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Ponting hits second ton in match

The Australian captain was hailed by teammate Matthew Hayden as the best batsman in the world after he hit two centuries in a Test match for the third time this season.

india Updated: Mar 28, 2006 08:56 IST
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Australian captain Ricky Ponting was hailed by teammate Matthew Hayden as the best batsman in the world after he hit two centuries in a Test match for the third time this season at Kingsmead on Monday.

Ponting and Hayden put on 201 for the second wicket to set up an Australian declaration on the fourth day of the second Test against South Africa, but bad light thwarted their push for victory, with play called off soon after tea when South Africa, set an improbable 410 to win, were 29 for no wicket.

Ponting added 116 to his first innings 103, while Hayden hit 102.

"Ricky is head and shoulders the number one in the world," said Hayden.

"On all surfaces and in all conditions he's been a wonderful player for the past 18 months or two years.

"At such a young age he's mastered all conditions. He's a generational player. He's definitely going to be (remembered as) one of Australia's finest for years to come."

Hayden said the weather was a worry, with more cloud and possible rain predicted for Tuesday.

"The pitch seems to have settled down nicely and we'll have to work very hard for our win," he said. "We'll need a full day's play although (leg-spinner) Shane Warne could come into his own. It will turn a lot."

In an attempt to keep play under way in poor light today, Ponting used medium-pacer Andrew Symonds and Warne after tea but only another 2.