The team in my department is doing one of those team building exercises that go on from time to time. It is always a bit of a challenge to strike a proper balance in this sort of thing. On the one hand, this is a job and all most of us want to do is show up, do our work and go home. Every fortnight or month, we get paid. Every year, we go away for a holiday to rest and recover. And then we’re back to showing up daily, working, going home and getting paid periodically. On the other hand though, because we spend a fair bit of time with our team members/people in an organisation that is our employer, it only makes sense to see how we can make it all happier and more meaningful for everyone. Hence these team building sessions. It’s almost like a necessary evil but it’s also counter-productive to so call it. Perhaps it’s like a work-out. It doesn’t quite sound like fun but it can be very good for you…
It was my first full summer in Melbourne, in 2005. Ponting was captain then and he was about to hit another milestone. I can’t remember if it was a tonne or a double tonne now, but I remember a mate had texted me to go over to his place for a barbie. I said to him I was at the MCG and was about to see Ponting make that tonne (I think). Ponting went on to chalk up that century and I was really happy to have seen him do it, live, at The G.
Ponting has just announced his retirement from Test cricket. The current South African series hasn’t been good to him and he has top scored 16 runs in 3 innings. That is a far cry for a veteran batsman who has accumulated more runs than the Don himself. It’s always sad to see a giant walking into the sunset. We’ve seen a few of them in recent years. Waugh, Langer, Hayden, Gilchrist, McGrath and of course, Shane Warne himself.
Thanks for the wonderful memories, Ricky.