Ricky Ponting confident of playing first Test

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Published: Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 13:31 [IST]
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Ponting confident of playing first Test

Brisbane, Nov 7: Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting is confident of being fit in time to play the first Test against South Africa here at the Gabba on Friday.

Australia-South Africa Test Schedule

Ponting, the senior most batsman in Australian squad at 37, pulled out of a domestic game for Tasmania last week due to hamstring soreness. However, the right-hander, speaking to reporters in Brisbane on Wednesday, said he would do some more sprints before the start of the first Test.

"I came down early and did 20 or 30 minutes of running before the boys got here today which is part of the process the physios have mapped out for me for the next few days. I'll probably ramp things up a little on Thursday with a bit more intense running with some sprint work and another full-on hit in the nets," Ponting said.

"I didn't feel anything with it today so I expect to be right," he added.

Ponting has played 165 Tests scoring 13,346 runs with 41 hundreds and 62 half centuries.


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