Ricky Ponting reveals the best he has ever faced
MELBOURNE: Former Australian captain Ricky ponting has said that Andrew Flintoff it's fiery and magical during the 2005 Ashes Test against England in Edgbaston He was the best he faced on his game days.
England had won the game by two runs in a thrilling encounter and Ponting still remembers Flintoff 's fiery over from that match.
The official Twitter identifier of England cricket He posted a video of that and Ponting responded by saying: The best I've ever faced. Class reverse swing at 90odd mph!
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The best I've ever faced. Class reverse turn at 90odd mph! https://t.co/EUdN9P64Cr — Ricky ponting AO (@RickyPonting) 1586489506000
After being invited to bat first, England recorded 407 runs in its first innings in that game. In response, Australia received 308, granting a crucial lead in the first inning of 99 runs. However, the visitors made an impressive return in the second inning and continued Shane warne It is a magic spell to cast hosts for just 182 runs.
Chasing 282 to win the Test, Australia got off to a decent start with operators putting up 47 runs before Flintoff struck in his very first over.
Ponting, who came in next, faced the heat for the rest of the over. Flintoff was able to move the ball at a fierce pace and had Ponting in trouble right from the word go.
After surviving three balls, Ponting left alone the outside off-stump delivery and heaved a sigh of relief as the over had finished. But Flintoff had overstepped and the then Australian skipper was left to face one more ball in the over.
For the final ball, Flintoff bowled a full-pitched outside off delivery, forcing Ponting to go for a drive. The ball, however, moved away just enough to kiss the outside edge of his bat and went straight into the gloves of the wicketkeeper. The entire Edgbaston crowd went into a frenzy as Ponting made the long walk.
Just as it ended, the match ended on an exciting note as Australia, after being 220/9, moved closer to the poignant distance courtesy of a wrestling partnership between Brett Lee & Michael Kasprowicz . However, they fell just a couple of runs short & lost the match to England who went on to win the series later on.