Posts Tagged Ricky-Ponting

Pakistan shaky as Australia’s fast men fire

January 17, 2010 | Cricket, General | | No Comments

pontingAustralia’s fast bowlers brought their side three wickets closer to a series clean-sweep as Pakistan wobbled under cloudy skies at Bellerive Oval. Following Simon Katich’s century and Ricky Ponting’s 89, Australia set Pakistan 438 for victory and the visitors lost both openers within their first ten overs and then Mohammad Yousuf just before tea to significantly dent their chances of saving the game.

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Australia extend lead to 277 after Butt ton

January 16, 2010 | Cricket, General | | No Comments

salmanSalman Butt third Test century and Ricky Ponting’s decision not to enforce the follow-on should ensure the Hobart Test goes for the full five days, although Australia remain in control with a 277-run advantage. After the second day’s play, Ponting talked up the likelihood of making Pakistan bat again straight away, but his mind was changed when it took the bowlers 105.4 overs to dismiss them the first time.

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Ponting voted Player of the Decade

January 14, 2010 | Cricket, General | | No Comments

pontingRicky Ponting has been voted Player of the Decade by an overwhelming majority by a jury comprising former and current players and cricket writers.

Ponting got 60 points (a first-place vote fetched three points, a second place two, and third place one), 23 more than second-placed Jacques Kallis. Adam Gilchrist was ranked third (29 points), while positions four to seven went to Muttiah Muralitharan, Glenn McGrath, Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne.

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Australia ride to safety on Ponting and Clarke tons

January 14, 2010 | Cricket, General | | No Comments

pontingOn the day when he was voted the world’s best cricketer of the past ten years, Ricky Ponting showed his use-by date didn’t arrive with the end of the decade. Ponting and Michael Clarke each scored centuries in a merciless 231-run partnership that left Pakistan dejected, bereft of ideas, and rueful of yet another dropped catch that took their tally to 14 for the series.

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Ponting can’t get Ashes out of his head

January 13, 2010 | Cricket, General | | No Comments

pontingAustralia’s series against Pakistan is not yet finished but Ricky Ponting’s men are already looking ahead to next summer’s Ashes with “a lot of excitement”. Australia have not suffered a Test defeat following the loss at The Oval last year and with only four more five-day games between this week’s Hobart match and the start of the Ashes in November, Ponting is already challenging his side to keep improving so they can regain the urn.

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Ponting won’t give up pulling

January 10, 2010 | Cricket, General | | No Comments

pontingRicky Ponting believes his pulling will become less risky as soon as his injured elbow heals properly. Ponting has been dismissed twice to the shot during the Pakistan series and there have been calls for him to shelve it to extend his outstanding career.

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Asif shines with six on Pakistan’s day

January 3, 2010 | Cricket, General | | No Comments

asifMohammad Asif completed a career-best six-wicket haul as part of Pakistan’s broader demolition of Australia that called into question Ricky Ponting’s decision to bat first on a Sydney green-top. In union with Mohammad Sami, who dismissed Australia’s top three batsmen before the first drinks break, Asif exploited the heavy pitch and atmospheric conditions to full effect to rout Australia for 127 – their second-lowest total batting first at the SCG and worst at home since 1996.

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Australia unchanged for Sydney Test

December 30, 2009 | Cricket, General | | No Comments

pontingRicky Ponting has declared himself a certain starter for the Sydney Test beginning on Sunday despite suffering more pain than he expected in his hurt elbow during the win at the MCG. Australia have named an unchanged 12-man squad for the second Test, resisting the urge to add Steven Smith as a second spinner following Pakistan’s struggles against Nathan Hauritz in Melbourne.

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On song Australia back up their leader

December 27, 2009 | Cricket, General | | No Comments

johnsonAustralia’s bowlers vindicated Ricky Ponting’s bold first innings declaration with a disciplined and aggressive display on the second day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Shane Watson and Nathan Hauritz followed their enterprising half-centuries with a top-order wicket apiece, but the major blow was landed by Peter Siddle on the stroke of stumps when Mohammad Yousuf, the Pakistan captain, was ruled by Billy Doctrove not to have edged a to Brad Haddin, only to have the decision overturned by the video umpire.

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Ponting needs bigger role in team’s behaviour

December 27, 2009 | Cricket, General | | No Comments

pontingMark Taylor believes Ricky Ponting has to do more to stop Australia’s on-field exchanges escalating into significant incidents and has called for all players to follow the spirit of cricket. In the final two Tests against West Indies the hosts had four players reported, with Brad Haddin, Mitchell Johnson and Shane Watson fined for their indiscretions.

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