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Ricky Ponting played the innings he'll be remembered for:

... Ponting's was a performance worthy of saving the match. He faced 275 balls in an innings of supreme concentration and application, withstanding everything the England attack could throw at him. It is a while since an Australian captain has experienced the pressures Ponting is currently facing and he knew the fate of the match, and possibly the series, rested on his shoulders.

Truly magnificent. Never did I imagine -- not after the first four days and the constant bickering over Ponting's captaincy -- that Ponting would win the Man of the Match award. But he did and he fully deserved it.

More praise for the Australian captain:

Ricky Ponting played the defining innings of his captaincy and one that could grow into the performance of his life. In suffocating circumstances that squeezed as stumps crept closer, Ponting grabbed the responsibility of a handful of men and saved his team with a courageous and magnificent effort.

Australia have come back alive. England will pay a heavy price in the fourth Test.

Also, read the Verdict by Andrew Miller.


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