Australian captain Ricky Ponting has been named as the Cricket World® Player Of The Week after he scored a double-century against Pakistan in the third and final Test in Hobart.
Ponting's 209 enabled Australia to declare on 423 for seven and dominate the game, eventually going on to win by 231 runs with the captain also making 89 in the second innings. He was fortunate to be dropped before he had scored but he survived a difficult early spell to register his 39th Test century.
Up until the third Test, Ponting had struggled to find his best form in two Tests against the West Indies and two more against Pakistan but his innings was further evidence of him leading by example and he immediately set his sights on the upcoming Ashes series against England later this year.
Other contenders for this week's award included South Africans Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel as well as Ponting's team-mates Michael Clarke and Peter Siddle.
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