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Ponting overtakes Waugh

Ricky Ponting overtook Steve Waugh to be the the fourth highest run scorer in Test cricket.

In the ongoing Test match against South Africa in Durban, Ponting made 81 runs from 106 balls and has now amassed a total of 10,948 runs.

Waugh who was in fourth place has 10,927 runs in his name. Ponting is now also the second highest Australian run scorer and is now just 226 runs behind Allan Border who made 11,174 runs.

I will not be surprised to see Ponting in number three overrall after the Ashes tour in England because I cannot see him failing to make 226 runs in the next twelve innings or so.

Another player making history for himself in the same match was Phillip Hughes who became the youngest player in Test history to score two centuries in the same match.

Hughes scored 115 runs in the first innings and is still unbeaten on 136 in the second innings.

I expect Australia to win this series after this match because I cannot see South Africa making a recovery at this point to force a draw.

Australia has played far much better than they did in the home series in the summer and I think the success of the opening bowlers Simon Katich and Hughes has helped a lot.

South Africa must now know that they have a lot of work to do to overhaul Australia at the top of Test cricket because before the Test series started this looked like their best chance.

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