Australia began their 1999 World Cup drive in England with achievement against minnows Scotland, before thrashings by Pakistan and New Zealand. Ponting secured, 33, 47 and 47 runs exclusively. After the twin thrashings, academics addressed whether Australia could make the semi-finals also win the opposition. Australia then pulverized Bangladesh with 30 overs to spare, as Ponting batted out of his standard number three spot for the principle time in the opposition. While attempting to grow the run-rate with substitute Brendon Julian, Ponting scored an unbeaten 18 from 10 balls at number four. Ponting scored 20, 23 and 36 in the going with matches against the West Indies, India, and Zimbabwe. In the last match of the Super Six period of the opposition, Australia was to play South Africa in a match they anticipated that would win to make the semi-finals. South Africa batted first and scored 271, going before Australia hung to 3/48. Steve Waugh joined Ponting in the middle and scored 22 continues running in ten overs. Both then agreed to extend the scoring in a mid-pitch exchange. South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis couldn’t bowl because of strained solid quality and the batting pair attacked the substitution bowlers, scoring 82 from 10 overs.
They were incorporated into a 126-run stand until Ponting succumbed to 69 scored in 110 balls, including five fours and two sixes. Waugh proceeded to make 120 off 110 transports helping Australia win with two balls to spare. The sides met again in their next match, this time in the semi-keep going at Edgbaston on 17 June 1999. Australia just supervised 213, with Ponting contributing a solid 37 from 48 balls. In answer, South Africa started earnestly, taking 45 from the underlying nine overs without the death of a wicket. In any case, Warne discharged Herschelle Gibbs and Gary Kirsten before long and over the long haul got 4/29 of 10 overs. The last over started with the Africans requiring nine continues running with one wicket close by. Lower-ask for a hitter, Lance Klusener, kept on scoring those continues running in the accompanying two balls. Sensation took after, as Donald was run-out two balls later, achieving a tie. Australia met all prerequisites for the last since they finished higher than their confinement on the Super Six table. They effectively spoke to Pakistan in the last, winning by eight wickets, after they were set a goal of 132. Ponting scored 24 in Australia’s first World Cup win consequent to 1987. He completed the opposition with 354 continues running at 39.33.
Alongside his noteworthy normal of 40.4, Ponting’s strike rate (87.06) was the most astounding of all perceived Australian batsmen. Maybe all the more imperatively, Ponting was chosen as transitory bad habit chief when Shane Warne was occupied through damage, fortifying his status for coming higher respects. “It’s currently evident to me that I’m one being seen as a future Australia commander”, Ponting recognized in his everyday paper segment. “I believe any reasonable person would agree unless I was being considered for a future authority position in the group then somebody with altogether more experience, similar to Mark [Waugh] would have been given the gesture to be the group’s bad habit captain. Despite all his favorable luck, Ponting slid into the limit wall and genuinely harmed his lower leg amid the second last against Pakistan, constraining him to drop the future ODI version in New Zealand and South Africa.
Ponting was disregarded the ODI bad habit captaincy, with Gilchrist given the part; notwithstanding, Ponting captained a Northern Territory XI against the West Indies in the number one spot up to the forthcoming series. Though not known for excessive cases, Steve Waugh told a writer that Ponting could without much of a stretch be the best batsman on the planet, and put him close by Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara. At the point when Jamie Cox was chosen for Australia A, Ponting was chosen as commander of Tasmania for a local one-dayer against Victoria in December. His men won by nine wickets