I haven't reached my best: Ricky Ponting
After receiving the Aussie Cricketer of the Year award, the skipper says his best is yet to come.Updated: Feb 06, 2007, 14:08 IST
Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting sounded a warning to opponents on Tuesday when, after a stellar year, he said he hasn't yet reached his best.
Ponting was named Australia's cricketer of the year on Monday, winning the Allan Border Medal for the third time in four years and being judged his country's test and one-day player of the year. Unwilling to rest on his laurels, Ponting, 32, said there may be better still to come.
"I always feel that every day I go to training or every game I play I obviously want to improve and make myself a better player and a better leader," Ponting said.
"That's the aim. Whether or not I can remain as consistent as I have over the last couple of years is to be seen, but I'll give myself the best chance anyway."
Ponting is ranked the No.1 test batsman in the world and, of players who have scored more than 3000 runs, his average is second only to Sir Donald Bradman's.
"My career to date has probably gone better than I would have expected," he said.
"As a young kid all I ever wanted to do was play a game for Australia and I've been lucky enough to play 270 one-dayers and over 100 Tests.
"I'm pretty proud of those achievements but I don't sort of sit back and look at those things.
"I've never really been one for looking at stats either. There'll be plenty of time for doing all that when my career has come to an end."
Ponting said the past year, in which Australia recovered the Ashes from England, had been the best of his career. Australia is unbeaten in 17 tests since its Ashes defeat by England in England in 2005.
"It's been phenomenal since we returned from the Ashes '05, and our one-day record is pretty good as well."
"When you're a part of a team like this and you have a bit of personal success it obviously makes it a good time to be playing."