Ricky Ponting makes his first-class debut for Tasmania at the age of 17. He is the youngest player to represent Tasmania in the Sheffield Shield.
February 15, 1995
Disappointing ODI debut
Makes ODI debut at the age of 20 and scores 1 against South Africa in Wellington
December 10, 1995
Missing out on a debut Test hundred
Makes Test debut against Sri Lanka at the WACA
and is unlucky to be given out lbw on 96.
December 3, 1996
On the outer
July 24, 1997
A maiden Test hundred
Returns to the Test team with a bang at Headingley, batting at No. 6 and scoring 127, his maiden century
. With Matthew Elliott he lifts Australia from 4 for 50 to 9 declared for 501.
Playing the naughty boy
Goes nightclubbing after a one-day match against England and early the next morning is photographed with a black eye after being punched outside a Sydney bar. Receives a three-match ban and $5000 suspended fine, and admits to a drinking problem.
Struggles against spin in India, scoring only 17 runs in five innings and falling to Harbhajan Singh each time.
The man in charge
Succeeds Steve Waugh as Australia's ODI captain.
The World Cup champs
Leads Australia's successful World Cup campaign in South Africa, scoring 140 not out
in the final.
December 26-30, 2003
Joins Bradman as the second player to score three double-centuries in a calendar year with 257 against India
at the MCG. He reached 242 in the previous match and 206 against West Indies in April, helping him to 1503 runs at 100.2 for 2003. His performances would win him the 2004 Allan Border Medal.
Captain in all forms
Takes over the Test captaincy as well after Steve Waugh retires. Leads Australia to a 3-0 victory in Sri Lanka, his first assignment.
A broken thumb keeps Ponting on the sidelines as Adam Gilchrist leads Australia to their first series win in India in 35 years. Ponting plays the final Test which Australia lose and take the series 2-1.
Scores 207 against Pakistan in Sydney
to become only the third Australian, along with Don Bradman and Greg Chappell, to score four or more double-centuries in Tests.
Beaten by Bangla
Suffers humiliating defeat in an ODI against Bangladesh in Cardiff
. It's the start of a torrid summer in England.
An Ashes setback
A heroic 156 saves the Old Trafford Test
but, on September 12, Ponting becomes the first Australian captain since Allan Border in 1986-87 to taste defeat in an Ashes series.
January 2-6, 2006
The perfect 100th Test
Ponting scores hundreds in each innings of his 100th Test
, against South Africa at the SCG.
March 24-28, 2006
Scores two more hundreds in the Durban Test
, it's the third time Ponting's scored hundreds in each innings of a Test. Sunil Gavaskar is the only other batsman to achieve this feat.
Champion of Champions
Leads Australia to Champions Trophy glory in India, thereby winning the only competition that had eluded Australia so far.
Regains the Ashes in emphatic style. Ponting is the Man of the Series - 576 runs at 82.28 - as Australia becomes the first team in 86 years to achieve an Ashes clean sweep.
Another World Cup title
Leads Australia to a hat-trick of World Cup wins, his second as captain, with an undefeated run during the competition in the West Indies.
Breaking a barren run
Ponting ends a 13-month century-less run with 140 against India in Adelaide
, at the end of a controversial series.
Next only to Sachin
Scores 35th Test century, against West Indies in Jamaica
, to pass Sunil Gavaskar and Brian Lara's tallies. Only Sachin Tendulkar is ahead of him.
Ending the India jinx
After averaging 12.28 in 14 innings, Ponting finally scores a century in India - a 123 in Bangalore
Ahead of Allan
Passes Allan Border's tally of 11,174 during the Edgbaston Test
to become Australia's highest run-scorer.
Another Ashes setback
Loses the Ashes for the second time, going down 2-1 in England.
Champion of Champions … again
Arrives in South Africa after a disappointing tour of England and successfully defends the Champions Trophy.
Scores fifth double-century, against Pakistan in Hobart
, and narrowly misses scoring a double-century and a century in the same Test.
A lean patch begins
Disappointing tours of New Zealand and England follow, where Ponting manages just one half-century in seven innings. Australia win the New Zealand Test series, but slip-up against Pakistan as the series is drawn 1-1.
Disappointment in India
A tour that is a personal high for Ponting, but a poor one for Australia as they are beaten 2-0 in the Test series. Ponting makes three fifties in four innings but all in vain.
November 2010-January 2011
Despair in Australia
Ponting presides over Australia's first Ashes series defeat at home since 1986-87. He makes just 103 runs in seven innings as Australia go down 3-1. Calls for his retirement intensify.
March 19, 2011
Unbeaten World Cup run ends
Ponting's 34-match unbeaten streak in World Cups is brought to an end as Pakistan win by four wickets in Colombo
March 24, 2011
A hero in defeat
India prevail in an exciting quarter-final
in Ahmedabad, knocking out Australia but Ponting overcomes a poor run and criticism about captaincy to score a determined century.
March 29, 2011
Ponting resigns as captain
Amid increasing pressure, Ponting steps down
as Australia's Test and ODI captain but makes himself available for selection with an intention to play on.
September 2, 2011
A hundred Test wins
Australia's 125-run victory in Galle
was Ponting's 100th Test win. He was the first cricketer to achieve that staggering landmark. Shane Warne is second with 92.
January 4, 2012
A Test century at last
After going two years, and 33 innings, without a Test hundred, Ponting finally ends that drought with a knock of 134
against India in Sydney. It's his sixth Test hundred at the SCG.
January 24-28, 2012
Ponting finishes an outstanding series against India by scoring 221 and 60 not out in Adelaide
. That lifts his series aggregate to 544, his third-best
ever in a Test series.
February 21, 2012
A farewell to ODIs
After being dropped from the CB Series because of his poor form - 18 runs in five innings - Ponting concedes that his ODI career is over. It's been quite a career too - 13,704 runs at 42.03, with three World Cup titles, including two as captain.
November 29, 2012
Ponting announces retirement from international cricket
During a poor home series against South Africa, Ponting announces on the eve of the third Test in Perth that it will be his last. His decision to retire from international cricket
came after he scored only 20 runs in three innings in the first two Tests.