England captain Cook praises Ricky Ponting

Updated: 04 December 2012 16:02 IST

England skipper Alastair Cook says it is difficult for him to sum up what Ricky Ponting has achieved as a cricketer but he surely is one of the best batsmen of his time.

England captain Cook praises Ricky Ponting

Kolkata:

Paying glowing tributes to Ricky Ponting, England skipper Alastair Cook today described the just-retired former Australian captain as one of the greatest batsmen.


Recalling the 2006 Ashes series, Cook said, "I can't really sum up on what he has achieved. As a batsman alone, he's among the best batters I've seen. We just could not get him out in 2006."

The just-concluded Perth Test against South Africa was Ponting's last and the 37-year old's retirement address was held on Monday.

"He hits the ball as cleanly as I have ever seen a cricket ball being hit. As a player of fast bowling, he had all the time in the world," Cook added.

Cook said it was a "privilege" for him to have played against the Aussie.

"He is an unbelievable competitor. I am very privileged to have played against him. I wish him all the best in his retirement," the England opener said.

On Sachin Tendulkar's slump in form, Cook said: "Sachin is a fantastic player, and his records speak for themselves."



Topics : Cricket Sachin Tendulkar Alastair Cook Ricky Ponting
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