comers to get the best result out of them. obviously he should be in the side.

  • Meety on November 8, 2011, 2:49 GMT

    @ Xolile - superb comparison - my thoughts exactly. @Vishnu27 - well said! @Balaji Rajakumar - hope you are dissappointed - LOL! @itsthewayuplay - it's a tough one, legends don't grow on trees. Often it takes years for a batsmen to rise above good to be great. In the case of Punter, if he captures 80 or 90% of his former glory, he would be well up in the top 10 (maybe top 5) batsmen in the world currently. The Saffa series will go along way towards indicating whether Punter is in denial or not! @Behind_the_bowlers_arm - nice, I like it, I like it a lot! (love the wizened little face grinning) - that's gold! @ timmyw - he also gifted his wicket in the ODIs & the Shield game at the WACA. @ bobagorof - it's a bit like that! Tendulkar, Tendulkar, Tendulkar!

  • Meety on November 8, 2011, 2:33 GMT

    @cheguramana (picked you although I could of nailed anyone of the first 4 posters for banging on about SRT on an article about Ponting) - "...it strikes me that Ponting is not the kind of passionate craftsman that Sachin is.." Oz cricketers by & large rate personal milestones below that of the team's. That is why we have the best win/loss ratio of all test teams. Humility has nothing to do with SRTs success, he is a genius that has a different style of game that can be readily adapted to the aging process, (Punter was all about touch - & his 5-year form burst was the greatest sustained 5-year period of any batsmen other than The Don). He is not playing to chase records, he has a desire to leave Oz cricket in a better place than when he started. The selectors whilst looking at his record - would believe in the short term he is a massive benefit to have around the team. The more Pup blends into the role, the more Punter will be judged on performance.

  • softnuwan on November 8, 2011, 2:32 GMT

    I think ponting is a rally talented player and I'm sure he will come back to his form soon look the Dravid is only successful player in India's England tour and he is the oldest player of their team so I think it's all about the time and when right time comes Ponting will do the rest

  • adis26 on November 8, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    Ponting is a star. I would pay to just watch him bat even if he is not scoring runs. He has the style, the back lift, the exquisite shots that just make him a treat to watch. His form will return, it has to, he is a legend who has been instrumental in winning 3 consecutive World Cups - no one should ever forget that. I just hope he doesn't return to form against my India.

  • RandyOZ on November 8, 2011, 1:52 GMT

    Nor should you see the finishing line Punter. With you and Huss in the team and hopefully haddin booted out as soon as paine is fit, our balance is perfect. Just keep scoring runs and belting steyn to all parts.

  • Dr.Qwert on November 8, 2011, 1:40 GMT

    3/4 solid starts against Sri Lanka, good form without a century in India (3 scores of 70) & fairly good ODI form, century against India in India, runs in Sri Lanka, both very good ODI sides & an average over 50 in the last dozen innings. It's just the Ashes that really let him down. At the very least he deserves until the end of the kiwi tour. Khawaja will benefit from a real fight to get in.

  • RandyOZ on November 8, 2011, 1:40 GMT

    @Ashish Gupta, Ponting IS a better batsmen than Tendulkar. Ponting actually wins matches for Oz. He is not a flat track, first innings, dead rubber specialist like Tendulkar!

  • here2rock on November 8, 2011, 1:24 GMT

    Ricky is a great player, ever in the history of the game!

  • teo. on November 8, 2011, 1:15 GMT

    @ psyclops222... well said, your comments are appreciated!! Although I may be wishful, I hope Ponting, Kallis, Dravid and Tendulkar last a few more years...

  • Daniel_G on November 8, 2011, 0:49 GMT

    Ponting doesn't need to worry too much. No doubt he will be back amongst the runs when Aus play NZ later this year. NZ can help bat and bowl anyone into form. It's depressing being a Black Caps supporter . . .

