Matthew Wade has copped more proverbial bouncers at the throat recently than you could poke a stick at. All through it he’s pressed on, despite being rested for the first part of the one-day series this summer against Sri Lanka.
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.