Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting has mentioned that Andrew Flintoff’s fiery and magical over in the course of the 2005 Ashes Test towards England at Edgbaston was the “best over” he ever faced in his taking part in days.
England had received the sport by two runs in an exhilarating encounter and Ponting nonetheless remembers Flintoff’s fiery over from that match.
The official Twitter deal with of England Cricket posted a video of that over and Ponting responded to it saying: “Best over I ever faced. Class reverse swing at 90odd mph!”
Best over I ever faced. Class reverse swing at 90odd mph! https://t.co/EUdN9P64Cr
— Ricky Ponting AO (@RickyPonting) April 10, 2020
After being invited to bat first, England posted 407 runs of their first innings in that match. In reply, Australia had been bundled out for 308, conceding an important first-innings lead of 99 runs. However, the guests made a shocking comeback within the second innings and rode on Shane Warne’s magical spell to bowl out the hosts for simply 182 runs.
Chasing 282 to win the Test, Australia bought off to an honest begin with openers placing up 47 runs earlier than Flintoff struck in his very first over.
Ponting, who got here in subsequent, faced the warmth for the remainder of the over. Flintoff was capable of transfer the ball at a fierce tempo and had Ponting in bother proper from the phrase go.
After surviving three balls, Ponting left alone the surface off-stump supply and heaved a sigh of reduction because the over had completed. But Flintoff had overstepped and the then Australian skipper was left to face yet another ball within the over.
For the ultimate ball, Flintoff bowled a full-pitched outdoors off supply, forcing Ponting to go for a drive. The ball, nonetheless, moved away simply sufficient to kiss the surface fringe of his bat and went straight into the gloves of the wicketkeeper. The total Edgbaston crowd went right into a frenzy as Ponting made the lengthy stroll.
Just like that over, the match ended on an exhilarating notice as Australia, after being 220/9, went near the touching distance courtesy a combating partnership between Brett Lee and Michael Kasprowicz. However, they fell simply a few runs brief and misplaced the match to England who went on to win the sequence in a while.