Ricky Ponting plunders a career-best 257 to bring the 2003-04 Border-Gavaskar Trophy back on level terms at the MCG.

Ponting sits firmly enthroned as one of the top batsmen of Australia, with only Don Bradman and perhaps Greg Chappell and Allan Border claiming a comparable rank.

Taking over the reins of captaincy from Steve Waugh, Ponting was blessed with a side amounting to a veritable roll call of greatness in all departments. However, hugely successful though his record as a skipper remains, there are gaps aplenty, especially against India and South Africa, and most importantly for the mindscape of the Aussie cricket follower, three rather dismal defeats in the Ashes.