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Ponting  : At the Close of Play - Ricky Ponting

Ponting

At the Close of Play

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Ricky Ponting is one of the greatest Australian cricketers to have worn the baggy green. His autobiography details his journey from his childhood protégé, to the highs and lows of an extraordinary international cricket career, to retirement.

Test captain of Australia in 2004 until handing the job to Michael Clarke in 2011, he is the highest Australian run-scorer of all time in Tests and one-day international cricket, behind only India's Sachin Tendulkar among batsmen from all countries. Ricky's awards in cricket include ICC Player of the Year (twice), Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World, Cricinfo Player of the Decade and Allan Border Medallist (four times). This autobiography of a very private man and one of Australia's most public figures will resonate with lovers of cricket as well as anyone who strives to reach the top of their chosen field.

Off the field, Ricky and his wife Rianna have raised in excess of $10 million since 2002 to help young Australians and their families beat cancer. In 2008 Ricky and Rianna established the Ponting Foundation to provide focus to their fundraising efforts.

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Ricky Ponting has been Australia’s one-day captain since 2002 and Test captain since 2004. In that time he has built a record of success as cricketer and leader, unprecedented since the days of Bradman, and in doing so has become one of the most popular Australian sporting personalities of his generation.

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    This was a gift and I would not have bought it otherwise but I was impressed. It is very long but it had me engaged throughout. Ponting has good recollections of many of the matches and situations that he encountered in his career; he also is not afraid to offer comment/criticism of his actions and those of his peers and colleagues. There is some bitterness in some of his recollections but he is an emotional and passionate character so I wasn't surprised that his bitterness remains; that is Ponting and I would have expected this. I personally was not a fan of Ponting as a potential captain of the Australian Cricket Team but as he has aged and matured, he has developed as an individual and I like what I now see on TV and when his opinion is sought. One cannot doubt his ability as a player; the records at the end of the book are detailed and comprehensive and extremely impressive. This was definitely worth a read.

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    4.0

    Great gift for a cricket fan

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      Was very much appreciated

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      4.0

      A OK

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          It's a gift.
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          5.0

          Well worth a read if you like Cricket

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          from Perth

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            I bought this as a gift and ended up reading it first

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            5.0

            Ricky Ponting

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              This was a gift for my husband who never reads. I never saw him without it until he finished. Incredible! Plus a signed copy from a person who never gives autographs. A thrilling bonus!

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              4.0

              Legend!

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                  Legend, battler, all round good bloke. Ricky rules!

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                  ISBN: 9780732291822
                  ISBN-10: 0732291828
                  Audience: General
                  Format: Hardcover
                  Language: English
                  Number Of Pages: 720
                  Published: 1st November 2013
                  Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
                  Country of Publication: AU
                  Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.8  x 5.9
                  Weight (kg): 1.16