Former Australian Test skipper Ricky Ponting slammed his 40th Test century on Wednesday at the Sydney Cricket Ground. 


Ponting's century came after a two year drought. The last time he scored a century was against Pakistan in January 2010.


Skipper Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting put up a partnership of 288 runs on board sailing Australia to 325 before Ponting getting dismissed of a Ishant Sharma delivery, caught by Little Master Sachin Tendulkar.


It took Ponting, unbeaten on 97 at lunch, almost 17 minutes and eight balls to reach his milestone. It did not arrive without its moment of anxiety as he pushed Ishant to mid-on and took off almost immediately.


He was still a fair distance away from the safety of his crease when Zaheer Khan at mid-on fielded the ball and took a shy at the non-striker's stumps. Fortunately it did not hit the stumps and Ponting had to dive full stretch to reach his crease.