Sydney, Jul 19: Ricky Ponting is all set to break Steve Waugh's record as Australia's most capped Test player in front of his home crowd.
If Ponting plays all the three Test matches against South Africa in November, he will become Australia's most capped Test player while playing against Sri Lanka in front of his home crowd.
With three Test matches less than Steve Waugh, Ponting has represented Australia in 165 Tests so far and needs three more to overcome Waugh to become the most capped Australian.
Ponting was sacked from the ODI side in the month of February following his poor run in the last couple of months.
Interestingly, Gabba will be hosting its first Test against South Africa in 49 years. South Africa during their previous tour of Australia, beat the hosts 2-1 in 2008-09 and drew the series when Michael Clarke-led team when they toured South Africa last year.
While Sri Lanka are playing their first Test against Australia on December 18 since 2007 tour, as they had not toured Australia after 2007.
With couple of series coming up, Ponting definitely has chances of surpassing Steve Waugh's record by the end of 2012.
Australia are playing a three-Test series against Sri Lanka, five match ODI series against Sri Lanka and West Indies separately,followed by three T20 internationals in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Australia's international summer of cricket 2012-13
Test series (Vs South Africa)
1st Test; Nov 9-13 Australia Vs South Africa - Gabba
2nd Test; Nov 22-26 Australia Vs South Africa - Adelaide Oval
3rd Test; Nov 30 - Dec 4 Australia Vs South Africa - Perth
Australia Vs Sri Lanka (Three-Test series)
1st Test; Dec 14-18 Australia v Sri Lanka, Blundstone Arena, Bellerive
2nd Test; Dec 26-30, Australia v Sri Lanka, MCG
3rd Test; Jan 3-7, Australia v Sri Lanka, SCG
One-day International series v Sri Lanka:
11 January, MCG
13 January, Adelaide Oval
18 January, Gabba
20 January, SCG
23 January, Blundstone Arena, Bellerive
T20 Internationals v Sri Lanka:
26 January, ANZ Stadium, Sydney
28 January, MCG
One-day International series v West Indies:
1 February, WACA Ground
3 February, WACA Ground
6 February, Manuka Oval, Canberra
8 February, SCG
10 February, MCG
T20 International Vs West Indies
13 February, Gabba
2-4 November Australia A v South Africa, Sydney
6-8 December, CA Chairman's XI v Sri Lanka, Manuka Oval, Canberra
PM's XI v West Indies, Manuka Oval, Canberra