Sri Lanka v Australia, 1st Test, Galle, 4th day September 3, 2011

Ricky Ponting to miss second Test

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Ricky Ponting's 100th Test win arrived in the nick of time to allow him to fly home for the birth of his second child, which will rule him out of the second Test starting in Kandy on Thursday. The reserve batsman Shaun Marsh is set to make his debut, while David Warner, previously seen as a Twenty20 specialist, will join the group as a standby player.

Ponting's wife Rianna is pregnant and medical advice that the birth was imminent had Ponting booked to board a plane home hours after the tourists completed a 125-run victory over Sri Lanka in the first Test in Galle. Ponting will remain at home for about a week and is hoping to be back in time for the third Test.

"Rianna had another scan on Tuesday and the doctor believes it's going to be [due] in the next few days, so I've been keen to get this Test match over pretty quickly and get a flight out tonight," Ponting said. "I'll then get back Sunday night, so I'm pretty sure the little one will come a couple of days after I've got back hopefully.

"Hopefully the baby comes in the next couple of days and hopefully I'll be around for a few days and hopefully be able to get them out of hospital and be back in time to get prepared to play the third Test. As the tour's worn on, one thing I didn't want to do if at all possible was miss the birth, and Rianna's started to struggle a little more the last few days so she just needs me home at the moment."

Reflecting on his feat in becoming the first man to participate in 100 Test wins, Ponting said each victory had gained in significance for him as the Australian team began its transition from an all-conquering unit to the battling group of 2011.

"You always do [appreciate them more], yeah," Ponting said. "My proudest moment as captain was walking off the field in Durban [in 2009] when we beat South Africa over there. That was with a very young team. That was the proudest moment of my captaincy, and I think Michael [Clarke] will say something similar now.

"Michael's played in a lot of Test wins as well, but take away the fact this was his first Test as captain, I think anytime you teak a young team onto the ground and you can win a game I'm sure it's something we can all be proud of. It goes to show things aren't all doom and gloom in Australian cricket, and if we play the way this group knows it can play I'm sure we'll be competitive over the next few weeks as well.

"It's been a great week for this team, for us to eke out as many runs as we did in the first innings set the game up for us, but a lot of good things have happened this week, not just my thing, Michael's first Test as captain, and a couple of the debutants playing a big role in the result as well. It's been an enjoyable week."

Clarke's tribute to his predecessor was warm.

"We just had a toast in the changing room and I think there was about eight or nine of us that it's their first Test match win, that includes support staff, and for Punter it's his 100th," Clarke said. "It's a very special victory for Punter. I think the one thing I've always said is a great player is determined by his longevity and Ricky's played a hell of a lot of Test cricket, scored a hell of a lot of Test runs and captained a hell of a lot of Test victories as well.

"He's an amazing player. His bowling wasn't even too bad yesterday."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Slow_Eddy_D on September 6, 2011, 3:57 GMT

    @ Srikee 1987 - Agreed the bowlers were fantastic during this period but Ponting also ave approx 72 per your stats. Nobody is thanking RP for single-handedly winning 100 Test matches for Australia. People are merely acknowledging this feat, a feat accomplished by no other player in history. Had any other player achieved this feat from any other country, the same would be said.

  • hyclass on September 5, 2011, 23:34 GMT

    More importantly @AndyMick,why would Ponting make himself available for a Test at a time where,he admits being unable to give it his full attention.It can only be to protect his place in the lineup,given his age and the change of management at CA. One also wonders at David Hussey being sent home, when Australia were clearly set to lose Ponting during this series. Even people who are obsessed with introducing new and young players,must realise that there are limits. Marsh has 345 runs at 23 in his last 15 innings for state and country-hardly deserving,given his poor career record. Lyons success can be attributed to the widely condemned pitch,not to anything in his playing record. Krezja had a similar start. This team and squad are replete with inexperienced and young players. David Husseys pedigree and results,particularly in the longer format are peerless and he would have made the ideal replacement.Unfortunately,this tour is still the work of the old CA administration and Chappell.

  • AndyMick on September 5, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    Havent read all the comments, but are the Australians and their selectors going soft allowing someone to go home for a birth?

  • YorkshirePudding on September 5, 2011, 11:54 GMT

    Its going to take some beating, even the great SRT isnt close, with 61 wins from 181 games. Hope the birth of RP's child goes to plan as well.