  • on November 8, 2011, 0:43 GMT

    He keeps his place in the side at the moment because of his reputation and immense contribution to the success of Australian cricket, but he isn't utilising what is left of his old dominance to convert starts. Much better for the team having Khawaja, Ferguson, Hughes, even Warner scoring attractive 40's as they find their way in the test match arena, rather than Ponting doing it at 37.

    With Clarke's relative return to form, Ponting is the weak link in the middle order, especially against spin, and should make way for a younger player, even if the results are not immediate, in fact he should have made way before Katich, but then that has been said a million times

  • psyclops222 on November 8, 2011, 0:42 GMT

    I agree with a lot of comments here. I am an Indian, hence a fan of the indian team and of tendulkar. But this has nothing to do with Sachin. I am proud to say, i have watched Lara, Tendulkar, Inzamam, Ponting, Kallis etc play.. LIVE! Ponting, is undoubtedly, one of the BEST BASTMEN EVER. up there with SACHIN and LARA..

    I am getting a little sick and tired of us, Indian fans, making every story on cricket a story about tendulkar..

    Respect the game, respect the legends.. ALL of them!

  • TywinLannister on November 8, 2011, 0:38 GMT

    hey, I also "enjoy" playing for my country - can I play? what is this enjoying business with these 35+ old players? of course you will enjoy playing on forever - it doesn't make even half sense to me when I hear them use that as a rationale for continuing on, but it is so cliched these days. Apparently an individual enjoying their game has become more important than the team being their strongest to win for their country. Ugh!

  • whitesXI on November 8, 2011, 0:20 GMT

    "Batting the best he has for two years"??? I'll admit that wouldn't be too hard considering the way he has performed in those two years, but come on, at some point he has to admit to himself that his best days are behind him. Ponting absolutely has deserved the opportunity to refind form after all his done, but some tough love is required. Aus has carried him for two years, now he is no longer captain and moved down the batting order, everything possible to accomodaate him has been done, if he still fails to score big then I'm afraid it's time to say goodbye.

  • AnkurTyagi on November 8, 2011, 0:18 GMT

    Even after retirement Ponting has to sit and watch sachin playing for atleast 2-3 years...!!..lol..: )).... My prediction Ponting will play his last test against INDIA in next series..!!! -- and hopefully SACHIN retires after that series..!! --

  • Rooboy on November 7, 2011, 23:59 GMT

    Seriously, this is expected but ridiculous. Guys, NOT EVERYTHING IS ALL ABOUT TENDULKAR!! Geez! Good point and good comparison, Xolile, age is clearly catching up to Punter. I think this might be able to be staved off for a while if he realised he cannot play shots such as the hook and the pull in the way he used to, in fact his strengths are becoming his weaknesses, but he doesn't seem to want to admit that he can't play like he did 10 years ago. But, as always, he's doing it his way and doesn't seem too concerned what others think. I would like to think (hope!) he still has a few more big knocks left in him.

  • on November 7, 2011, 23:59 GMT

    Even the greatest of them all , Don Bradman , knew when he played his last ball , out for a duck , that the end had been reached . Ricky Ponting is no Bradman , and is not even close to ever being so . Sadly , Ricky will be remembered for his slow , lingering demise , than his brilliance . Unfortunately , that is what happens .

  • Ms.Cricket on November 7, 2011, 23:46 GMT

    Ricky Ponting reluctantly gave up the captaincy just when he was about to be axed, he will quit as a player too when he is about to be axed. Plain selfish now. Ponting is playing just for Ponting now and not for Australia. Have the new selectors got the guts to drop him ASAP and give the younger faces a chance?

  • Scgboy on November 7, 2011, 23:42 GMT

    Its legacy ,everybody , that should be obvious.He wants one last tilt at the poms.if he couldn't beat them under his watch then he will do so under clarkes.thats the only thing left he has to prove.I actually think , he could all things considered do it.

