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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.
Read Andrew Cattanach's Review
I'm so happy to say Ricky Ponting's At the Close of Play, is a great read. The years Ponting has spent writing his Captain's Diaries have served him well, allowing him to write calmly and confidently about the life he has led, an extraordinary life that requires few embellishments. At times he is full of nostalgia, others he is brutally honest, not taking backward step in writing about things I thought he'd never address. His stories of a working-class childhood in Launceston gained my trust and I was hooked to the ride to the very end.
Ponting's relationship with the world of cricket, even his own fans, has been tough. His will to win has been condemned as much as applauded. But it was only in reading that I realised how much he felt it. He felt every bead of sweat, every blow, every bad headline. He writes with joy at his finest moments, but also with sorrow at his lowest, both on and off the field, in his public life and his private life. This is not a sad book mind you, it's filled with pure happiness at the life he has been privileged to have led, but introspective enough to see the potholes along the journey.
At the Close of Play is a wonderful character study of what happens when you are thrust into a world you dreamt of being a part of, a world you must one day leave behind forever.
About the Author
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.
Number Of Pages: 720
Published: 1st November 2013
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 16.3 x 6.0
Weight (kg): 1.154