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Ponting joins elite company

Rajneesh Gupta | December 29, 2003 19:33 IST

Ricky Ponting became only the fifth batsman in Test cricket to score double centuries in two successive Tests by scoring 257 in Australia's first innings in the third Test against India at Melbourne.

Ponting had also made 242 in the first innings of the Adelaide Test that Australia lost by four wickets.

England's Wally Hammond, Australia's Don Bradman, India's Vinod Kambli and South Africa's Graeme Smith are the others to do so.

Bradman performed the feat thrice, while Hammond did so on two occasions. Kambli is the only batsman whose two double centuries in the successive Tests came against different opponents.

Wally Hammond (Eng)251v AusSydney1928-29
200v AusMelbourne1928-29
Don Bradman (Aus)254v EngLord's1930
334v EngLeeds1930
Wally Hammond (Eng)227v NZChristchurch1932-33
336*v NZAuckland1932-33
Don Bradman (Aus)304v EngLeeds1934
244v EngThe Oval1934
Don Bradman (Aus)270v EngMelbourne1936-37
212v EngAdelaide1936-37
Vinod Kambli (Ind)224v EngBombay WS1992-93
227v ZimDelhi1992-93
Graeme Smith (SA)277v EngBirmingham2003
259v EngLord's2003
Ricky Ponting242v IndAdelaide2003-04
257v IndMelbourne2003-04

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