  • on November 7, 2011, 23:41 GMT

    @Balaji Rajkumar: Even if he doesn't get back into form before the Indian series, he will definitely be in form during that series. Our bowling does not have the teeth to test him even when he is at 50% of his ability

  • bobagorof on November 7, 2011, 23:34 GMT

    Tendulkar Tendulkar Tendulkar!!!! Tendulkar Tendulkar Tendulkar!!!! Who is this Ponting guy? He isn't Indian. Why is he playing cricket? Tendulkar Tendulkar Tendulkar!!!

  • Kaze on November 7, 2011, 23:31 GMT

    Ponting is the greatest batsman currently playing the game and knowing the way he plays he won't go down fighting. Looking forward to him carting Steyn and co around the park

  • bobagorof on November 7, 2011, 23:30 GMT

    Ponting may not see the finish line, but he's never been that perceptive. His recent record has been poor for an extended period, and with Clarke performing well as Captainl in Sri Lanka there may not be all that much that Ponting needs to pass on. The batting side looks settled, Hussey is still around to offer experience to the 'young' players - if Ponting is not scoring big runs then I'm struggling to see his role in the team. No doubt he is a good 'team man', but a world No 1 (as Australia hopes to be) cannot carry a batsman who scores once every 53 innings.

  • timmyw on November 7, 2011, 23:20 GMT

    Hmm. I actually agree with Ponting that he is hitting the ball better than he has done in years. Some of his cover driving has been out of this world. Unfortunately, even though he has fixed a couple of very serious technical flaws (hitting his pull shot in the air, taking his eyes off the short ball) he has developed another flaw. He is gifting his wicket away. He did it in Sri Lanka when there were massive scores there for him to get and if he does it again in SA I reckon he has to step back and take a look at himself and realise that he doesn't have the hunger anymore. That was the impression I got in SL. He looked truly awesome, then threw it away. The Australian side needs Ponting now more than ever and there is no excuse for throwing his wicket away after getting in.

  • jmr1415 on November 7, 2011, 23:15 GMT

    If it were just that Ponting's reflexes have deteriorated so that he can no longer control the pull shot off the quicker bowlers (which seemed to be the case a year ago) he could just put the shot away against anyone who bowls upwards of 85mph/135kph. However, during the Ashes Ponting was getting out on the front foot too and looked a shadow of his former brilliance.

    It's a shame, even as an English supporter, who's watched his team suffered from Ponting's awesome brutality, I hate to see such a magnificent cricketer be so diminished. At 37 it's almost impossible to think that he can still recapture his former glories. Yet he's acting like an elderly heavyweight wanting just one more day in the ring. I don't see it happening, much more fear that he will eventually be dropped after yet another series where high quality fast bowlers will prove to Ricky that you can't fight time. After all, Styen and Morkle are as good or better than Anderson and Tremlett.

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on November 7, 2011, 23:02 GMT

    Its a difficult time as at his age every poor score is seen as evidence of terminal decline and every good one just delays the verdict for another match. Even at his peak he was always a slow starter who might be in danger very early and if i had to bet on it i'd say i cant see him still around in a years time. I just hope he goes out with people remembering what a great player he has been rather than with a whimper. The ideal send off for romantics would be to see his wizened little face grinning on the balcony at the Oval in 2013 with the Ashes reclaimed.

  • sach-is-life on November 7, 2011, 22:56 GMT

    Wishful thinking - 'I would love to see Ricky Ponting become the highest Test runs scorer. He deserve to go past Sachin Tendulkar.' - @Indike Amarasekera - you will have to take another birth after 1000 years and then wish again for that to happen!!

  • kangaroussy on November 7, 2011, 22:56 GMT

    Just like Huss last summer, Ponting may well transfer his cracking form in the nets out to the middle, and may score plenty of runs between now and the end of the summer, and use that as justification for remaining in the team and use the old form is temporary, class is permenant argument for being allowed to play on during an extended period of not enough runs. But surely all that would acheive is to deprive Khawaja, if he is indeed our next long term number 3 / 4, of experience that will stand him in good stead for the next decade of Australian cricket. I'm not a Ponting hater, or Huss, for that matter, but Oz cricket needs to concern iself with preparing for future glory, and not allow players to play on as reward for their past glory. Which may, of course mean losing a series or two to the likes of India, and maybe even NZ!

