Test cricket comes alive whenever Australia and England meet in the prestigious Ashes. The thrill, excitement, nerves, nail-biting moments, crowd cheer, sledging and whatnot, the Ashes contains every flavour that a cricket fan wants to see.
There have been so many contests between the two countries which grabbed crowd to their edges in the Ashes; still, the 2005 Edgbaston Test is considered to be the best contest ever played between the two nations.
Now, former Australian captain, Ricky Ponting has gone down memory lane to recall the epic contest which was won by England. Ponting reacted to Andrew Flintoff’s fiery over from that match, a clip of which was recently uploaded by England’s official Twitter account.
In that classic encounter, Australia were chasing 282 to win the Test and take a 2-0 lead. And their openers got the team off to a decent start. The pair added 47 runs together before Flintoff struck in the very first over of his spell. He was on fire in that game. Then came Ricky Ponting, who was the captain of Australia back then.
Ponting faced the heat for the rest of the over. The ball swung left, right and centre and Ponting had no clue whatsoever. After surviving a few deliveries, the over came to an end. However, there was a twist as Freddie overstepped the last ball and Ponting was left to face yet another delivery.
Flintoff pitched the ball full and outside off, but it just moved away enough to tackle the outside edge of Ponting’s bat, and he was a goner.
Punter recalled the delivery which trapped him – a ‘classic reverse swing’ at over 90 mph. It also saw the audience present at the stadium go berserk as the Aussie skipper walked back. Ponting termed it as the best over he has ever faced.
Best over I ever faced. Class reverse swing at 90odd mph! https://t.co/EUdN9P64Cr
— Ricky Ponting AO (@RickyPonting) April 10, 2020