June 1, 2013 / 6:12 PM / 5 years ago

Ponting hits century on championship debut for Surrey

REUTERS - Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting marked his English county championship debut for Surrey by compiling an unbeaten 120 against Derbyshire on Saturday.

Australia's Ricky Ponting pauses during an interview at the WACA after the third test cricket match against South Africa, in Perth December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer/Files

The 38-year-old, who joined up with his new team this week after playing in the Indian Premier League for the Mumbai Indians, struck 13 fours as Surrey reached 362 for four in reply to Derbyshire’s first innings 452 all out.

Ponting’s experience is a boost for Surrey who are without South Africa skipper Graeme Smith due to injury.

Smith was due to captain the county this season but has returned to South Africa for ankle surgery.

Ponting last played county cricket in 2004 for Somerset.

He featured for Australia in 168 matches and scored 13,378 runs at an average of 51.85 before retiring from test cricket in November.

Writing by Tom Bartlett; editing by Tony Jimenez

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