  • boris6491 on November 7, 2011, 22:35 GMT

    Because he is Ricky Ponting and because of all the great things he has done for Australian cricket, I would definitely be willing to give him a run. Like Haddin, in my view, there are two big upcoming test series against SA obviously and then India and we need experience to perform against these teams. But, if these two guys don't perform after these two series, we will most definitely have to wave goodbye. Despite what a great player Ponting is, we can't hold on forever, we need to move on. Haddin is valuable despite having not achieved as much as Ponting in his international career but he's getting on in age and there is no dearth of competition for him in Australia. Its perform or perish.

  • itsthewayuplay on November 7, 2011, 22:13 GMT

    Ponting is certainly not the player he was at his peak but IMO he is still good enough to be play. I suspect what Ponting really means is that he is near to being the best that he can be now rather than at any point in his career. The conundrun for Australia as I see it is if he's good enough to play he should but how do Aus plan for the future because when Ponting eventually retires his successor will need time to settle in. Do you give that time to his successor now or to Ponting? It's the only downside to having players of the calibre of Ponting, Tendulkar, Dravid et al.

  • AnkurTyagi on November 7, 2011, 22:07 GMT

    Ponting cant see the finish line !!:)--Dont worry!! -- the Oz selectors will help him out ...!! -- one more bad series for ponting and everybudy will start pointing fingers on ponting...!!-- In case of Sachin , I think indian selectors have to take sachin's permission before dropping him..!

  • on November 7, 2011, 21:48 GMT

    I would love to see Ricky Ponting become the highest Test runs scorer. He deserve to go past Sachin Tendulkar.

  • on November 7, 2011, 21:34 GMT

    I am an Indian fan! And i seriously hope that Ponting does not get back into form before the India-Australia series!

  • wabba02s on November 7, 2011, 21:29 GMT

    Khawaja should also get his fair chance like Hughes and Marsh. It is time that Poting leaves the game respectfully. If Hughes can replace Katich, who had performed consistanly for tha past 3 years for Australia, than there is no reason for Khawaja to be waiting for a stubborn Ponting.

  • terrifyingwarriors on November 7, 2011, 21:22 GMT

    Surely pointing is a great batsmen. But I have seen One man play better than any one else, his name is Sachin Tendulkar.

  • malomay on November 7, 2011, 21:01 GMT

    All this and more was being written about Hussey in the 6 months leading up to the Ashes series last season........

  • teo. on November 7, 2011, 20:24 GMT

    Yes, all these comments about Sachin?? please. I hope for Ponting's sake that he does find form.. even though I am an SA fan.. I suppose I am a nostalgic type, and still want to see the old guys do well..

  • bumsonseats on November 7, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    i dont think ponting is playing better or worse than tendulkar.and of the 2 i beleive the indian guy is playing the worst. i know what pressure he must be playing under these days as his many fans wanting him to his 100 x 100. when u get to 37 you may feel u r batting great, but once your eyesight starts to go its the the start of the end. i think this should be pontings last series. i cannot understand him wanting still to be playing in a team that he was captain off. from memory i cannot think of this situation before . hes had his time as has tentulkar. let them both be remembered as great cricketers not ones who had to be carried off kicking and screaming.dpk

  • Vishnu27 on November 7, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    Ummmmmm, India fans? For goodness sake: the article is about Ricky Ponting. Not Tendulkar, or anyone else. Or, about comparisons with any other batsman. It's about one man's effort to find some test form!

  • on November 7, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    DeepanjanDatta makes a good point. There are certain batsmen that are loved by everyone, and often they are not the great stroke players. Who cannot love Shiv and Rahul Dravid and Mike Hussey? Incidentally I am English and have watched those three do their best to stop England from winning so many times. Ponting and Sachin get respect but not love.

