|Ricky Ponting OAM|
That said, there has never been any question mark about what he has contributed as a player to Australian cricket. He would bat at number six in thecricketragics best Australian XI of all time and has been in the top three or four fielders the game has produced in this country. His aggressive approach at the crease, his driving and pulling and running between wickets are all quintessentially Australian. He is the stereotype of an Australian cricketer. His resurgence, against probability and greatly assisted by an astute captain, is one of the miracles of modern Australian sport: the noble figure of the aging warrior, fighting on like the Python's Black Knight with all his metaphoric limbs removed but steadfast in his refusal to submit.
He is again our most consistent batsman, allowing his youthful captain to bat with vigour and enterprise and again, by his own blade destroying oppositions.
The news today, that Ricky Ponting has been made a member of the Order of Australia, not just for his services to cricket but also for the work of the Ponting Foundation in assisting families in dealing with childhood cancer, is fitting and deserved. Much is often said about sportsman receiving such honours but the weaknesses in his character aside, why shouldn't we recognise such men and women for what they contribute to Australian life and community. After all, Fred Hollows was no saint. A great cricketer is no less important to the expression of the Australian personality than a great artist or composer and many of them don't make the step to direct and lend their fame toward good causes.
thecricketragics acknowledges and applauds Ricky Ponting for this recognition of his contribution towards the Australian way of life.