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Ricky Ponting is the greatest batsman produced by Australian cricket, ever. I know there are many oldies who would argue as Bradman was the best but I firmly believe Sir Don played in an era when cricket wasn't as rutheless and demanding as it is now in morden day when Ponting has mesmerised world wide audiences..
TV replays have made batsmen's life difficult, finding chunk in their armour series after series while Bradman played against just 4 country in his whole career whereas Ricky has centuries against all 9 other test playing nations.
Thinking along those lines, I realised a list of all test century made by Ricky Ponting will be an interesting read, seeing how Aussie run machine has gone through his career. so, here it is :-
Ricky Ponting's highest test score is 257 at Melbourne cricket ground back in December 2003, against India. His second best individual score is 242 as you can see in following table but interestingly, both of these biggest innings by Tasmania tiger came in back to back matches but didn't fetch a win for his team.. Indians managed to draw that 3rd test after winning that Adelaide match, coming from behind, chasing down 233 in 4th innings, the exact score that Rahul Dravid made in 1st innings to inspire visitors. Overall, Ricky has 5 double century besides getting out in 190s twice and 6 times in 90s.
Ricky Ponting's first test century was against England at Leeds in 1997 Ashes series and so far, Aussie legend has scored 18 century away from home. Ricky scored no century in year 2007, 2004 and 1998 but his most prolific year have been 2006 in which he made no less than 7 century in a calender year.
It's no secret that Ponting enjoys fast bowling rather than spinners as his most runs have come against South Africans but has a solitary century against spin heavy Sri Lankans. Ricky Ponting has batted at number 3 for 9 consecutive years now and all his hundreds have come either at no.3 position or no.6 where he started his career before being promoted up the order.
Ricky is a fast scorer, so I noticed his slowest test century as the one he made against West Indies back in March 1999. Ricky, with a strike rate of less than 36 runs per hundred balls, was giving support to captain Steve Waugh who made 199 in that game but Windies managed to win the match, by 1 wkt.