Former Australian skippers Ricky Ponting, Karen Rolton and batsman Norm O’Neill are set to get recognised by Australian Hall of Fame.
Peter King, Hall of Fame chairman, said the greats of the game would get elevated at the Allan Border Medal count on Monday night.
43-year old Ponting is Australia’s 42nd captain. He set a huge benchmark for the rest to follow. He is Australia’s most capped player in Tests and ODIs. In 168 Tests, the right-hand batsman had scored 13,378 runs at an average of 51.85, along with 41 tons and 62 fifties.
His ODI record is impressive too. ‘Punter’ as his teammates famously call him, scored 13,704 runs from 375 ODIs with 30 centuries at an average of 42.03. He led the yellow brigade to two World Cup wins in the 50-over format and had led his men well in the red-ball cricket too.
Ponting is one of the Finest: King
“Ricky Ponting is unquestionably one of the finest Test and one-day cricketers Australia has produced. An exceptional fieldsman, he has an outstanding record as a top-order batsman and captain, and was a key figure during a highly successful era in Australian cricket,” King said.
“That only he and Sachin Tendulkar have scored more than 13,000 runs in both Tests, and one-day cricket speaks volumes of his place in the game’s history.”
Rolton joins the elite list
Cricketer Rolton led her country from 2007 to 2009. She had the reputation of being a stroke-maker who could also bowl. She held the record for the highest Test score, as she scored an unbeaten 209 against England in 2001. She was part of two World Cup victories and shared the dressing room with some big names.
“Karen Rolton was a dominant left-hander who rightly takes her place in the top echelon of women’s cricket. A former captain, she remains Australia’s leading female Test run-scorer and sits alongside Belinda Clark on the list of one-day cricket run scorers,” King said.
O’Neill became a household name, thanks to his sheer brilliance while turning out for New South Wales and Australia. He was tagged as the new ‘Bradman’ at one point in his career.
At 21, he played his maiden Ashes series and had a fairly good run. The strong back-footed player scored 51 and unbeaten 74 in his last Test against West Indies.
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