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Former Australia captains Ricky Ponting and Karen Rolton, along with batsman Norm O’Neill, will be inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame at the Allan Border Medal event in Melbourne.
The trio were announced as the inductees on Saturday night and will be inducted on Monday night.
Ponting, who is arguably Australia’s greatest-ever captain, is the country’s top-scorer in Tests and ODIs. In the longest format, Ponting is also second-highest run-scorer in history and only sits behind the iconic Sachin Tendulkar, while in ODI cricket, he is the third-highest scorer.
The 43-year-old featured in 168 Test matches and scored 13,378 runs, which included 41 centuries and 62 fifties, at an average of 51.85.
As for ODIs, he accumulated 13,589 runs, which included 29 hundred and 82 half-centuries, in 374 matches at an average of 41.81.
“Ricky Ponting is unquestionably one of the finest Test and one-day cricketers Australia has produced,” Australian Cricket Hall of Fame Chairman Peter King was quoted by cricket.com.au as saying. “An exceptional fieldsman, he has an outstanding record as a top-order batsman and captain, and was a key figure during a highly successful era in Australian cricket.
“That only he and Sachin Tendulkar have scored more than 13,000 runs in both Test and one-day cricket speaks volumes of his place in the game’s history.”
Rolton, meanwhile, represented Australia in 14 Tests, 141 ODIs and 15 Twenty20 Internationals, scoring 1,002 runs at an average of 55.66, 4,814 runs at 48.14 and 405 runs at 50.62 respectively.
“Karen Rolton was a dominant left-hander who rightly takes her place in the top echelon of women’s cricket,” King said. “A former captain, she remains Australia’s leading female Test run-scorer and sits alongside Belinda Clark on the list of one-day cricket run scorers.
“Karen’s ability to score quickly and make big scores during her 15-year career played a major part in many of Australia’s triumphs on the international stage.”
As for O’Neill, who passed away in 2008, he played in 42 Tests and amassed 2,779 runs at an average of 45.55.
“Norm O’Neill was a stylish and entertaining batsman, particularly strong off the back foot, who was capable of taking the game away from the opposition on his day,” King said. “He made his Test debut at the tender age of 21, and is well remembered for his century in the 1960/61 Tied Test just two years later. Possessed with a strong throwing arm, he was an exceptional cover fieldsman and a handy leg-spinner.”
With Ponting, Rolton and O’Neill being added to the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame, the total number of inductees now stands at 49.