A Captain's Diary: My First Year

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HarperCollins Publishers Australia, 2004 - Cricket - 524 pages
A Captain's Diary is an inspiring and honest th tourourney from the post-World Cup tour of the West Indies that re-established Australia's place as the official number-one Test nation, to the trip to Zimbabwe that was laced with controversy before a ball was even bowled.In 2004, Ricky Ponting assumed one of the highest honours in Australian sport when he became Australia's 42nd Test captain. Following in the footsteps of the retiring Stephen Waugh : the most successful captain in the history of Test cricket Ponting's first act was to lead his side to a thrilling 3-0 series win in Sri Lanka.During the period covered by this diary , and in addition to the victory in Sri Lanka australia secured series wins over the West Indies, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe and fought a titanic four-match clash with India that finished all square at 1-1. And in the one-day game, Ponting's side built on its World Cup triumph with wins over the West Indies, Bangladesh, New Zealand, India, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka, stretching its winning run to a world-record 21 successive matches.In his diary, Ponting shares behind-the-scenes stories and unique insights into what makes the Australian side so successful, including personal assessments of his champion team-mates. Supported by a comprehensive statistics package and brilliant colour photographs, Ponting's incisive and candid diary is compulsory reading for every cricket fan.

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