Right-handed top-order batsman; right-arm off-break bowler
Test debut: v Sri Lanka, Perth 1995/96
ODI debut: v South Africa, Wellington, 1994/95
Ponting broke the hearts of millions of Indian cricket supporters with a brilliant 140 not out in the World Cup final in Johannesburg earlier this year.
Arguably the greatest one-day innings ever played, it paved the way to a 125-run victory and resulted in Ponting lifting the trophy only a year after being handed the one-day captaincy.
In Test cricket, however, he has yet to take over the reins from Steve Waugh, enabling him to concentrate on further improving a batting average of over 52 without distraction.
Although sometimes vulnerable early in his innings, Ponting is hard to dislodge once established and already has more than 5,000 Test runs to his credit.
Hit two centuries against India during the 1999-2000 home series, but may feel he still has something to prove after making three ducks in five Test innings during Australia's trip to the sub-continent in 2001 when he failed to come to terms with off-spinner Harbhajan Singh.