  • SuperSloMo on November 7, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    Deepanjan - sorry, but records ARE the only reason why people rate Bradman higher than Hobbs!

  • Winsome on November 7, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    Well that's done it then. As soon as someone starts talking about how well they are hitting it in the nets, it's time for the boom to be lowered. I hope that behind the front he is genuinely considering retiring. As I don't think there is a selector in Aus with the guts to tap him on the shoulder.

  • BellCurve on November 7, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    We need to approach this issue a bit more scientifically. Ponting is a legend. He has scored more international runs than anyone bar Sachin. Not only has he scored lots of runs, he also scored those runs quickly. In Test cricket he has been a proven match winner for many years. Now obviously a proven champion doesn't turn go from hero to zero in 12 months. The decline is gradual. The decline depends on the style of play. Viv Richards relied on athleticism, audacity and reflexes to tear apart attacks around the world. When he got older those attributes declined quickly. He was on top of the world when he was 32 but down in the doldrums when he was 37. Ponting reminds me a bit of Richards. The way he steps across on the front foot and hammers length balls through midwicket is legendary. Has he lost the ability to play his natural game? I think he may have.

  • on November 7, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    I just hope Ponting doesnt get past Dravid to be second on the list of rungetters. Retirement of Dravid is not far away either. Tendulkar I think is out of reach for Ponting.

  • cheguramana on November 7, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    Several international cricketers have mentioned over the last year or so that Sachin Tendulkar is a real inspiration to the 35+ club. But whats there to keep Ponting going ? Merely the hope he will break all of Sachin's records ? Sachin atleast had the big motivation of trying to win the ODI World Cup before heretired- and he accomplished that. But Ponting has been part of an Australian team that has collectively reached greater heights than the Indian cricket team. Also, it strikes me that Ponting is not the kind of passionate craftsman that Sachin is. Nor does he have the kind of humilty to continuously learn and adapt his game to the limitations of an aging body. Ponting may not see the finish line yet, but the Aussie selectors surely will.

  • on November 7, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    Ponting's failures have surely silenced Ian Chappell, who was on a personal mission to prove Ponting is a better batsmen than Tendulkar a couple of years back. But the recent change in fortunes have shut him up. Would just need a couple of good knocks from Ponting before Ian Chappell starts labeling him the "best" batsmen again. Surely, Ponting has been a great batsmen of modern times. But it is only in recent times he has improved a bit against spin. I still don't think he can 'dominate' good spin bowling on turning tracks. Tendulkar has been the top batsmen since almost 2 decades now, dominating spin and pace alike in all type of conditions. Ponting is 'great', but Tendulkar is the 'best' batsmen of this era.

  • on November 7, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    Shane Watson's autobigraphy has a relevant thought - when you are well-liked, people remember you even when you might not be delivering the results. For someone like Hussey, or Dravid - they have such an universal goodwill, and amazing work ethic that their lean trots were always given some rope. People like Ponting, or Tendulkar - however are tougher customers to budge, not because they don't enjoy that kind of respect, but probably because they are such legends of the game and they enjoy too much respect for a selector to be able to treat them like Ganguly, or Katich were done. Let's hope, as much as they love the game (and we LOVE them) - they don't overstay their time. Records are not the only reason why people rate Bradman higher than Hobbs :)

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  • on November 7, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    Shane Watson's autobigraphy has a relevant thought - when you are well-liked, people remember you even when you might not be delivering the results. For someone like Hussey, or Dravid - they have such an universal goodwill, and amazing work ethic that their lean trots were always given some rope. People like Ponting, or Tendulkar - however are tougher customers to budge, not because they don't enjoy that kind of respect, but probably because they are such legends of the game and they enjoy too much respect for a selector to be able to treat them like Ganguly, or Katich were done. Let's hope, as much as they love the game (and we LOVE them) - they don't overstay their time. Records are not the only reason why people rate Bradman higher than Hobbs :)

