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Ricky Ponting
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Personal information
Full name Ricky Thomas Ponting
Born 19 December 1974 (1974-12-19) (age 42)
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Nickname Punter
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Batting style Right-hand
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Right-arm off break
Role Batsman
Relations Greg Campbell (uncle)
International information
National side Australia
Test debut (cap 366) 8 December 1995 v Sri Lanka
Last Test 3 December 2012 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 123) 15 February 1995 v South Africa
Last ODI 19 February 2012 v India
ODI shirt no. 14
T20I debut (cap 10) 17 February 2005 v New Zealand
Last T20I 8 June 2009 v Sri Lanka
T20I shirt no. 14
Domestic team information
Years Team
1992 – Tasmania
2004 Somerset
2008 Kolkata Knight Riders
2011 – Hobart Hurricanes
Career statistics
Competition Test ODIs T20I FC
Matches 168 375 17 280
Runs scored 13,378 13,704 401 23,101
Batting average 51.85 42.03 28.64 55.13
100s/50s 41/62 30/82 0/2 78/103
Top score 257 164 98* 257
Balls bowled 575 150 1,470
Wickets 5 3 14
Bowling average 54.60 34.66 57.07
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a n/a 0
Best bowling 1/0 1/12 2/10
Catches/stumpings 195/– 160/– 8/– 298/–
Source: [1], 3 December 2012

Ricky Thomas Ponting (born 19 December 1974 in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia), nicknamed Punter, is the current captain of the Australian cricket team. He is a specialist right-handed batsman, slips and close catching fielder, as well as a very occasional bowler. He represents the Tasmanian Tigers in Australian domestic cricket and plays in the Indian Premier League with the Kolkata Knight Riders.

Ponting made his first-class debut for Tasmania in November 1992, when just 17 years and 337 days old-becoming the youngest Tasmanian to play in a Sheffield Shield match. However he had to wait until 1995 before making his One Day International debut, during a quadrangular tournament in New Zealand in a match against South Africa. His Test debut followed shortly after, when selected for the first Test of the 1995 home series against Sri Lanka in Perth, in which he scored 96. He lost his place in the national team several times in the period before early-1999, due to lack of form and discipline, before becoming One Day International captain in early-2002 and Test captain in early-2004.

After being involved in over 160 Tests and 370 ODIs, Ponting is Australia's leading run-scorer in Test and ODI cricket. He is one of only three players in history to have scored 13,000 Test runs. Statistically, he is the most successful captain of all time, with 48 victories in 77 Tests between 2004 and 31 December 2010, while as a player he is also the only cricketer in history to be involved in 100 Test victories.

On 29 November 2012 Ponting announced his retirement from Test cricket, the day before he would play in the Perth Test against South Africa. This was his 168th and last Test appearance, equalling the Australian record held by Steve Waugh. Ricky Ponting retired on 3 December 2012 with a Test batting average of 51.85.

1974–1995: Early life

Birth and personal life

Born in Launceston, Tasmania on 19 December 1974, Ricky Ponting is the eldest of Graeme and Lorraine Ponting's four children. Graeme was "a good club cricketer" and played Australian rules football, while Lorraine was a state vigoro champion. His uncle Greg Campbell played test cricket for Australia in 1989 and 1990. Ponting's parents first lived in Prospect 4.1 km (2.5 mi) south of city centre; however, they moved into the working-class area of Newnham, 6 km (3.7 mi) north of central Launceston.

After marrying long-time girlfriend, law student Rianna Jennifer Cantor, in June 2002, Ponting credited her as the reason for his increased maturity. Their daughter Emmy Charlotte was born in Sydney on 26 July 2008. Second daughter Matisse Ellie was born in Sydney on 8 September 2011.

