Ricky Ponting deserved a better farewell

Last Updated: Sun, Dec 09, 2012 10:14 hrs

Ricky Ponting did not quite have the farewell game that he wished for. Neither did he get a big score and his team lost too so all in all it was a forgettable game for him. Cricket can be a cruel game and even Sir Don Bradman needing just 4 runs to finish with an average of 100 in Test cricket was bowled for a second ball duck. That remains the most famous duck in the game. 

Many other great players have found that they could not get the ending that they wanted while those who were not wanting to retire but found that they were left out of the team have finished with memorable performances in their last game.

Marlon Samuels continues to enjoy a rich vein of form and his century helped the West Indies come back in the one-day series after being 2-0 down and has now given them a chance to win it too. The West Indies need a big performance from Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard but they have not been able to get going on the slow pitches in Bangladesh.  

To win the Test series in such a manner even though its against Bangladesh will do West Indies cricket a power of good and if they can add a one-day series win then it will indeed be a very good tour for them.

South African cricket goes from strength to strength as they came back strongly after the narrow escape in the second Test to win the last Test in
Perth and with it clinch the series and retain their number one ranking.

The Australians have struggled with their new ball attack what with injuries to their bowlers at crucial times and that allowed Mitchell Starc to make a comeback and he grabbed his chance not only taking 6 wickets in the second innings but also batting well to get a half century. 

All his efforts were in vain as the Proteas having been dismissed for not too big a score in the first innings came back strongly to set Australia target of over 600 runs to win the game. 

The highest chase in the fourth innings is 416 by West Indies against Australia so getting over 600 was out of the question and it is here that many hoped that Ponting would get a hundred or more and Michael Clarke who had already hit 2 double tons in the series would get another one and keep Australia in the hunt.

The South African second innings was built around a solid 80 plus by skipper Graeme Smith and a breezy century by Hashim Amla who missed his double century by only 4 runs. Then AB de Villiers came to the party which was a big relief for the Proteas who were getting worried that his wicket keeping was taking away from his batting. Since Boucher retired the South African have stuck to de Villiers as a keeper even though they have Tsolekile who is a regular keeper for his province too.

Even though Australia lost the all round performance of Mitchell Starc makes him the  CEAT International Cricketer of the Week.

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