Ponting and wife Rianna welcome birth of second daughter

Melbourne: Prolific Australian batsman Ricky Ponting and wife Rianna celebrated the birth of their second child in Sydney.

Ponting, who flew home to Australia following his team`s win in the first Test over Sri Lanka at Galle (Sri Lanka), chose to miss the second match in Kandy to be with his wife for the birth of their child.

The newborn daughter, named Matisse Elle, is the couple`s second child and a sister of three-year-old Emmy.

The former Australian skipper is now expected to return to Sri Lanka for the third Test in Colombo starting September 16.

The win at Galle was Ponting`s 100th in Test cricket.

Shaun Marsh was named as Ponting`s replacement for the second Test that started in Kandy today.


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