'Ponting's single-figure parade cannot continue for too much longer'
Veteran Rickey Ponting, who is due to equal Steve Waugh's record of 168 Tests as the most capped Australian player in the third Test at Perth's WACA Ground, needs to start scoring as his single-figure parade cannot continue for too much longer, according to senior cricket writer, Malcolm Conn.
"Ricky Ponting may have made more runs in Adelaide than any other Australian at any venue around the world but yesterday he managed to finish up on all fours as the ball crashed into his off-stump," Conn wrote in his column for News.com.au.
"It was a magnificent delivery from the now injured Jacques Kallis, swinging late and forcing Ponting to overbalance as he unsuccessfully attempted to prevent the ball passing the outside edge of his bat. He had started so well, easing the first ball off his hip to the square-leg boundary," he added.
"Early this year against India Ponting had crowned his glorious return from a prolonged drought by scoring a double-century, his second at the ground among six hundreds," he wrote.
Conn added: "Going into the match, Ponting had an unprecedented 1723 runs at 64 in Adelaide. The stats that matter now are the 0 and four he has made in this series, facing a total of eight balls."
"Ponting is due to equal Steve Waugh's record of 168 Tests as the most capped Australian player in the third Test at Perth's WACA Ground. Will he be able to re-gather himself to ensure a place in the team beyond this South African series?" he wrote.
"Ponting's single-figure parade cannot continue for too much longer," he concluded.