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MCC has awarded former Australia captain Ricky Ponting Honorary Life Membership of the Club.
Ponting's invitation acknowledges his exceptional career in which he scored over 26,000 runs in all forms of the game and averaged 51.85 from 168 Test matches.
He is the 33rd Australian to receive the honour, joining the likes of Dennis Lillee, Allan Border and Glenn McGrath on a coveted list of former international cricketers.
MCC Head of Cricket John Stephenson presented Ponting with his membership pass and tie during a recent visit to the Home of Cricket.
"It’s fantastic to be given Honorary Life Membership of MCC," Ponting told Lords.org.
"I’ve devoted my life to playing cricket and it’s great to be recognised by a club as proud as MCC.
"Now I’ll be able to come and sit amongst the Members and enjoy a Test match which will be a nice thing to do.”
Ponting: "It's great recognition"
There are now more than 300 Honorary Life Members of MCC out of a total Full Membership of 18,000.