  • WhiteRaven on September 5, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    @Srikee1987 its about contribution from Ricky in 100 wins first really understand what was the topic about... team play you need to give your share. by batting/bowling/fielding. Another silent record holder the great Kallis, his record speaks. nobody can come near to him.

  • anver777 on September 5, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    No doubt Aus team will miss his experiences for the 2nd test...........Sorry! Clarke no expert tips from Ricky for next test !!!!!!!

  • on September 5, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    Don't like him as a player (I'm a Pom, haha) but he's a fine, fine batsman and a great opponent. Well done on 100 test wins as a player and good luck with the new baby.

  • Srikee1987 on September 5, 2011, 3:14 GMT

    Post mortem in to Ponting's 100 Test wins.. Read as Years Test Wins Runs Average 100s/ 50s Overall Tests Overall ave Till Dec 1998 13 703 39.05 1/ 5 22 36.63 Jan 1999 to Dec 2006 64 6161 71.63 25/ 20 87 65.43 Jan 2007 onwards 23 1511 39.76 2/ 11 44 40.63 Career 100 8375 58.97 28/ 36 153 53.26. The period between Jan 1999 and Dec 2006... Australians were so dominant in all forms cricket. The credit shd not go only to Ponting because a test is not won by a player/ batsmen. Australian won because they had bowlers to get 20 wickets. Ponting is not the lone warrior here for the Australians. The credit shd be given to the bowlers Mcgrath, Lee, Gillispie, Warne, Kaspro n others who took the much needed 20 wickets at most times to win the TEST match

  • D.V.C. on September 4, 2011, 22:58 GMT

    @montys_muse: I think you will see Khwaja play 3, and Marsh at 6.

  • on September 4, 2011, 22:28 GMT

    I would like to see people like cummins,Cosgrove and klinger to make their way into the australlian squad.For long Klinger has merited his place in the squad.I guess Hughes has been given enough chances and has failed to capitalise on the same. It was criminal to drop him for couple of bad perfromance in 2009 ashes and it was even more criminal to select him when he was woefully short of runs in domestic cricket. Now that he has been failed he needs to go back to domestic circuit and hone his skills and make adjustment to his batting technique.Also haddin should be droipped and selectors should bring in Mathew wade over paine,as he is much more of a free flowing batsmen.Aussies were sucessfull when they had a lot odf stroke mekaers who used to bail them out o crisis by way of thier attacking play.Khwaja should open with Klinge/cosgrover followed by ricky ponting, Mike hussey, clarke,shane watson,Wade,Cummins,Harris,Lyon and copeleand/Hazelwood

  • Slow_Eddy_D on September 6, 2011, 3:57 GMT

    @ Srikee 1987 - Agreed the bowlers were fantastic during this period but Ponting also ave approx 72 per your stats. Nobody is thanking RP for single-handedly winning 100 Test matches for Australia. People are merely acknowledging this feat, a feat accomplished by no other player in history. Had any other player achieved this feat from any other country, the same would be said.

  • hyclass on September 5, 2011, 23:34 GMT

    More importantly @AndyMick,why would Ponting make himself available for a Test at a time where,he admits being unable to give it his full attention.It can only be to protect his place in the lineup,given his age and the change of management at CA. One also wonders at David Hussey being sent home, when Australia were clearly set to lose Ponting during this series. Even people who are obsessed with introducing new and young players,must realise that there are limits. Marsh has 345 runs at 23 in his last 15 innings for state and country-hardly deserving,given his poor career record. Lyons success can be attributed to the widely condemned pitch,not to anything in his playing record. Krezja had a similar start. This team and squad are replete with inexperienced and young players. David Husseys pedigree and results,particularly in the longer format are peerless and he would have made the ideal replacement.Unfortunately,this tour is still the work of the old CA administration and Chappell.

  • AndyMick on September 5, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    Havent read all the comments, but are the Australians and their selectors going soft allowing someone to go home for a birth?

  • YorkshirePudding on September 5, 2011, 11:54 GMT

    Its going to take some beating, even the great SRT isnt close, with 61 wins from 181 games. Hope the birth of RP's child goes to plan as well.

