Thanks for the memories Ricky

November 29, 2012, 4:46 pm

The finest Australian batsman of his generation has stepped away from the game, and he does so with a feeling it was not quite on his own terms.

Ricky Ponting wanted to make his peace with Australia by winning back the Ashes in England and retaining them at home - I think most of us would have liked to have it that way - but the Punter has decided to stop gambling with his legacy.

The scrutiny of recent months was obviously too much for him and just a scant six tests since peeling off a double century against India at Adelaide, Ricky Ponting told Australia and his teammates he would end his career at the WACA against South Africa.

As is always the case when a great player walks away from the game, and leaves a momentarily irreparable hole, we remember the great memories we are left with.

Ponting began in 1995, just as another of Australia's iconic cricketers, David Boon, walked away. In stepped another Tasmanian who smacked 96 before being unfortunately given out LBW to Chaminda Vaas - oh for DRS there would be another great tale to tell in his career.

The innings was enough to give Australia a taste of what he was to become.

He leaves the game after playing his part in global Test cricket dominance between 1999 and 2007 and an unprecedented three consecutive World Cups.

People will remember his twin centuries in his 100th Test (including a match winning second innings 143 not out in a stiff fourth innings run chase), consecutive double centuries against India and perhaps his sublime 197 against Wasim Akram and Saqlain Mushtaq in 1999.

For me, Ricky's greatest moment came in 2005 against England as he fought for seven hours to keep a rampant English attack at bay in Manchester. He not only showed determination to ensure Ashes parity for the time being but also his sheer class as a batsman as he essentially made England aware that he was in no mood to get out.

17 years is a lot of time to make an impression so let's not erase the bad times - the King's Cross nightclub fight and three match ban, the petulant displays on the field that marred the early days of his captaincy.

But all this serves to prove it was a career of two halves as 'Punter' grew up and became the most feared batsman in the greatest Test team of all time.

The man deserves to leave the WACA early next week as part of the number one team in the world once again.

He is a man for a big occasion so I expect nothing less than for him to put on one final show.

What was your favourite Ricky Ponting moment?

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  1. robert08:08pm Thursday 29th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Thanks for the memories Ricky,you are one of the greatest of all time,hope to see you involved in cricket for many years to come.