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Ricky PontingODI recordM: 375 | Runs: 13704 | Ave: 42.03 | SR: 80.39 | 100s: 30 | 50s: 82 | HS: 164World Cup recordM: 46 | Runs: 1743 | Ave: 45.86 | SR: 79.95 | 100s: 5 | 50s: 6 | HS: 140*World Cup titles won: 3 … beats long-time teammate Adam Gilchrist in the finalAFTER almost 1.5 million votes from cricket fans around the world, cricket.com.au can reveal that the unofficial title of Australia’s greatest-ever ODI player belongs to … Ricky Ponting.In a series of head-to-head fan polls over the past 10 days, lovers of the game have voted in huge numbers to select Ponting as Australia’s best-ever when it comes to one-day cricket.From a shortlist of 16 players, Ponting and his former teammate Adam Gilchrist were well ahead of the pack and faced off in a ‘grand final’ to decide Australia’s best ever.And after more than 135 000 votes across cricket.com.au, the CA Live app, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter on Thursday and yesterday, Ponting prevailed with 57 per cent of the vote compared to 43 per cent for Gilchrist.Speaking before being announced as the winner, Ponting told cricket.com.au he would vote for Gilchrist – as long as his long-time teammate returned the favour.“If you ask Gilly, he’s going to say me. And if you ask me, I’m going to say Gilly!” Ponting said with a laugh.“I’ll say Adam Gilchrist. Hopefully he says me … Gilly, you better do the right thing!“I was lucky to play a lot of games with Gilly and I captained him on a lot of occasions. He was a match-winning player at the top of the order and at certain times probably made my job a lot easier going in at No.3.”Players and coaches in Australia’s World Cup squad were split between the two legends, with several sitting on the fence and coach Justin Langer – who ended up siding with his assistant Ponting – likening the choice to being asked to pick his favourite daughter.All-rounder Glenn Maxwell opted for Gilchrist – a call he conceded was “controversial” given Ponting is one of his childhood idols – while assistant coach Brad Haddin broke with the wicket-keeping union in picking Ponting.“He’s led us to a number of World Cups, he’s got longevity in the game and every time we had a big moment, Ricky Ponting was there to deliver,” Haddin said.With three World Cup wins to his name – including two as skipper – as well as 4 000 more ODI runs than any other Australian, it comes as little surprise that Ponting has been crowned Australia’s best-ever by the public.For more than 15 years, Ponting held down the No.3 spot in an Australian side that enjoyed an unprecedented level of success, highlighted by the unbeaten World Cup campaigns he skippered in 2003 and 2007.In a career full of great moments, his stunning assault on India’s bowlers in Johannesburg in 2003, on no less a stage than a World Cup final, is an innings that’s difficult to forget.Ponting was matched-up against Mitchell Starc in the opening round of Australia’s ODI GOAT, winning comfortably, while the first round also saw surprise eliminations for two-time World Cup winners Steve Waugh and Michael Bevan, who were knocked out by Mike Hussey and Matthew Hayden respectively.In Round 2, Ponting, Gilchrist and Brett Lee all won comfortably, while Shane Warne just edged out his old teammate Glenn McGrath with 51 per cent of the vote to 49 per cent, a margin of less than 4 000 votes.Ponting and Gilchrist both won more than 70 per cent of the vote in their semi-finals, against Lee and Warne respectively, to set up a final between the former captain and vice-captain.Round 1Adam Gilchrist (91%) – Dennis Lillee (9%)Ricky Ponting (82%) – Mitchell Starc (18%)Mark Waugh (75%) – Dean Jones (25%)Mike Hussey (68%) – Steve Waugh (32%)Brett Lee (54%) – Shane Watson (46%)Shane Warne (92%) – Greg Chappell (8%)Matthew Hayden (67%) – Michael Bevan (33%)Glenn McGrath (70%) – Andrew Symonds (30%)Round 2Ricky Ponting (80%) – Mike Hussey (20%)Adam Gilchrist (92%) – Mark Waugh (8%)Brett Lee (62%) – Matthew Hayden (38%)Shane Warne (51%) – Glenn McGrath (49%)Semi-finalsRicky Ponting (78%) – Brett Lee (22%)Adam Gilchrist (72%) – Shane Warne (28%)FinalRicky Ponting (57%) – Adam Gilchrist (43%)
Wales are among the sides in action as they take-on Group B rivals Israel at 5pm.The Ireland Under-19’s are also involved in a European qualifier today.After a narrow 1-0 defeat to the Czech Republic earlier this week, Paul Doolin’s side will now face Germany in their second match in Group 2, which will kick-off at 11 o’clock this morning.
