Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting
Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting

Ricky Ponting reveals toughest over he faced in international cricket

ANI | Updated: Apr 10, 2020 15:08 IST

New Delhi [India], April 10 (ANI): Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting on Friday revealed the toughest over he ever faced in international cricket.
Taking to Twitter, Ponting revealed that it was former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff who bowled the toughest over he has ever had to face during the 2005 Ashes.
During the second Test at Edgbaston, Flintoff troubled Ponting in the entire over, and then he ended up taking his wicket on the final delivery of the over.
"Best over I ever faced. Class reverse swing at 90odd mph," Ponting tweeted.

Looking at this response of Ponting, Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin also said that the 2005 Ashes is easily one of the best Test series ever played.
"Easily one of best test series!! On par if not better than the 2001 India v Australia series," Ashwin tweeted.

England had won the Ashes after 18 years in 2005 after the hosts defeated Australia 2-1 in the five-match series.

Australia had won the opening Test at Lord's, but then the side went on to lose the second and fourth Test match.
Flintoff finished the 2005 Ashes as England's Player of the Series as the all-rounder scored 402 runs and took 24 wickets.
Earlier this week, Ponting had recalled the 2005 Ashes and had termed it as one of the greatest cricket series ever played.
"It was my childhood dream to play some Ashes cricket. I have played in eight or nine Ashes series so there are some fond memories and then there are some which are not that fond memories," Ponting had said in the video posted on Instagram.
"One such not so fond memory includes the 2005 Ashes series, where we were beaten by Michael Vaughan's England. It was probably one of the all-time great series, Vaughan's team was too good. We won the first Test at Lord's, but then came the Edgbaston Test, it was one of the all-time great Tests and we came up short, then in the third Test we had to battle it out for a draw," he added.
Ponting scored 27,486 runs for Australia in his international career and also led his country in all three formats.
No Australian has scored more international centuries than the former skipper.
Ponting also led Australia to two World Cup victories in 2003 and 2007. He played his last Test in 2012.
He is the second-highest run-getter in the history of the longest format of the game after finishing his career with 13,378 runs in Test cricket. (ANI)