Birth and personal life[ edit ] Ponting with his wife Rianna in Graeme was "a good club cricketer" and played Australian rules football , while Lorraine was a state vigoro champion. In January , he took part in the five-day annual Northern Tasmania junior cricket competition. Ponting took this form into the Unders week-long competition less than a month later, scoring an even century on the final day. This was before he broke the humerus in his right arm playing for North Launceston Under—17s as a year-old.

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Birth and personal life[ edit ] Ponting with his wife Rianna in Graeme was "a good club cricketer" and played Australian rules football , while Lorraine was a state vigoro champion. In January , he took part in the five-day annual Northern Tasmania junior cricket competition. Ponting took this form into the Unders week-long competition less than a month later, scoring an even century on the final day. This was before he broke the humerus in his right arm playing for North Launceston Under—17s as a year-old.

However, he had to wait until before making his ODI 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 home series against Sri Lanka in Perth, in which he scored He lost his place in the national team several times in the period before early, due to lack of form and discipline, before becoming One Day International captain in early and Test captain in early He followed this up with 25 against Western Australia in a narrow loss.

After setting a goal of scoring runs in the season, he ended up scoring at Australian success was limited, with only several wins. No batsman scored a century, despite Ponting reaching 99 not out in a one-day game in Colombo. He finished the tour second highest in the aggregates, behind Langer. Set in overs, Ponting scored in a run partnership that ended with Tasmania needing just 41 runs for victory.

Despite Tasmania losing four quick wickets, they won with four wickets in hand. The last match was also successful for the home team, with Ponting not required to bat. Speculation again arose that Ponting could become a candidate for the upcoming tour to the West Indies. The century was his fifth successive against Western Australia; Sir Donald Bradman is the only other batsman to score five consecutive centuries against another state in Shield history.

In a drawn match Ponting compiled a half-century. Australian captain Mark Taylor was not a fan of this change as many fans supported Australia A rather than the national team. Despite the negative feedback it gave Ponting a chance on the international stage. Ponting made his debut against South Africa at number six in the batting order.

Australia secured another victory in their next match, this time against New Zealand in Auckland, where Ponting scored 10 not out, after coming to wicket late in the innings.

His highest series score came in the third International where Australia lost to India in Dunedin. Ponting was promoted to number three in the batting order and responded by scoring 62 from 92 balls. The innings was scored without a boundary and was based on "deft placement and judicious running.

Ponting returned to number six and was seven not out when the winning runs were scored. However, he had kept wicket in pre-season matches and during centre wicket practice. In any case Ponting was selected as a specialist batsman.

It was like all my birthdays had come at once. I had some reservations about making my Test debut against arguably the best fast bowling attack in the world", Ponting later said. Nevertheless, Ponting did not expect to be selected. Ponting—batting at three—was involved in a run partnership with Steve Waugh; however, he was dismissed for 43 when he lifted an attempted pull shot. Mark Waugh returned for the next match and Ponting was subsequently dropped until he replaced an out-of-form David Boon in the fifth and final match, where Ponting got a second-ball duck.

In a three-day warm-up match ahead of the Tests, Ponting scored 19, with Greg Blewett scoring a century and Langer compiling a half-century.

Ponting struggled, aggregating 99 runs at a modest By the end of October, he had signed a contract with the Australian Cricket Board , along with 22 other Australian cricketers. Ahead of the following match against Queensland in Hobart, Ponting set himself a goal of scoring a century in each innings; a feat he achieved in a high-scoring draw.

His form continued against the touring Sri Lankans in a one-day game in Devonport , scoring He scored another century against the same opposition in Launceston.

And I hope he does. If Ricky carries with him the same attitude that he has seen him succeed at First-class cricket to the next level there is no reason why he will not continue to score. He started nervously, edging his first ball past first slip for a boundary from off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan. When Ponting reached 96, Chaminda Vaas hit Ponting high on his thigh and was given out leg before wicket. He combined with Stuart Law , also playing on debut, for a partnership of This was only the ninth ever century partnership by debutants in Test cricket.

Australia won yet again, sweeping the series 3—0, and Ponting was in full praise of Boon. However, the effort was not enough to prevent Sri Lanka from victory. He continued to be inconsistent with scores of 12 and 33 against India and Zimbabwe, before becoming the youngest batsman to score a World Cup century, when he scored runs from balls against the West Indies in Jaipur.

The effort was not enough, as Australia lost by four wickets. In another spiteful encounter, some players refused to shake hands after the match. Despite the political environment being more assured than during the World Cup, Australia still struggled to defeat the Sri Lankans, now full of confidence.

Australia overpowered Zimbabwe, before going down the home side. They regrouped and defeated India; however, Sri Lanka defeated Australia, this time in the final. Ponting scored: 53, 46 not out, 0 and 17 for the series. Foreshadowing his future Test struggles in India, Ponting made 13 and 14 in a seven-wicket defeat. After a "scratchy" game against South Africa, Ponting was rested for the next match against India. Nevertheless, he was recalled for the return match against South Africa, making The series ending poorly for Ponting, being bowled for a duck, as India won the finals.