List of Test cricket centuries

Key
  • * denotes that he remained not out.
  • denotes that he was the captain of the Australian team in that match.
  • Pos. denotes his position in the batting order.
  • Test denotes the number of the Test match played in that series.
  • Inn. denotes the number of innings in the Test match.
  • H/A denotes whether the venue was in home (Australia) or away.
  • Lost denotes that the match was lost by Australia.
  • Won denotes that the match was won by Australia.
No. Score Against Pos. Inn. Test Venue H/A Date Result
1 127 Flag of England England 6 2 4 Headingley, Leeds Away 01997-07-2424 July 1997 Won[1]
2 105 Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa 6 1 1 Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Home 01997-12-2626 December 1997 Draw[2]
3 104 Flag of West Indies West Indies 6 1 3 Kensington Oval, Bridgetown Away 01999-03-2626 March 1999 Lost[3]
4 105* Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka 6 1 3 Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo Away 01999-09-3030 September 1999 Draw[4]
5 197 Flag of Pakistan Pakistan 6 2 3 WACA, Perth Home 01999-11-2626 November 1999 Won[5]
6 125 Flag of India India 6 1 1 Adelaide Oval, Adelaide Home 01999-12-1010 December 1999 Won[6]
7 141* Flag of India India 6 2 3 Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney Home 02000-01-022 January 2000 Won[7]
8 144 Flag of England England 3 1 4 Headingley, Leeds Away 02001-08-1616 August 2001 Lost[8]
9 157* Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 3 1 2 Bellerive Oval, Hobart Home 02001-11-2222 November 2001 Draw[9]
10 100* Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa 3 4 2 Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town Away 02002-03-088 March 2002 Won[10]
11 141 Flag of Pakistan Pakistan 3 1 1 Saravanamuttu Stadium, Colombo Neutral 02002-10-033 October 2002 Won[11]
12 150 Flag of Pakistan Pakistan 3 1 3 Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah Neutral 02002-10-1919 October 2002 Won[12]
13 123 Flag of England England 3 1 1 Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane Home 02002-11-077 November 2002 Won[13]
14 154 Flag of England England 3 2 2 Adelaide Oval, Adelaide Home 02002-11-2121 November 2002 Won[14]
15 117 Flag of West Indies West Indies 3 2 1 Bourda, Georgetown Away 02003-04-1010 April 2003 Won[15]
16 206 Flag of West Indies West Indies 3 1 2 Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain Away 02003-04-1919 April 2003 Won[16]
17 113 Flag of West Indies West Indies 3 1 3 Kensington Oval, Bridgetown Away 02003-05-011 May 2003 Won[17]
18 169 Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe 3 2 2 Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney Home 02003-10-1717 October 2003 Won[18]
19 242 Flag of India India 3 1 2 Adelaide Oval, Adelaide Home 02003-12-1212 December 2003 Lost[19]
20 257 Flag of India India 3 2 3 Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Home 02003-12-2626 December 2003 Won[20]
21 207♠ Flag of Pakistan Pakistan 3 2 3 Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney Home 02005-01-022 January 2005 Won[21]
22 105♠ Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 3 2 3 Eden Park, Auckland Away 02005-03-2626 March 2005 Won[22]
23 156♠ Flag of England England 3 4 3 Old Trafford, Manchester Away 02005-08-1111 August 2005 Draw[23]
24 149♠ Flag of West Indies West Indies 3 1 1 Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane Home 02005-11-033 November 2005 Won[24]
25 104*♠ Flag of West Indies West Indies 3 3 1 Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane Home 02005-11-033 November 2005 Won[24]
26 117♠ Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa 3 1 2 Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Home 02005-12-2626 December 2005 Won[25]
27 120♠ Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa 3 2 3 Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney Home 02006-01-022 January 2006 Won[26]
28 143*♠ Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa 3 4 3 Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney Home 02006-01-022 January 2006 Won[26]
29 103♠ Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa 3 1 2 Kingsmead, Durban Away 02006-03-2424 March 2006 Won[27]
30 116♠ Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa 3 3 2 Kingsmead, Durban Away 02006-03-2424 March 2006 Won[27]
31 118*♠ Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh 3 4 1 Narayanganj Osmani Stadium, Fatullah Away 02006-04-099 April 2006 Won[28]
32 196♠ Flag of England England 3 1 1 Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane Home 02006-11-2323 November 2006 Won[29]
33 142♠ Flag of England England 3 2 2 Adelaide Oval, Adelaide Home 02006-12-011 December 2006 Won[30]
34 140♠ Flag of India India 3 2 4 Adelaide Oval, Adelaide Home 02008-01-2424 January 2008 Draw[31]
35 158♠ Flag of West Indies West Indies 3 1 1 Sabina Park, Kingston Away 02008-05-2222 May 2008 Won[32]
36 123♠ Flag of India India 3 1 1 M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore Away 02008-10-099 October 2008 Draw[33]
37 101♠ Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa 3 1 2 Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Home 02008-12-2626 December 2008 Lost[34]
38 150♠ Flag of England England 3 2 1 Sophia Gardens, Cardiff Away 02009-07-088 July 2009 Draw[35]
39 209♠ Flag of Pakistan Pakistan 3 1 3 Bellerive Oval, Hobart Home 02010-01-1414 January 2010 Won[36]
40 134 Flag of India India 4 2 2 Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney Home 02012-01-044 January 2012 Won[37]
41 221 Flag of India India 4 1 4 Adelaide Oval, Adelaide Home 02012-01-2424 January 2012 Won

