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Boxing Day Test Memorable Moments #15 鈥 Ponting at his finest

December 4, 2012
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Boxing Day Test Memorable Moments #15 鈥 Ponting at his finest

Few players have performed with such distinction at the sporting coliseum of the Melbourne Cricket Ground like Ricky Ponting.

In the lead in to the 2012 Boxing Day Test, Cricket Victoria is counting down the 20 most memorable moments from the MCG.

Named one of the seven wonders of the sporting world in 2009, the ‘G plays hosts to Victoria’s international schedule each year and the Boxing Day Test is the jewel in the international calendar.

For further information on this year’s international fixtures at the ‘G, click here.

Few players have performed with such distinction at the sporting coliseum of the Melbourne Cricket Ground like Ricky Ponting.

He has scored more runs in international matches at the MCG (3467 at 56.83) than any other player.

His finest innings at the ground came in the 2003 Boxing Day Test against India when he struck 257.

Having watched Virender Sehwag blast 195 on the opening day, Ponting batted for 10 hours to steer his side to a sizable first-innings lead, and ultimately, the match.

At 1-278 after tea on day one, and with Sehwag savaging the inexperienced Australian attack, it looked like India was set to compile a huge total.

But the loss of Sehwag to part-timer Simon Katich triggered a collapse which saw India lose 9-88 to be all out for 366.

Ponting eliminated all risk on a pitch that became more difficult to play on as he batted India out of the match, dismissed after a 458-ball stay at the crease by Kumble.

It was Ponting’s third double century of the year and he became just the fifth player, after Walter Hammond (twice), Don Bradman (three times), Vinod Kambli and Graeme Smith to score double centuries in successive Tests.

Career-best figures from Brad Williams (4-53) helped knock over the tourists for 286 in their second dig, setting Australia 95 for victory.

Hayden hit an unbeaten 53, to go with his first-innings century (136), while Ponting (31) deservedly hit the winning runs.

Watch highlights of Ponting’s innings at http://cricvi.co/Yoh8S4

Will you be there at the 2012 Boxing Day Test to see this year’s moment?

Book your tickets at http://cricvi.co/QdOzBY

#16 – Yallop’s marathon http://cricvi.co/VeU14C
#17 – South Africa’s finest win http://cricvi.co/TweTVo
#18 – Dodemaide’s debut http://cricvi.co/V7XvrR
#19 – Tendulkar masterclass http://cricvi.co/QoLCPe
#20- Pattinson and Siddle lead the attack http://cricvi.co/V9SUc9

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