Couldn't have asked for a better ball: Ponting thanks Adams

SYDNEY Ricky ponting He is one of Australia's top hitters in all formats. In addition, he also became known for being the face of Australia's uncompromising attitude of winning at all costs in the years when he led a team that lost just a handful of matches in all formats.

Signs of this aspect of Ponting's character could be seen before he assumed command of Steve Waugh and an example of that was the 2002 Australian Test against South Africa. Ponting on Wednesday gave his fans a snapshot of when he won the game and reached the second inning one hundred with a six from South African hurricane Paul Adams.

Ponting retweeted a post showing the last ball in the Test and said: I think this was as exciting as it had been on the field ... and I couldn't have asked for a better ball to hit for six. Thank you pablo.

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Australia needed 331 to win and seemed to be in a good position, while the top three Justin Langer , Matthew Hayden and Ponting added 201 runs. However, Australia suffered a medium order collapse as Mark Waugh Steve Waugh and Damien Martyn everything fell in the space of 10 overs.

Centurion of the first entries Adam Gilchrist played a typically aggressive cameo to counter South Africans earlier Shane warne He stayed with Ponting when the latter finished the job.