Ponting passes 10,000 mark

Tasmanian is third Aussie to reach landmark

Last Updated: 31/05/08 8:15am

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Ponting: 10,000 club

Ponting: 10,000 club

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Australia captain Ricky Ponting has become the seventh batsman to pass 10,000 runs in Test cricket.

10,000+ Test runs
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.

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