Ricky Ponting,
Tasmanian born cricket champion

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Yup, Tasmania produces them all - movie stars, a princess, and even sporting legends!

Ricky Ponting is the captain of the Australian cricket team in One Day International (ODI), Twenty20 International and Test cricket. In Australian domestic cricket, Ponting also plays for the Tasmanian Tigers when international commitments permit.

Born in Launceston in 1974, Ponting left school at 16 to attend the Australian Cricket Academy in Adelaide. At 17, he made his Sheffield Shield debut. He made his ODI and Test debuts when he was only 20.

Have a look at some of Ponting's achievements so far:

  • with 37 Test centuries, he is the top Australian century maker
  • in the history of cricket, he is second in highest number of Test centuries
  • he is the youngest ever World Cup centurion (against West Indies in Jaipur at 1996 Cricket World Cup)

In June 2002, he married Rianna Jennifer Cantor. They have two daughters - Emmy Charlotte and Matisse Ellie.

Ricky and Rianna established the Ponting foundation to raise funds for children with cancer. It's terrific when people use their celebrity status to help those in need. Good on you Ricky and Rianna!

Here's wishing the Pontings all the best for the future!

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