You've heard it here first...Ricky Ponting dead-set has to be cricketer of the year for 2003. He has taken himself to the next level with his cricket and someone else would have to do a bloody good effort to get near these stats...
610 runs @ 76.25
1 50, 3 100's
HS of 206 v WI at Port of Spain
897 runs @ 47.21
3 50's, 4 100's
HS of 140* v India at Johannesburg (World Cup Final)
Added into that is captaining a World Cup winning team and a captaincy record of 23 wins and 4 losses (85% success rate) and you would have to say that he is the best the world has to offer in 2003.