Five great Ponting innings

  • Last Updated: December 3 2012, 10:35 GMT

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting brought down the curtain on his celebrated international career in third Test defeat to South Africa in Perth.

Ricky Ponting celebrates his highest Test score back in Melbourne in 2003
Ricky Ponting celebrates his highest Test score back in Melbourne in 2003

Ponting began his Test career 17 years ago at the WACA Ground and in between time has produced some of the most memorable performances with bat in hand.

Here we pick out five of his best.

HIGHEST TEST SCORE v India in Melbourne 2003

Ponting smashed 257 to turn the series against India - Steve Waugh's last as captain - after the tourists looked set for a rare triumph Down Under.

India were 1-0 up following the previous Test in Adelaide, despite another Ponting double ton, and raced to 329 for four on Boxing Day at the MCG.

From there Ponting took over as he batted for almost 10 hours on the way to becoming, at that point, the only batsman after Donald Bradman to score three double centuries in a calendar year.

TWO CENTURIES IN HIS 100TH TEST v South Africa in Sydney 2006

Ponting became the first player to score two centuries in his 100th Test as Australia clinched the series against South Africa with a thrilling final-day chase.

Ponting made 120 in the first innings but it was his unbeaten 143, from 159 balls, second time around that stuck in the memory.

Set 287 from 76 overs Ponting got Australia home with a stunning 15.3 overs in hand.

WORLD CUP FINAL v India in Johannesburg 2003

Ponting put the seal on his first major trophy as Australia captain with one of the finest one-day innings of all time.

The Tasmanian bullied the India attack, towering most of his eight sixes high into The Bullring stands, as he finished unbeaten on 140 from 121 balls.

India never threatened to chase down the target as Australia went unbeaten at the tournament.

OLD TRAFFORD REARGUARD v England in Manchester 2005

Ponting saved Australia from falling behind in the 2005 Ashes as he battled his way to 156 on a tired Old Trafford pitch.

With none of his team-mates managing to get past 40, Ponting batted for nearly seven hours only to fall late on the final day.

Last pair Glenn McGrath and Brett Lee memorably survived 24 balls for a draw the tourists celebrated like they had rarely done before.

INDIAN REDEMPTION v India in Bangalore 2008

Ponting arrived in the sub-continent for his fourth tour of India having averaged just 12 on his previous visits to the country.

His response was to record his first, and only, Test century in India in the series opener.

Ponting hit 123 until he eventually fell victim to Harbhajan Singh - his tormentor in previous series.


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