  • WhiteRaven on September 5, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    @Srikee1987 its about contribution from Ricky in 100 wins first really understand what was the topic about... team play you need to give your share. by batting/bowling/fielding. Another silent record holder the great Kallis, his record speaks. nobody can come near to him.

  • anver777 on September 5, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    No doubt Aus team will miss his experiences for the 2nd test...........Sorry! Clarke no expert tips from Ricky for next test !!!!!!!

  • on September 5, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    Don't like him as a player (I'm a Pom, haha) but he's a fine, fine batsman and a great opponent. Well done on 100 test wins as a player and good luck with the new baby.

  • Srikee1987 on September 5, 2011, 3:14 GMT

    Post mortem in to Ponting's 100 Test wins.. Read as Years Test Wins Runs Average 100s/ 50s Overall Tests Overall ave Till Dec 1998 13 703 39.05 1/ 5 22 36.63 Jan 1999 to Dec 2006 64 6161 71.63 25/ 20 87 65.43 Jan 2007 onwards 23 1511 39.76 2/ 11 44 40.63 Career 100 8375 58.97 28/ 36 153 53.26. The period between Jan 1999 and Dec 2006... Australians were so dominant in all forms cricket. The credit shd not go only to Ponting because a test is not won by a player/ batsmen. Australian won because they had bowlers to get 20 wickets. Ponting is not the lone warrior here for the Australians. The credit shd be given to the bowlers Mcgrath, Lee, Gillispie, Warne, Kaspro n others who took the much needed 20 wickets at most times to win the TEST match

  • D.V.C. on September 4, 2011, 22:58 GMT

    @montys_muse: I think you will see Khwaja play 3, and Marsh at 6.

  • on September 4, 2011, 22:28 GMT

    I would like to see people like cummins,Cosgrove and klinger to make their way into the australlian squad.For long Klinger has merited his place in the squad.I guess Hughes has been given enough chances and has failed to capitalise on the same. It was criminal to drop him for couple of bad perfromance in 2009 ashes and it was even more criminal to select him when he was woefully short of runs in domestic cricket. Now that he has been failed he needs to go back to domestic circuit and hone his skills and make adjustment to his batting technique.Also haddin should be droipped and selectors should bring in Mathew wade over paine,as he is much more of a free flowing batsmen.Aussies were sucessfull when they had a lot odf stroke mekaers who used to bail them out o crisis by way of thier attacking play.Khwaja should open with Klinge/cosgrover followed by ricky ponting, Mike hussey, clarke,shane watson,Wade,Cummins,Harris,Lyon and copeleand/Hazelwood

  • montys_muse on September 4, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    so with marh coming in we have one more potential opener...atleast now watson should be pushed down at no.6 and play him as an all rounder...rather than just as a batsman who can bowl.....

  • naveenpnayak on September 4, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    It would be hard to beat Srilankan's Without Ponting.. He is a class against the spin attack.. Definitely without him Aussies would feel the Threat.. So here is a Real test for all the Aussie Batsmen to prove their worth

  • Wozza-CY on September 4, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    Congratulations to RP for a great achievement, one that will take a long, long time to replicate. On another note, quite a convenient opportunity for the Marsh vs Khwaja debate. Almost unfairly a lot of pressure on Marsh to produce, given that Ponting will be back in the team upon his return. However, this little competition may be just the inspiration individuals in the Oz team need to spur them on in the next test. It will be enthralling viewing.

  • on September 4, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    ppl are so ignorant, they never said he won it all himself, but that he has been on the winning side for the 100th time,might not be big to some of u,but in actuality it is... some players dont play to improve their resume they play to win matches for their respect countries..

  • Valavan on September 4, 2011, 11:59 GMT

    @awesome10, looser, to be a part of invincible aussies with lot of bench strength, ricky managed to be in the team with Michael Hussey, Simon katich, Michael clarke,darren lehmann all benched. OK he had made the cut into the team with so much batters at the bench. Gilchrist waited for 4 years in bench till healy retired to take his spot in tests. Well haddin made to wait from 2002 till 2008 until gilly retired. so speak ur hilarious comments in indian forums.

  • awesome10 on September 4, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    100 wins credit should not go to Ponting alone. There were so many good players who had contributed for this to happen. Hence this is not a major feat. Just another moment.

  • ranga_s on September 4, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    Congratulations Mr. Ponting.....Wish all the best....and congratulations on 100th win too....amazing feat....All Sri Lankan nation will wish a smooth birth for your baby.....

