Mark Taylor says Australia will miss Ponting's determination, will to win and tenacity on field
Mark Taylor believes the Australia team would miss Ricky Ponting's determination, will to win and his tenacity on the field following the former captain's decision to retire from international cricket after the Perth Test against South Africa.
Taylor said he realised Ponting was a special player during his debut game when he got out on against Sri Lanka on 96 to a dubious leg before decision.
Taylor said Ponting was very upset that he couldn't go on to complete a century, and added that was the moment when he realised that the Tasmanian great had the qualities of becoming a legend in future.
"As his (Ponting) captain, that is exactly what you want to see. It proved that Ponting would never settle for second best. And that's what Australia will miss most when Ricky is gone: the determination," Taylor wrote in his column for News.com.au
"Ponting has never just been about the runs, although he has certainly scored plenty of those. It is his insatiable desire, his will to win, his tenacity in the field. Those, as much as his 13,336 Test runs, define Ponting as a cricketer," he added.
"When we farewell him this week, we farewell an era of Australian cricket. As the last active player to have debuted in the 1990s, Ponting was from an era where rough edges were embraced and scrutiny less intense," he further wrote.
Taylor added: "Australian cricket always moves on. Just as there was life after Bradman and again after Steve Waugh, there will be life after Ricky. The national team is in good hands with Michael Clarke and I am optimistic about the future. But there will be aspects to Ponting's game that will be tough to replace."