August 23, 2009


Ashes: Andrew Strauss praises team effort as England claim series win (Tom Lutz, 8/23/09, ,

The pitch was seen by many as contributing to England's victory after Strauss won the toss and elected to bat and Ponting admitted he was unimpressed by the state of the wicket. "It was a a poor wicket – I'm not blaming the wicket – but it was a poor Test match wicket. But both sides had the same. The difference in this game was our first-innings batting."

Ponting also conceded it had been a mistake not to select Australia's spinner, Nathan Hauritz, in a Test where the ball turned sharply. "In hindsight, no [the decision to leave out Hauritz was incorrect], but I don't think anybody saw that happening," he added. "I think England would have played two spinners if they had."

Stuart Broad bowled superbly in Australia's first innings and Ponting singled the Nottinghamshire player out for praise. "I think Broad's last couple of games have been pretty impressive," he said. "He's stood up probably when his position was in a bit of jeopardy as well."

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