After two Test matches and three scores under 10, he was replaced by Justin Langer , [81] despite scoring 88 in the First Test. Many "experts" thought the decision was unjustifiable. Former Australian coach, Bob Simpson, said: "I really feel that Ricky could have been persevered with.

Despite struggling at first, he scored twin centuries against South Australia in Hobart, and proceeded to score another ton against Queensland. He was not selected for the first three Tests; England won the first, Australia the third, and the second was drawn. Ponting was given three one-dayers and First-class match against Glamorgan to try and push his case for a Test inclusion. He scored a century in the latter, but managed just five against Middlesex in the last match before the Fourth Test.

Michael Bevan was eventually dropped for Ponting, due to poor form and troubles against the short ball. He added a fifty in the next match and ended the series with runs at He scored 76 in the third and deciding final against South Africa, which Australia won.

Sachin Tendulkar struck a double century in the opening warm-up match as the Australian bowlers struggled to cope with the conditions. Ponting came into the Test series with first-class scores of 53, 37 and behind him. Batting at five and seven in the batting order respectively, he scored 18 in the first innings and two in the second on a "dusty turning track" in the opening Test in Chennai.

The Indian media reported that Ponting was misbehaving with several women in the nightclub. When we arrived at the nightclub this same guy spoke to the doorman.

He explained that we were Australian cricketers and after a few minutes, they let us in. Everyone was having a good time and knocking down a few beers and the next thing I knew I was asked to leave by one of the security guys. I am usually the last one to leave a nightclub and I wanted to stay, and there was a scuffle but that is all there was to it.

Thankfully I had enough witnesses to prove it. Ponting scored 16 his only innings as Australia won by eight wickets. He finished the series with runs at In consecutive tournaments in India and Sharjah following the Tests, Ponting scored runs at In the spinners second over, Ponting took him for four then lofted him over mid-wicket for six next ball.

The following delivery saw Ponting use his feet in an attempt to get to the pitch of the ball but missed the shot and was consequently stumped. After the dismissal the pair clashed verbally. Ponting wrote, "The Sharjah incident was the result of me being over-competitive but it had the potential to get quite nasty. I was really disappointed with the shot I played [to get dismissed] and when I looked up Harbahjan was right in my face giving me the finger [gesturing for Ponting to leave the ground with his index finger] and really mouthing off.

Had he been a few more metres away from me I would have not reacted like I did or at the most I would have given him a bit of lip as I walked past. I just over-reacted to the provocation.

The left-hander was perceived to be a better player of spin and a better prospect on the dry pitches of the Indian subcontinent than Ponting. Ponting was replaced by Lehmann for the final Test. In a tournament hosted in Bangladesh, South Africa were eventual victors, defeating the West Indies in the final.

In the final match, Ponting scored not out from balls, [71] [91] as Australia chased down with six wickets to spare. When the Australians returned for the home series against England, Ponting was "in the worst run-scoring groove in his first-class career. Ponting was a permanent fixture in the ODI team throughout this period, and scored runs at He sustained a black eye in the fight. He also thought that his career was on "thin ice" and he had "overstepped" the mark, along with admitting that the episode may have ended his International captaincy aspirations.

However, he was unable to force his way into the side in the first two tests, [] with number three, Justin Langer, and number six, Greg Blewett, cementing their places in the side. Before the third Test, Blewett suffered a hand injury and Ponting was recalled into the side. On a pitch that became increasingly flat throughout the day, Ponting—who came to the crease with the score at 4——joined Steve Waugh in a partnership.


Best extracts from Ricky Ponting's upcoming autobiography, At The Close of Play

Initially, he used to play cricket for the Mowbray Cricket Club in Launceston. At the age of 11, in —86, he played for under 13s cricket team. When he was 15 years old, he had a keen interest in football, but later left this game due to an injury to his elbow. In , he was knocked out of a Sydney bar and was found unconscious outside the building. During his international matches, he had some difference of opinions and argumentations with Indian bowler Harbhajan Singh , but later they both came close to each other while playing for Mumbai Indians in the IPL. In , he scored against India at Adelaide Test but lost the match. He is also a medium pacer who had 8 international wickets.


Ricky Ponting Biography, Age, Wife, Children, Family, Wiki & More

Ponting gained a reputation as a cricket prodigy when he scored four centuries a century is runs in a single innings for the Unders in a Tasmanian cricket week and two more when promoted to the Under team. By age 20 he had made his Test international match debut and had been hailed by some as the new Don Bradman , who was considered by many the best cricketer of the 20th century. A maiden Test century came at Leeds on the tour of England. When Test captain Steve Waugh retired in , Ponting was his natural successor. Ponting followed that with an impressive —06 season, wherein he scored 1, runs an average of 78 per match , including seven centuries. In January he marked his th Test with innings of and not out against South Africa in Sydney.

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