If he had to ask James to wait a year, at 33, there is an incredible array of projected 2019 free agents – Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler, Klay Thompson, Kyrie Irving – with dramatically better chances of getting one with LeBron here.It’s also clear that LeBron signed off on the plan, so what’s not to like about it?If it comes off, they can get a franchise player a lot younger than 33 and become The Lakers of Old. How many fans were sure they would see that again in their lifetime?If confusion reigns about what the Lakers are up to, it’s because people are hung up on Leonard.This might not change soon because …• Whatever the Spurs do with Leonard will be on their schedule.This is only a surprise for those who were so excited, they assumed Coach/Team President Gregg Popovich would trade Kawhi immediately to make it an even bigger story.Unfortunately, as interested teams checked with Leonard, they got the same answer – he wants to be a Laker – slashing his value to anyone else.Celtics GM Danny Ainge said a blockbuster wasn’t likely, suggesting that he decided not to offer a mega-package for a player who might leave in a year.The 76ers have yet to offer Markelle Fultz, worried as they seem about his future, for the same reason that Ainge held back.• Despite on-air debates on the Lakers’ advisability of trading for Leonard now, rather than waiting, that ship has sailed.Even the Lakers are no longer going all-out, with reports that they won’t offer Kyle Kuzma.With the likelihood of getting Kawhi or KD in a year, why give up a prospect whose outside shooting makes him a good fit with James?• The Lakers’ puzzling moves were Johnson’s ideas, which James signed off on.This comes from ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and Ramona Shelburne … after Windhorst, the long-time James insider, grabbed his head in shock on live television over the moves that didn’t include the 3-point shooters LeBron needs.Johnson didn’t want a Cavaliers-like supporting cast of specialists, their subsequent explanation went, with shooters like J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver.Instead, Magic wanted athletes who could switch on screens … as his Showtime Lakers did … putting teeth in the defense.Of course, the Cavs wanted the same thing at midseason when they turned over half their roster to get younger and more athletic, acquiring George Hill, Larry Nance Jr., Jordan Clarkson and Rodney Hill.James’ supporting casts are remembered in two ways: 1) Helped Him Win a Title; and 2) We’re Not Doing That Again.And I don’t see a title coming next season.Happily for the Lakers, with the flexibility they’re also building in, they’ll have plenty of time to adjust if needed.• Johnson wants James to play out of the post … as Magic did when he got older.This might be why Julius Randle was renounced so quickly. As someone who wants to get the ball low, or to drive it into the middle, he would be a problematic fit with LeBron in there.Magic’s suggestion makes sense but we’ll have to see if LeBron can do it.LeBron said he’ll try – but despite years of suggestions that he move his huge body closer to the basket, he always went back to playing from the top of the floor, like a point guard.• The Lakers just put the Ball family on notice.With all the fur flying, you could have missed the report that the team was fuming that word got out about Lonzo’s knee injury … as he was being offered to San Antonio as part of the Lakers package.The leak, the Lakers suspect, came from LaVar Ball, trying to keep Lonzo here.This is accepted truth to insiders. ESPN’s Jalen Rose called it “obvious,” even claiming Lonzo was in on it, diminishing his own value by writing a rap song mocking Kuzma.The Lakers immediately signed Rajon Rondo, letting LaVar know that Lonzo is anything but the hope of the franchise he was a year ago.LaVar, still oblivious to warnings, was soon back at it, saying Lonzo would make LeBron better, vowing all three sons would be Lakers – even if they wouldn’t even put LiAngelo at the end of their bench on their summer team – crowing, “I called LeBron to L.A. … I knew he was coming to L.A., man! Everything lined up for me!”Everything’s lined up for him, or at him, all right, like a cannon, pointing in the direction of a future with or without a Ball in sight or, hopefully, in sound.Mark Heisler has written an NBA column since 1991 and was honored with the Naismith Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Award in 2006. His column is published Sundays in Southern California News Group print editions. What was that all about?The free agent summer of 2018 started July 1 and was all but over July 2, by which time LeBron James, Paul George, Chris Paul and DeMarcus Cousins were off the board, even if Boogie, volatile as always, decided he had to take a one-year, $5.3 million contract with Golden State.The Lakers reportedly passed on their chance to rent Cousins next season since he’ll be out until January or so after Achilles surgery.The Lakers have big plans. After eight years of being nobody, the league-wide impact of this summer’s moves starts with … AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers• The Lakers still hope to become a super-team … just not this season.Amazingly, despite frenzied coverage of James’ arrival, the likeliest mega-implication got scant mention.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Instead, the story became the team’s puzzling moves and a debate about their puzzling moves – no shooters? Lance Stephenson? – and a debate about their path forward.Nevertheless, with all their one-year deals, it’s clear the Lakers have turned to the two-year approach that Magic Johnson talked about June 25 when he said he would “step away” if no superstars came.So now that we know that Magic will still be around. … Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error