I first came across Ricky Ponting in the summer of 1991-92 in Adelaide. He had come over on a scholarship from Launceston in Tasmania to spend a week at the Academy. He was 16 and I knew nothing about him.Ricky Ponting, currently averages 59.99, holds two ICC Player of the Year trophies, is Australia's #1 century-maker in tests ahead of Steve Waugh & Sir Donald Bradman and is forever in a statistical race with Rahul Dravid.
At the same time there was a 6ft 6in hulk, called Paul Wilson, who kept knocking on my door, telling me he should be on the Academy (he later played one Test and a dozen ODIs for Australia). He was a strapping 20-year-old, a pace bowler and, because I've always worked on the philosophy that you can never have enough fast men, I invited Wilson in for a net against this young lad from Tasmania.
Wilson raced in, ran through the crease like most fast bowlers do, and hurled down a bouncer. Ricky hooked the ball in front of square-leg like a bullet. I turned to my colleague Richard Done and we looked at each other in sheer amazement. 'This bloke will play for Australia,' I said. The next ball, Wilson was still trying to impress me. He went through the crease again, bowled it faster and shorter and Ricky hit it further.
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