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No. 3: Ponting rises to the occasion

UPDATED 15 May, 2013 5:01PM AEST | by Andrew Groves 2

In the lead up to the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy we take a look at the top five Australian batting performances in the history of the tournament. At number three is Ricky Ponting's brilliant century against the Old Enemy in the 2009 semi final.

Ricky Ponting 111 not out v England at SuperSport Park, Centurion, 2009.

Ricky Ponting was always the man for the big occasion.

His incredibly broad shoulders had to withstand the weight of a nation many times during his career.

Like Steve Waugh before him he was a big advocate of leading from the front, and taking the responsibility on himself to kill off opponents.

In the 2009 semi final, Ponting picked up the baton to notch up yet another ODI hundred against a beleaguered and at times hapless bowling display.

Joining Shane Watson after Paine’s departure with the score on six, he brought up his first boundary with a drive on the up for four through the covers. His second was extremely soft.

A line and length delivery was defended by Ponting to Kevin Pietersen on the drive. However, instead of throwing into Steven Davies' hands he slung it high over his head for four overthrows.

It was something England could ill afford, but they continued to bowl in the wrong areas throughout Ponting's knock.

He reached his hundred with a sumptuous check drive through extra-cover for four, a fitting way to reach the magical three figures off just 104 deliveries.

It was another gem of an innings by a batting genius.

Where does Ponting rank among the greatest ODI batsmen of all-time?

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 15 May, 2013 4:44PM AEST

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