  • abhipunter on September 4, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    @victortrumpet: it could have been 80 also instead of 100 or your 120.assuming things like this is very easy my dear friend but not achieving it on field....anyway Congrats Ricky.hope your new baby will bring lot of luck for u.

  • on September 4, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    If i have option choice one of them Ricky Or Tendulkar, My choice will be Ricky. Tendulkar has not played any game where he helped India to win the match.

  • Dismayed on September 4, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    Thanks for the memories Stay at home and let me have Warner over Marsh any day of the week. Now lets get rid of Clarke and and Haddin, play T.Paine and S.Smith and leave him at no 6 and we have a side. Warner,Hughes, Khawaja, Watson, M. Hussey, S.Smith, Paine, Johnson, Harris, Copeland, Lyon. With D.Hussey, S.O'keefe next in line and all the young guys to come, Starc,Cummins etc.

  • RightArmEverything on September 4, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    @victortrumpet, way to look at the negative perspective! Good luck to Shaun Marsh, hope he gets a ton.

  • Ray24 on September 4, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    A wonderful feat by a wonderful player. People have criticized Ponting's behavior and sportsmanship and maybe with some justification, but no one can deny that he is the man who has this win record that no one is even close to. As my Indian friends claim that Ponting was a part of the wonderful team that won so many test matches, please see the records that Ponting had many contributions to these wins. Without him, the great team may not have been as great. He is part of that greatness. And this is the reason it is argued time and again, that Sachin plays for himself, not the team. He is good when there is no pressure, and when records are the only reason to play. On that front, Dravid is a standout servant of Indian cricket. He only plays for India, and never for himself. He is very much under Sachin's shadows. Indian fans may never know his worth as he and ST will retire around the same time, and fans may be left thinking that if ST were here, we wouldn't have lost. Salute RD.

  • popcorn on September 4, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    My best wishes to Rianna and you,Ricky,and to little Emma. Gos bless.

  • hyclass on September 4, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    Marsh and Warner have a grand total of 8 1st class centuries between them. Marsh has played 11 seasons and gets a hundred every 17 Shield innings. He doesnt bowl and is headed in 1st class averages by 25 other batsmen,many who keep or bowl as well.Hes never made the effort to advance his game by playing County Cricket,as so many have before him and his only interest was in making money in the weak IPL competition.When called to play for Australia in this same format,he averages 11.His tour of S/L has been very poor averaging 17. Injury,a total lack of consistency,a lack of concentration and a slow S/R of 46,have contrived to give him a record,even more mediocre than his father,Geoff Marsh.Both he and Warner,may develop,but Test cricket isnt a childrens creche.Its the pofessional pinnacle & should be climbed,not gifted.Guys like David Hussey,with 40 centuries and an average in the mid 50s should be at the front of the line.Those from India would recognise the handiwork of Chappell.

  • VivGilchrist on September 4, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    If I was Warner I'd be preparing to play. Marsh will injure his back again in the pre-game warm up.

  • EddieGilbert on September 4, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    One of the Greats. Congrats Ricky.@Joseph Mcgahan didnt Lynn injure his wrist?I thought I read that somewhere Agreed though, future number 3. @Blake Houston I'll be surprized if Hughes doesnt score a hundred in the next 2 matches, 1 of those pitches has to be a featherbed. Exciting times in Oz cricket though and I think Warner is a Test cricketer. Technically sound when not trying belt the cover off the ball

  • on September 4, 2011, 0:53 GMT

    Well done on David Warner, he is very good batsman and his long form game is very exciting and he has the skills, talent and determination needed to succeed at test level. But it will be Shuan Marsh and not warner, who will Debut in the 2nd test, because he also deserves his place after his good ODI career to date and his IPL heroics and consistency in aussie domestic cricket in last 2 seasons. Marsh can be a good player for australia and hope he can get a big daddy hundred on debut. Hughes needs to show he is a test opener in the next test, so far i'm not convinced with him, i know he is a good batsman no doubt, but is he a good test batsman? He would want to score in next match because Marsh and Warner are breathing down his neck for a spot. good debut for Lyon and copeland i must add

  • victortrumpet on September 4, 2011, 0:33 GMT

    Think how good a player Ponting could have been, if they had done the smart thing all those years ago and made Warne or Gilly captain...100 victories could have been 120!

