Sydney: Australian captain Ricky Ponting will deliver the oration at a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of the late cricketing great Don Bradman, Cricket Australia said Friday.
Ponting, who is now leading Australia on its West Indies tour, will deliver the sixth Sir Donald Bradman Oration as part of a dinner here on August 27 to honour The Don.'
Ponting will be the first current international cricketer to deliver the oration, an annual event that honours the career, contribution and memory of the world's most revered cricketer.
"I'm proud to be able to play a formal role in the centenary celebrations for Sir Donald Bradman," Ponting said in a statement.
"All Australian cricketers grow up learning about the achievements and contribution of Sir Donald, not just his raw statistics but also the way he influenced and contributed to Australian society throughout his lifetime."
"The Bradman name is the most powerful in international cricket history and to be a part in his centenary celebrations is quite humbling."
Cricket Australia (CA) chief executive James Sutherland said the centenary dinner was a time for Australian cricket to acknowledge the contribution of a great player and significant administrator.
"Sir Donald Bradman is arguably the most famous and celebrated Australian in history and it's important that we acknowledge his legacy in an appropriate manner," Sutherland said.
"His records are something that all international cricketers strive to emulate, and his influence on Australian cricketers continues to the present day."
Bradman, who finished his 52-Test career in 1948 with an unsurpassed 99.94 batting average, died on February 25, 2001 at the age of 92.