Ponting wins McGilvray Medal
Ricky Ponting on Friday was awarded the McGilvray Medal as the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Test cricketer of 2003.india Updated: Jan 02, 2004 14:44 IST
Ricky Ponting on Friday was awarded the McGilvray Medal as the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's (ABC) Test cricketer of 2003.
Ponting had a stellar year accumulating 1,503 runs at 100.20, the best in Test cricket, including six centuries, three of them double-centuries.
He joined the legendary Don Bradman as the only players in Test cricket to score three double-centuries in a calendar year.
Ponting, who will take over as captain when Steve Waugh retires after the current Sydney Test, also broke teammate Matthew Hayden's Australian record of 1,391 runs accumulated in 2001.
The 29-year-old captain-in-waiting has scored two double-centuries in the current series against India -- 242 in the second Adelaide Test and a Test-best 257 in nearly 10 hours' batting in the third Melbourne Test.
The medal was presented to Ponting by the Australian Prime Minister John Howard in the team dressing room after the opening day's play in the fourth Sydney Test on Friday.
The McGilvray Medal honours broadcaster Alan McGilvray, who was the voice of cricket on Australian radio for more than 50 years.