Bengaluru: Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting on Friday (April 10) revealed the “best over” he ever faced during his illustrious cricket career.

As there are no cricket matches across the world due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, fans have been treated to old video clips of cricket matches.

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On social media, national cricket boards are keeping fans busy by posting best moments from past matches. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) too did the same on Friday (April 9).

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The official Twitter handle of the England cricket team tweeted a video from the classic 2005 Australia-England Ashes Test at Edgbaston. It was one of the best Test contests where the hosts won by two runs after enough drama.

The video tweeted by the England side’s handle showed how all-rounder Andrew Flintoff delivered one of the best overs in Test history. He worked Ponting over and dismissed him for a five-ball duck.



“Is there an emoji for goosebumps? That crowd noise @flintoff11 (sic),” England team wrote on their Twitter page with the video.

Now, Ponting has responded to that. He said that was the “best over” he had face in his career. He wrote on his Twitter page, “Best over I ever faced. Class reverse swing at 90odd mph! (sic).”
In that game, Flintoff removed Justin Langer and captain Ponting in the same over, the 13th of the Australian second innings, when they were chasing 282 to win. It was the second Test of the Ashes series. Flintoff took seven wickets in the match.



Flintoff consoling Brett Lee on the pitch after the thrilling contest, is one of the iconic images in cricket history. From 220/9, Lee and Michael Kasprowicz fought back and took Australia close but could not cross the line as the visitors were all out for 279. Kasprowicz was the last man out, caught by Geraint Jones of Steve Harmison.

Recently, Ponting had said the 2005 Ashes was one of the all-time great series even though Australia lost 1-2.



“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 fond memories,” Ponting, who played in a joint Australian record of 168 Tests, said.

“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.