Why is Australia missing Ricky Ponting?

Retired Australian Test captain is in incredible form for Tasmania. He has a double hundred among the three centuries he has scored in the Sheffield Shield so far. Ponting will skipper Mumbai Indians in the IPL this season.

updated: March 14, 2013 19:25 IST
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Even after retiring from international cricket, Ricky Ponting's appetite for runs remains are large as ever. At a time when his national teammates are struggling for form against India, Ponting slammed 104 for Tasmania in a Sheffield Shield match against Victoria at Bellerive Oval in Hobart on Thursday.

His 131-ball knock contained 15 boundaries and came against a decent attack consisting rookie pacer Ryan Sidebottom (not former England pacer), all-rounder John Hastings and Pakistani-born leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed.

Recently, Ponting scored a double century against a strong New South Wales attack. He turned back the clock with his unbeaten 200 featuring the full scope of his shot-making ability. He partnered Jason Krejza for a match-saving seventh-wicket stand worth 293, the second highest in Shield history.

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