Cricket - It's a funny old game

Cricket - It's a funny old game

Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Beige Archives: "Best out of 7?" - Ponting

This article first appeared on the BBC's 606 forum on the 23rd of August 2009.

Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting has called for the Ashes 2009 series to be extended to a best of seven contest, instead of the current five test series. “It has been such a closely fought contest that it would be a real shame to end it now.” said Ponting in his post-game interview. “This is nothing to do with who won what and who became the first Aussie captain in a hundred years to lose the Ashes twice or anything like that but is about entertaining cricket fans all round the world.”

England captain Andrew Strauss was quick to disagree with his counterpart, saying “you must be joking”. He went on to qualify this by stating that “there is no way we are playing any more tests. For starters, we’ve already got Flintoff stuffed and mounted for display in the Lords longroom, and there is no coming back from that”.

Ponting wasn’t easily dissuaded however. “I realise there might not be any suitable test venues ready for a game here in England, but I’m sure we can get a pitch prepared in Australia. How about Adelaide? We’ll even let England bat first”.

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