Saturday, May 31, 2008

Ponting joins 10,000-run club

Australia captain Ricky Ponting became the seventh batsman to score 10,000 Test runs on the opening day of the second Test against West Indies at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground here on Friday.

Ponting drove a full length delivery outside the off-stump from Ramnaresh Sarwan, bowling his modest leg-breaks, through extra cover for two to reach the milestone about 15 minutes after the tea break.

He became the third Australian batsman to reach the coveted landmark, after former national captains Allan Border (11,174 runs) and Steve Waugh (10,927).

Ponting is playing in his 118th Test, after making his debut against Sri Lanka in 1995 at Perth.

Following is the list of batsmen with 10,000 runs or more in Tests following Ricky Ponting reaching that milestone:

Tests Runs Average
Brian Lara (West Indies) 131 11,953 52.88
Sachin Tendulkar (India) 147 11,782 55.31
Allan Border (Australia) 156 11,174 50.56
Steve Waugh (Australia) 168 10,927 51.06
Sunil Gavaskar (India) 125 10,122 51.12
Rahul Dravid (India) 122 10,098 54.88
Ricky Ponting (Australia) 118 10,004 58.84

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