With Daniel Vettori injured and having to pull out of the Heat campaign, and Cricket South Africa not willing to release paceman Dale Steyn for his one-off game, the Brisbane Heat will be needing to make a couple of changes to its squad.
His final hurrah will be at the WACA, starting today, for the third test against South Africa. His record feats are etched not only in the record books, but also in the minds of every cricket fan. The cricketing great certainly has put his mark on the game forever.Highlights abound for the 37-year-old include: a 96 on debut in 1995; one-day captaincy in 2002 and test captaincy in 2004; twin centuries in his 100thtest; and six double centuries.
He will also become Australia’s most capped test player along with Steve Waugh on 168 matches (he also played 375 one-day internationals) and recorded the most wins as an Australian captain, with a total of 48.
From a young age Ponting was touted as an excellent cricketer. At the age of just 11, Ponting scored four centuries inside of a week during an under-13 tournament in Tasmania. He was in the same form for an under-16 competition shortly after. It was this form that sparked the beginning of a magical career.
Attention turns to the WACA on Friday as the third and final test between Australia and South Africa gets underway.
It has been a test of endurance and fitness this series, as bowlers and batters alike have toiled in the middle for hours on end.
For the Australians, the side injury to James Pattinson is a bitter blow for both the paceman and the Australian team. After being injured last summer, Pattinson will once again sit on the sidelines for the majority of Australia’s summer campaign.
Here’s a look at the areas for both teams in which could prove vital in Perth:
(At the time of writing, the squad is unconfirmed)
Adelaide Oval will see a very fierce battle begin on Thursday, as the Aussies take on South Africa in the second test.
With the first match at the Gabba ending in a draw, Michael Clarke will be looking to put the South Africans back in their box. Having had the entirety of Day 2 of the first test washed out, making the chance of an outright result small, both teams will be looking to stamp their mark on the series. Continue reading Cricket: Australia v South Africa: Second Test Preview→
Hobart’s cricketing “purple power” is back for BBL|02 and primed to make another run for the finals. The Hurricanes welcome back a strong team from BBL|01, including a couple of new signings, and some players who have made the move from other teams.
The Hurricanes first game is against the Brisbane Heat on December 9. Let’s take a look at some key players and stats for the upcoming season:
Ricky Ponting: “Punter” was limited to just one game in the inaugural Big Bash League season due to international commitments. The veteran 37 year old will be back once again to add strength and experience to a strong batting line-up. Never backs down from a pull or hook shot, and is a sublime timer of the ball. Reinvigorated form after last summer but must keep going to ensure national spot. Continue reading Cricket: Under The Microscope: Hobart Hurricanes→