External links

References

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Batsmen with a Test batting average above 50 vte
Australia Donald Bradman (99.94) • Greg Chappell (53.86) • Michael Clarke (52.96) • Ricky Ponting (51.85) • Jack Ryder (51.62) • Michael Hussey (51.52) • Steve Waugh (51.06) • Matthew Hayden (50.73) • Allan Border (50.56)
England Herbert Sutcliffe (60.73) • Eddie Paynter (59.23) • Ken Barrington (58.67) • Wally Hammond (58.45) • Jack Hobbs (56.94) • Len Hutton (56.67) • Ernest Tyldesley (55.00) • Denis Compton (50.06)
India Cheteshwar Pujara (65.55) • Sachin Tendulkar (53.78) • Vinod Kambli (54.20) • Rahul Dravid (52.31) • Sunil Gavaskar (51.12)
Pakistan Javed Miandad (52.57) • Mohammad Yousuf (52.29) • Younus Khan (50.74)
South Africa Graeme Pollock (60.97) • Jacques Kallis (56.10) • Dudley Nourse (53.81) • Hashim Amla (52.11) • AB de Villiers (50.50)
Sri Lanka Kumar Sangakkara (55.80)
West Indies * George Headley (60.83) • Everton Weekes (58.61) • Garfield Sobers (57.78) • Clyde Walcott (56.68) • Charlie Davis (54.20) • Brian Lara (53.17) • Shivnarine Chanderpaul (51.67) • Viv Richards (50.23)
Zimbabwe Andy Flower (51.54)


Batsmen with a ODI batting average above 40 vte
Australia George Bailey (54.96) • Michael Bevan (53.58) • Michael Hussey (48.15) • Adam Voges (45.78) • Michael Clarke (45.12) • Dean Jones (44.61) • Matthew Hayden (43.80) • Ricky Ponting (42.03) • Shane Watson (41.71) • Callum Ferguson (41.43) • Damien Martyn (40.80) • Greg Chappell (40.18)
Bangladesh Nasir Hossain (42.88)
England Jonathan Trott (51.25) • Kevin Pietersen (40.73) • Nick Knight (40.41) • Chris Broad (40.02)
India Mahendra Singh Dhoni (52.43) • Virat Kohli (51.77) • Shikhar Dhawan (46.08) • Sachin Tendulkar (44.83) • Sourav Ganguly (41.02)
New Zealand Glenn Turner (47.00)
Pakistan Zaheer Abbas (47.62) • Misbah-ul-Haq (45.13) • Mohammad Yousuf (41.71) • Javed Miandad (41.70)
South Africa Hashim Amla (54.85) • AB de Villiers (48.50) • Jacques Kallis (45.26) • Boeta Dippenaar (42.23) • Lance Klusener (41.10) • Gary Kirsten (40.95)
West Indies Viv Richards (47.00) • Gordon Greenidge (45.03) • Ramnaresh Sarwan (42.67) • Shivnarine Chanderpaul (41.60) • Desmond Haynes (41.37) • Brian Lara (40.48)
The Netherlands Ryan ten Doeschate (67.00)

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