  • on September 3, 2011, 23:34 GMT

    well done to ricky, but why would you send warner after playing only a couple sheild games ahead of a guy like chris lynn you has had a couple really good seasons in the sheild and looks to be an absolute superstar

  • mightymf2000 on September 3, 2011, 22:13 GMT

    Well done Ricky on the 100 wins you deserve it. GO AUSTRALIA

  • gothetaniwha on September 3, 2011, 22:09 GMT

    Big Congrats Punter - you still look trim and fit unlike two others ahead of u, I,m sure if you still got the desired u could play for another 3/4 years at test level and keep churning out the runs and wins .

  • Paki_on_cricinfo on September 3, 2011, 20:24 GMT

    Well this is difficult to break..... top 7 were aussies .... real champion team ... not like over hype indian No 1 play like bangladesh.....

  • anur8g on September 3, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    now that is called a record...

  • on September 3, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    Cheers to Ponting on his amazing feat. He has been one of the worlds finest cricketers and no amount of centuries from other batsmen can change that.:D

  • tom_dick on September 3, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    WISHING PONTING ALL THE BEST FOR THE NEW ARRIVAL. PONTING IS A GOOD CAPTAIN, PERFORMER, ACHIEVER AND WHAT NOT. HIS ASSOCIATION FOR AUSTRALIA'S 100TH WIN IS SOME THING MARVELLOUS AND I WISH PONTING A VERY HAPPY TIME BACK HOME AND BE WITH HIS WIFE WHO IS LONGING FOR HIS ARRIVAL.

  • ste13 on September 3, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    they should give a chance to David Warner. his first games in first class cricket were promising, he can evolve to become a very good player

  • OutCast on September 3, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    100 wins in tests! WOW Surely Ponting deserves it coz he is an outstanding cricketer. This could be his last test? if the replacement score 2 half centuries and Aus wins the next one, Aus will have wrapped up the series going into 3rd test, so they'll try to experiment new blood to have more options available for the upcoming India series. I strongly believe Ponting will not play anymore in SL. trust me.

  • on September 3, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    congrats ricky back with a bang

  • kuttyvichu on September 3, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    Ponting played lot of cricket with a bunch of guys who were capable of turning the test match at any stage.. Like Gilly, hayden, warne, mcgrath, waugh etc.,, Whereas in the case of Sachin, the team is completely depends on him many a times.. So there is no point in comparing both in these hundreds.. Both of them are legends of test cricket..

  • on September 3, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    @CricEshwar: Agreed, but partly. As long as Kallis and, to a little extent, Ponting and Dravid are playing, Sachin's feat may not be as safe as the other two's. Btw, I congratulate Ponting wholeheartedly on two happy events for him. I bow down in respect to a great player.

  • on September 3, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    Is it too early to start guessing names?

    Don? Steve? Allan? Sachin?

  • Farce-Follower on September 3, 2011, 15:51 GMT

    Now, that is a 100 to aim for and achieve, unlike the many meaningless 100s some others aim to get.

  • CricEshwar on September 3, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    Bradman's average, Sachin's runs/centuries and Ponting's current feat may never be in trouble.

  • on September 3, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    australia might not be the no.1 now but very soon they will be this win has proved it its very difficult to bat and bowl in these condition especially for outside sub-continent teams they did it in style hopefully then can win the series

  • landl47 on September 3, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    Congratulations on the new baby. I hope everything goes well with the birth.

  • on September 3, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    ATTENTION:

    MARSH is nt gonna make debut.... It could b DAVID WARNER fr an opening spot... chck his official FB page.. he has been calld as a replacement fr PUNTER..

  • on September 3, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    Congrats Punter...Come back stronger for 3rd test...

  • on September 3, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    Utmost respect for this man. A fine servant to Australian sport. He must feel a little strange as the only player in the squad to have toured Sri Lanka before, but it's wonderful that he got to celebrate with a few guys experiencing their first test victory. I hope he is remembered as the dominant and fearless batsman and captain that he was and not for his decline. We may never see another man keep an average of 53 through 150 tests. Hopefully he can finish his career on a positive note.

