Yes, while Ponting and opening batsman Mathew Hayden were at the Parliament to watch its proceedings on Wednesday, Prime Minister Rudd took time off to bowl a few overs to the duo.
Ponting took Rudd's attempts as a selection audition. “I think he must of got wind of the fact that we're looking for a couple of spinners so he bowled a few leg spinners for us out the back there," The Age quoted the skipper as saying
"I had a little trouble with them, Matthew didn't have too much trouble with them."
The two stars spent much of the day in parliament and managed to take in question time.
“We actually learnt a bit," Ponting said and added: “There's always a few questions asked of us about sledging on the field, I think we learnt a little bit in question time today, I think, about how to handle it and how to have some handy comebacks at different times."
Fellow Queenslander Hayden admitted to being just a little put off by Rudd's technique.
“It was a bit distracting actually, he had the Brad Hogg tongue in the side of the mouth," Hayden said.