Ponting passes 10,000 mark
Tasmanian is third Aussie to reach landmark
Last Updated: May 31, 2008 8:15am
Ponting: 10,000 club
Australia captain Ricky Ponting has become the seventh batsman to pass 10,000 runs in Test cricket.
B Lara (WI) 11,953
S Tendulkar (Ind) 11,782
A Border (Aus) 11,174
S Waugh (Aus) 10,927
S Gavaskar (Ind) 10,122
R Dravid (Ind) 10,098
R Ponting (Aus) 10,007
The Tasmanian reached the landmark during the second Test against the West Indies in Antigua with a cover drive for two off Ramnaresh Sarwan.
Ponting was out for 65 shortly after reaching the landmark, edging a wide one from Jerome Taylor to Xavier Marshall at third slip.
"The thing I've always said that I'm most proud about is my longevity in the game," he said after the first day's play.
"To play 115 or 116 Tests - I'm proud of that record. As a top-order batsman if you play that many games you are probably expected to get close on 10,000 runs."
Ponting joins an illustrious group of batsmen, which includes two other Australians, Allan Border and Steve Waugh.
The list is headed by West Indian Brian Lara, who amassed 11,953 runs in his Test career.