  • CricketIndiaFanatic on September 3, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    10,000 Sachin centuries will pale in comparison to Ponting's century of wins. That's the significance of wins which India knows nothing of. Indian players according to my perception are more interested in personal goals than the team's performance. BCCI is more interested in money than in team's interest. I hope that this milestone of Ponting serves as inspiration for us.

  • cric_fanatics on September 3, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    @ lillie_express...high-fi....@Eliya Abbas Syed...you still havnt gotten over the 10-0 bashing he handed out to pakistan..hes a great player nontheless.

  • jonesy2 on September 3, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    lillie_express ----nahhhhh punter will want to play as long as he can and why wouldnt he? marsh can still stay in the team him an usman should swap every test!

  • on September 3, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    Congrats to Punter for having 100 test wins as a player.All the best for your 2nd kid too.Good Chance for Australia to try Shaun Marsh as an opener in the 2nd test match and give number 6 spot to Watson.

  • Mary_786 on September 3, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    lillee_express, you are kidding right, marsh can never replace punter, marsh averages less then 40 in shield cricket, punter averages 55 in test cricket, Marsh will play in the second test, get out for cheap scores as he can't play spin, and punter will come back in the side.

  • lillie_express on September 3, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    My prediction: Marsh will score a ton, Clarky will do well, they will crush SL in second test. Ponting will look at his new baby and decide "Australia has moved on, they dont need me anymore, family is more important" and promptly retire. Fiver anyone?

  • on September 3, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    lol... and he still didn;t make it to the Australian All-time squad, let alone the World's All-time xi!!

  • PrasPunter on September 3, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    100 test wins !! Take a bow Sir !! You are a legend !! Wishing you happy times.

  • krnataraj on September 3, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    when he retires most of us will believe he was the best number three batsman in modern day cricket!!

  • on September 3, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    Take it for what it's worth, this is no mean milestone..Pointing has really served Cricket Australia well, even when not so long ago, most people were calling for his head..

  • on September 3, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    All the best for ur second child ponting... hope it will be a junior punter now;-)

  • Mcgrath-Dravid-Flintoff on September 3, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    some people dream to play 100 tests. heres ponting who has been in 100 test victories. what a legend. RESPECT

  • jonesy2 on September 3, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    massive congrats ricky. you are technically the greatest player of all time. cant argue with facts. good luck to you and good luck to shaun marsh.

  • Rosey86 on September 3, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    Congrats to Ricky and his wife Rianna. Hopefully all goes well with the birth and the baby is healthy. He can come back for the 3rd test and score a special ton for his new child. I can only hope.

  • Kothandaram on September 3, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    To be part of 100 Test wins is a wonderful achievement for a wonderful player. Ponting led Australia well before he ran out of ideas and lost the services of some of the greatest players.. one of the all-time GREATS

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  • Kothandaram on September 3, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    To be part of 100 Test wins is a wonderful achievement for a wonderful player. Ponting led Australia well before he ran out of ideas and lost the services of some of the greatest players.. one of the all-time GREATS

  • Rosey86 on September 3, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    Congrats to Ricky and his wife Rianna. Hopefully all goes well with the birth and the baby is healthy. He can come back for the 3rd test and score a special ton for his new child. I can only hope.

  • jonesy2 on September 3, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    massive congrats ricky. you are technically the greatest player of all time. cant argue with facts. good luck to you and good luck to shaun marsh.

  • Mcgrath-Dravid-Flintoff on September 3, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    some people dream to play 100 tests. heres ponting who has been in 100 test victories. what a legend. RESPECT

  • on September 3, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    All the best for ur second child ponting... hope it will be a junior punter now;-)

  • on September 3, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    Take it for what it's worth, this is no mean milestone..Pointing has really served Cricket Australia well, even when not so long ago, most people were calling for his head..

  • krnataraj on September 3, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    when he retires most of us will believe he was the best number three batsman in modern day cricket!!

  • PrasPunter on September 3, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    100 test wins !! Take a bow Sir !! You are a legend !! Wishing you happy times.

  • on September 3, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    lol... and he still didn;t make it to the Australian All-time squad, let alone the World's All-time xi!!

  • lillie_express on September 3, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    My prediction: Marsh will score a ton, Clarky will do well, they will crush SL in second test. Ponting will look at his new baby and decide "Australia has moved on, they dont need me anymore, family is more important" and promptly retire. Fiver anyone?