  • on November 7, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    Ponting's failures have surely silenced Ian Chappell, who was on a personal mission to prove Ponting is a better batsmen than Tendulkar a couple of years back. But the recent change in fortunes have shut him up. Would just need a couple of good knocks from Ponting before Ian Chappell starts labeling him the "best" batsmen again. Surely, Ponting has been a great batsmen of modern times. But it is only in recent times he has improved a bit against spin. I still don't think he can 'dominate' good spin bowling on turning tracks. Tendulkar has been the top batsmen since almost 2 decades now, dominating spin and pace alike in all type of conditions. Ponting is 'great', but Tendulkar is the 'best' batsmen of this era.

  • cheguramana on November 7, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    Several international cricketers have mentioned over the last year or so that Sachin Tendulkar is a real inspiration to the 35+ club. But whats there to keep Ponting going ? Merely the hope he will break all of Sachin's records ? Sachin atleast had the big motivation of trying to win the ODI World Cup before heretired- and he accomplished that. But Ponting has been part of an Australian team that has collectively reached greater heights than the Indian cricket team. Also, it strikes me that Ponting is not the kind of passionate craftsman that Sachin is. Nor does he have the kind of humilty to continuously learn and adapt his game to the limitations of an aging body. Ponting may not see the finish line yet, but the Aussie selectors surely will.

  • on November 7, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    I just hope Ponting doesnt get past Dravid to be second on the list of rungetters. Retirement of Dravid is not far away either. Tendulkar I think is out of reach for Ponting.

  • BellCurve on November 7, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    We need to approach this issue a bit more scientifically. Ponting is a legend. He has scored more international runs than anyone bar Sachin. Not only has he scored lots of runs, he also scored those runs quickly. In Test cricket he has been a proven match winner for many years. Now obviously a proven champion doesn't turn go from hero to zero in 12 months. The decline is gradual. The decline depends on the style of play. Viv Richards relied on athleticism, audacity and reflexes to tear apart attacks around the world. When he got older those attributes declined quickly. He was on top of the world when he was 32 but down in the doldrums when he was 37. Ponting reminds me a bit of Richards. The way he steps across on the front foot and hammers length balls through midwicket is legendary. Has he lost the ability to play his natural game? I think he may have.

  • Winsome on November 7, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    Well that's done it then. As soon as someone starts talking about how well they are hitting it in the nets, it's time for the boom to be lowered. I hope that behind the front he is genuinely considering retiring. As I don't think there is a selector in Aus with the guts to tap him on the shoulder.

  • SuperSloMo on November 7, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    Deepanjan - sorry, but records ARE the only reason why people rate Bradman higher than Hobbs!

  • on November 7, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    DeepanjanDatta makes a good point. There are certain batsmen that are loved by everyone, and often they are not the great stroke players. Who cannot love Shiv and Rahul Dravid and Mike Hussey? Incidentally I am English and have watched those three do their best to stop England from winning so many times. Ponting and Sachin get respect but not love.

  • Vishnu27 on November 7, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    Ummmmmm, India fans? For goodness sake: the article is about Ricky Ponting. Not Tendulkar, or anyone else. Or, about comparisons with any other batsman. It's about one man's effort to find some test form!

  • bumsonseats on November 7, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    i dont think ponting is playing better or worse than tendulkar.and of the 2 i beleive the indian guy is playing the worst. i know what pressure he must be playing under these days as his many fans wanting him to his 100 x 100. when u get to 37 you may feel u r batting great, but once your eyesight starts to go its the the start of the end. i think this should be pontings last series. i cannot understand him wanting still to be playing in a team that he was captain off. from memory i cannot think of this situation before . hes had his time as has tentulkar. let them both be remembered as great cricketers not ones who had to be carried off kicking and screaming.dpk