As England and Australia did battle on the second morning of the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge, former Australia captain Ricky Ponting marked his final first-class innings with a century for Surrey against Nottinghamshire.
The Australia legend brings his outstanding career to a close with a typically belligerent century, his 82nd in first-class cricket.
From a position of 41 not out overnight, and despite losing his partner Arun Harinath in the first over of the day, Ponting powered to his ton, bringing up the milestone by coming down the track to left-arm spinner Samit Patel. His century came in 237 minutes and off 182 balls.
It was the second century of his brief spell with Surrey after he scored 192 in his first appearance against Derbyshire. He joined as cover for South Africa captain Graeme Smith, who is not injured, and will be replaced by Smith's compatriot JP Duminy.
Ponting will continue to play one-day cricket for Surrey until the end of July, and after that will play T20 cricket in the Caribbean and will make his bow in the Champions League T20 for Mumabi Indians, with whom he won the IPL earlier this year.
The Australia legend represented his country in 168 Test matches, scoring over 13,300 runs at an average of nearly 52. He retired from international cricket in November of last year.
Ponting reached lunch at 108 not out with his team 282-5. He left the field to huge applause, as he has at every ground he has visited with Surrey this year.
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