I might be South African, hate the Australian accent, and managed to convince my parents not to move there when I was in primary school, but I have to put my dislike for the country aside for one man. Ricky Ponting.
The man has been a stalwart for Australian cricket and a true ambassador for the game over a 17 year career. He is their top run scorer and has played in over 160 tests. He has lead their side to a number of World Cup wins and was the worlds #1 Test ranked side for ages.
Here is to Ricky Ponting.