Will Ricky Ponting taste more Ashes success?

October 28, 2010 at 10:13 am Leave a comment


Tough, uncompromising and determined, Ricky Ponting encapsulates everything that Australian’s love about their sportsmen.

The 35-year-old has a string of records to his name. He Australia’s most successful run-maker and sits below only the great Don Bradman in the overall ratings. He became the most successful captain in Test history after passing Steve Waugh’s 41 wins in the 2009-10 Boxing Day Test against Pakistan. In the same match he overtook Shane Warne’s 92 victories as the most by an individual, he has never lost a World Cup game and only another cricketing legend – Sachin Tendulkar – has more centuries in Tests and ODIs than Ponting.

But what also marks Ponting out is his leadership. After dropping in and out of the team in the late 90s due to personal problems, Ponting eventually took over from Steve Waugh as test captain in 2004. Initially he had the likes of Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath to call on, making his life relatively easy, but as those players slowly retired he had to adapt his game. The 2005 Ashes defeat also hurt Ponting, he was the first Aussie captain to lose the Ashes since 1987, but his determination to put things right perhaps explained the comprehensive 5-0 whitewash down under two years later. The Ashes betting tips make the home side strong favourites and Ponting will be keen to gain revenge again.

That series saw Justin Langer, Warne and McGrath all hang up their boots so Ponting has now taken on role of nurturing skipper, helping the next generation of young Australians adapt to the international stage.

The side couldn’t retain the Ashes in 2009 but as Ponting heads home to what will probably be his last ever Ashes series he will be determined to go out on a high, something the Ashes betting suggests he has every chance of doing.

He remains the cornerstone of the batting line up and the one wicket England will want the most. The destiny of the 2010/11 Ashes series will rest partly on how Ponting performs, both with the bat and as skipper.

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