Ricky Ponting, Karen Rolton inducted into Australian cricket Hall of Fame
The formal induction of Ricky Ponting and Karen Rolton into Australian cricket Hall of Fame will happen at the 2018 Allan Border Medal Ceremony in Melbourne on Monday.cricket Updated: Feb 10, 2018 17:00 IST
Former Australia captains Ricky Ponting and Karen Rolton, and Norm ONeill, the ex-Test batsman, have been named as the latest inductees into the Australian Cricket Hall of fame. (India vs South Africa, 4th ODI - HIGHLIGHTS)
The formal induction will be at the 2018 Allan Border Medal Ceremony in Melbourne on Monday.
Ponting, the most capped Australian Test and One-Day International, is also the leading run-scorer for his country over both formats. He amassed 13,378 runs in 168 Tests at an outstanding 51.85 with 41 centuries, while in ODIs, he scored 13,704 runs in 375 outings at 42.03 with 30 centuries.
He also captained Australia a record 324 times during his 17-year international career across formats, and led them to back-to-back ICC Cricket World Cup titles in 2003 and 2007.
Ponting is also the only player in the world to have taken part in more than 100 Test victories. He played his final Test against South Africa at the WACA ground in Perth in 2012.
“Ricky Ponting is unquestionably one of the finest Test and one-day cricketers Australia has produced,” Peter King, the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame Chairman, said in a cricket.com.au statement.
“An exceptional fieldsman, he has an outstanding record as a top-order batsman and captain, and was a key figure during a highly successful era in Australian cricket. That only he and Sachin Tendulkar have scored more than 13,000 runs in both Test and one-day cricket speaks volumes of his place in the game’s history.”
Ponting game to coach Australia T20 side
Ponting has set his eyes on coaching the national side in the T20 format. Ponting, who is currently assisting all-format coach Darren Lehmann in the ongoing Trans-Tasman T20 series also featuring England and New Zealand, wants to take over the mantle in the shortest format of the game once Lehmann’s contract ends in 2019.
Australia are looking for separate coaches for different formats. “I know Cricket Australia are looking down that path ... I’ve been talking to CA for a little while about succession planning with coaching in the shorter forms of the game,” Ponting said after being named in the Australian Cricket Hall of fame. The formal induction will be done at the 2018 Allan Border Medal Ceremony in Melbourne on Monday.
First Published: Feb 10, 2018 16:59 IST