Australia's Ricky Ponting recently shrugged off pressure on him to quit Test cricket. He backed his confidence on Day 1 of the 3rd Test against West Indies by surpassing Rahul Dravid as the second highest run-getter in the longest format of the sport, with 13289 runs.
Ponting scored 23 to move clear off Dravid's record of 13288 runs in Tests but was dismissed immediately after by Shane Shillingford on the opening day of the Roseau Test on Monday. Although he took a Test more than Dravid to reach the milestone (165), Ponting can now have a point more to argue his case with and continue playing for the national side.
The 37-year-old, who has already quit one-day internationals, has not performed well in the ongoing Test series in the Caribbean. Ponting however had said that his love for the game has not changed. "My love for the game and passion and desire to play and be successful hasn't changed," he was quoted as saying on Sunday. (Read full report here)
Australia skipper Michael Clarker however, had said that Ponting's place in the national side is a certainty for the home series against South Africa. (Read full report here)
Sachin Tendulkar continues to lead the list of highest run-getters in Test with his 15470 runs.