February 21, 2013
Surrey County Cricket Club have today announced the signing of Australian legend Ricky Ponting on a two-month deal.
The former Australian captain will feature for Surrey in June and July in the months when skipper Graeme Smith is unavailable for selection due to international commitments. Ponting will play a large part in Surrey’s Twenty20 campaign and his presence will be of great interest to the paying Surrey fans.
The 38 year-old is another huge signing for the glitzy London county who have already secured the services of Graeme Smith and Kevin Pietersen. Ponting will be a huge asset for Surrey in the time he spends with them. Not only will he provide a bulk of runs he will also be a great role model for the likes of Rory Burns, Arun Harinath, Jason Roy and Gary Wilson.
After retiring from international cricket in December, Ponting has been playing for his state Tasmania in the Australian domestic competitions. The 38 year-old is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time and is only second to Sachin Tendulkar in most Test match runs.
Ponting played in three World Cup winning sides, and was a key player in a Test side that has been viewed by many as the greatest of all time.
Despite a glittering career, Ponting does not have fond memories of the Kia Oval. In both the 2005 and 2009 Ashes series, Ponting as captain has seen England take the Urn much to the delight of the British public.
When asked about the signing of Ponting former Surrey player Neil Saker said ‘What a signing, I only wish when I was on the staff that we had signed players like this, not players like Chris Lewis at 43 years-old.’
The Scoop 21/02/13