Ponting eager to push on still at age 37

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    On Thursday, Anthony Mundine for once in his colourful career said something with a lot of merit, “Age ain’t nothin’ but a thing.

    “That’s what’s the problem with you people in Australia, you just think that at 37, or 31 when you’re playing football you’re done, you’re over; but you’re not done. If your desire’s there, your dedication, your hard work, your determination, that’s all you’ve got to show.”

    The former Australian Test captain Ricky Ponting is echoing Mundine’s sentiments in what will be his 13th Australian summer of cricket, which starts on November 5 against the Proteas.

    Just like Mundine, Ponting is also 37 and still feels he has just as much to offer now compared to ten years ago as a bellicose top-order batsman with a hook-shot like none other in world cricket.

    “I wouldn’t be here as a 37 year old if I didn’t enjoy the game as much as I did,” Ponting said.

    “The contest for me still means as much as ever but once that one-on-one competitiveness goes, then it’s probably time for me not to be playing.”

    Ponting’s expiry date has been a point of discussion for most cricket fans ever since he sprouted a Virender Sehwag devon slice on the top of his head, but Ponting gave his strongest indication last summer he’s intent on holding his position within the highest echelon of Australian cricket.

    544 runs at an average of 108.8 against India makes for impressive reading, but Ponting will be working tirelessly to be able to combat the red-hot South African pace attack of Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander in a four Test series.

    The Tasmanian’s audacious temperament in the middle reflects his burning desire off the field to become a better cricketer at every training session and prolong his phenomenal career.

    “All I’ve ever wanted to achieve out of the game is to be a successful individual within a cricket team and hopefully do so for the remainder of my career,” said Ponting.

    He says the Aussies will have to be at their best if they are to outplay the current world number one Test side.

    “Every contest I’ve had with them has been enthralling whether it be one-dayers, T20s or Test cricket and at the moment they are deservedly the best team in the world,” said Ponting. “Their fast bowling attack is the best and their batting line-up is probably the best in world cricket too.

    “I think we all understand and know that if we play our best cricket for long enough then we’ll beat anybody.”

    Coming off a 4-0 trouncing of India last summer, Australia’s team on paper looks formidable to say the least.

    Hard-hitters David Warner and Shane Watson will come before a top order of Ponting, Clarke and Hussey, who between them have amassed 25,151 runs at the combined average of 51.12, while Australia’s contingent of pace spearheads will look set to pepper the South African top order.

    To back against Ricky Ponting would be like throwing $100 on a horse in the gate beside Black Caviar. He says that climbing back up the cricket rankings and regaining a winning culture like that of Steve Waugh’s side in the early 2000’s is not unachievable.

    “The direction from Cricket Australia and from the playing group is that we want to get ourselves back to being the number one team in the game in all three formats,” said Ponting. “We’ll leave no stone unturned and we’ll give ourselves the best chance to do that.

    “We don’t want to be taking any steps back.”

    Let’s hope the only step back Ricky Ponting will be taking this summer will be to the offside, before a perfectly timed pull shot that goes for six over deep square leg’s head.

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    • October 24th 2012 @ 7:51am
      Matt h said | October 24th 2012 @ 7:51am | ! Report

      Ah you have to love the little ferret. Seriously, Ponting is a stand out for his competitive spirit. He is the prototype fighter and I am more than happy for him to go on, hanging by his fingernails while kicking the guys chasing him in the teeth. As soon as hand on heart someone can point to a Shield player demanding his place on more than just potential, then he can go. Until then let’s chew some gum, spit on our hands, pray to get through the inevitable LBW shouts in the first half hour and wait for the swivel pull shot to put holes in the advertising hoardings. Good luck Ricky.

    • October 24th 2012 @ 9:05am
      josh said | October 24th 2012 @ 9:05am | ! Report

      “544 runs at an average of 108.8 against India makes for impressive reading…” and selective picking of stats. That series was an anomaly compared to his form leading up too and post the Indian series. He struggled against New Zealand, pre Indian series, struggled against the West Indies, post. His form overall is on the slide. Ponting’s last 10 series averages:

      63
      23
      24.5
      56
      16.14
      31
      17.5
      33
      108.8
      24.33

      Out of ten he beat his overall average 3 times.

      Before anyone jumps on the don’t sledge a champion bandwagon, I believe, Ponting will go down as a great. But, his halcyon days are behind him; I remember the year, yes an entire year, where he averaged over 100! Incredible stuff. But the same fighting spirit that may inspire confidence, may also lead him a bridge too far.

    • October 24th 2012 @ 9:16am
      Disco said | October 24th 2012 @ 9:16am | ! Report

      “Coming off a 4-0 trouncing of India last summer, Australia’s team on paper looks formidable to say the least.”

