Captain Ricky Ponting on Tuesday hailed Australia’s ‘miracle of Adelaide’ Ashes Test win over England as one of the all-time great Test cricket wins.
Man-of-the-match Ponting said his team had produced something exceptional to win the second Ashes Test with an astonishing final day fightback that left England numb with shock.
Ponting said it was the greatest Test he had played in. “It’s one of the all-time great Test wins as far as I’m concerned,” Ponting said.
“To turn a Test match around like that, it just doesn’t happen. You’ve all seen enough games of Test match cricket and I’ve played enough to know that you have to do something exceptionally well to turn the course of a Test match around that way,” he added.
“Our cricket over the last three days has been as good Test match cricket as you’ll see from any team,” he further added.
Ponting said it was the positive mindset of his players that swept aside an England team more intent on drawing from the start of the day.
“It was all there for us to win this morning. The way Shane Warne and the rest of the guys bowled today, I don’t think there were too many easy runs out there and too many easy balls to play,” he said.
“We spoke about giving England no momentum in the game at all and trying to keep the scoreboard still. We put the England batsmen under pressure,” he explained. “For us to go out and peel the runs off the way we did was really satisfying,” he added.
Ponting, 31, said England would be shattered by the nature of the loss. They now need to win two of the remaining three Tests to hold on to the Ashes.
“They wouldn’t have even thought that there was a chance that they could lose that. They probably would have been thinking about getting themselves into a position where they could chuck us into bat late today and take a few wickets and hopefully put us under pressure,” he said.
“That wasn’t the way it was. We had them under pressure all day and the game was there for the taking when we had them five or six wickets down,” he explained.
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