ST JOHN'S:Australia captain Ricky Ponting became the seventh batsman to score 10,000 Test runs on the opening day of the second Test against West Indies at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground on Friday.
Ponting drove a full length delivery outside the off-stump from Ramnaresh Sarwan, bowling his modest leg-breaks, through extra cover for two to reach the milestone about 15 minutes after the tea break.
He became the third Australian batsman to reach the coveted landmark, after former national captains Allan Border (11,174 runs) and Steve Waugh (10,927).
Ponting is playing in his 118th Test, after making his debut against Sri Lanka in 1995 at Perth.
At the close, Ponting told Sky Sports television: "It all started in 1995 and it's taken 13 years. I think everyone growing up wishes they can do it.
"I am most proud of my longevity in the game. I've never been one for stats and milestones, I just try to do the best for my team. I'm the third fastest person in the history of the game to get 10,000 and that will be a nice thing to look back on at the end of my career."