Monday, August 24, 2009

England regain the Ashes

England defeated Australia in a dramatic final Test at The Oval yesterday to win the series 2-1 and regain the Ashes. Refer the match scoreboard here.

England victory's left Ricky Ponting with the unwanted record of becoming only the second Australia captain, since Billy Murdoch in 1890, to be in charge of two losing Ashes tours of England.

But Ponting's not to be entirely blamed for this loss. The Australian selectors had handcuffed Ponting with four pacemen on a dry pitch at The Oval and were expecting part-time spinners to do the task of a specialist. Ponting did everything he could do to avoid defeat. Apart from making a defiant 66 (before Flintoff brilliantly ran him out) in Australia's cause, he had even shed blood on Saturday when hit in the mouth while fielding at silly point.





(source: Cricinfo.com)

In India, at least the people that I know, are pro-England when it comes to the Ashes. Also, to be at our patriotic best, deep inside our hearts we pray that Ponting doesn't surpass Tendulkar in either the highest number of Test Runs or the highest number of Test Hundreds.

Refer the statistics on Cricinfo. Ponting has just got 4 centuries and 1,428 runs lesser than Tendulkar, despite Tendulkar playing 32 innings more than Ponting. Also, refer this thread where everyone on the thread unanimously agrees that Ponting is a better player than Tendulkar, based on certain key statistics. This debate would go on. But according to me (and everybody would agree to this), both are amongst the best players the Cricket game has given us and both will continue to inspire generations to come.

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