      Ah, as though the West Indies tour never happened.

      • October 24th 2012 @ 11:39am
        Aaron said | October 24th 2012 @ 11:39am | ! Report

        jeez disco what’s with all the potating towards ponting? i agree he’s past his best, but we’re all aussies, we should get behind our players, not boo them every time an article about him pops up.

        • October 24th 2012 @ 11:44am
          Disco said | October 24th 2012 @ 11:44am | ! Report

          Um, Australia’s last Test Series was against the West Indies was it not? The statement I’ve quoted suggests otherwise.

          I’ve nothing to add on Ponting just now. On the defensive, much?

          Booing?

          • October 24th 2012 @ 10:09pm
            Aaron said | October 24th 2012 @ 10:09pm | ! Report

            don’t know what your talking about, it’s all in your imagination…the west indies tests… ponting out of form…he was the 2nd highest australian run scorer in the series, alongside fellow oldie m hussey, more than cowan, warner, watson, even clarke. unfortunately that only existed in your imagination, but don’t worry, there are institutions for people like you.

            • October 25th 2012 @ 9:29am
              Disco said | October 25th 2012 @ 9:29am | ! Report

              Like I said, Australia’s last test series was against the West Indies – keep talking up your hero as much as you like, but that’s a fact.

              • October 25th 2012 @ 10:00am
                Aaron said | October 25th 2012 @ 10:00am | ! Report

                can’t read sarcasm can you?

              • October 25th 2012 @ 10:17am
                Disco said | October 25th 2012 @ 10:17am | ! Report

                On the contrary. But seeing as I didn’t even talk about Ponting on this thread, how about you argue your case with others who have? You know my opinion on the Ponting and it’s revealing that you find it so hard to accept the views of those that put his ‘legend’ status to one side when analysing his position in the side.

    • October 24th 2012 @ 9:16am
      Sailosi said | October 24th 2012 @ 9:16am | ! Report

      Mundane does have a point. Australian sport does have an obsession with people’s ages. Look in America, Brett Favre was 43 and still playing in the NFL, Julio Franco was still a Major League Baseballer at 51. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that many pro athletes in the states don’t begin their pro career until they are 22-23.

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      October 24th 2012 @ 9:18am
      Brett McKay said | October 24th 2012 @ 9:18am | ! Report

      89* overnight against a near-Test attack v Victoria in Melbourne. Ponting’s making the runs still, and that’s his only currency now..

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        October 24th 2012 @ 11:35am
        Brett McKay said | October 24th 2012 @ 11:35am | ! Report

        Ponting hit three fours off Pattonson to bring up his hundred this morning, off 144 balls all up. Was 110* a moment ago..

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          October 24th 2012 @ 2:06pm
          Elisha Pearce said | October 24th 2012 @ 2:06pm | ! Report

          He’s up over 140* now. Scored 85* in the last Sheild match too. He might be the countries form batsmen atm. Ponting in form always makes me smile. As I’ve written here before, he’s basically my generation’s cricket career arc that matches us growing up.

          • October 24th 2012 @ 2:28pm
            Matt F said | October 24th 2012 @ 2:28pm | ! Report

            Tasmania declared with him on 162*

    • October 24th 2012 @ 10:05am
      jameswm said | October 24th 2012 @ 10:05am | ! Report

      Cosgrove got a 50. Cowan 40 odd and very slowly. None of the test bowlers seems to have been great on paper – Siddle and Patto few wickets and over 3 rune per over. MacDonald the most miserly as usual.

      In Adelaide, Hughes failed, Ferguson the standout with a very measured 115no. Hopes and Cuting the best of the Qld bowlers. Hopes really does useful things almost all the time, He got Hughes LBW for 8.

      When Qld bat today you have Khawaja, Forrest and Buns all looking to impress. Where is Lynn?

      • October 24th 2012 @ 10:47am
        Disco said | October 24th 2012 @ 10:47am | ! Report

        Forrest has been woeful for quite some time now. Not in the same class as Khawaja.

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          October 24th 2012 @ 2:08pm
          Elisha Pearce said | October 24th 2012 @ 2:08pm | ! Report

          Khawaja has already had one 80+ that was a nice inning in Sheild hasn’t he?

        • October 24th 2012 @ 5:11pm
          Jason said | October 24th 2012 @ 5:11pm | ! Report

          Forrest out for 4 today and Ussie out for 19.

      • October 24th 2012 @ 5:38pm
        Matt h said | October 24th 2012 @ 5:38pm | ! Report

        Lynn is out of form and got left out.

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