We all talk about Sachins, Pontings and Kallis. Time and again PC has announced the world about his patience and passion for England’s victory. This is not the only match PC has come out with an excellent batting display. PC’s display has not just started when he came to the batting screen but way back in the Australia innings itself when he took an brilliant, out-of-the world catch to dismiss the ever threatening Ponting.
Ponting was in reach of a third consecutive century until Collingwood intervened and Hayden was also on the verge of three figures when he left 10 runs later. Brad Hodge departed for 5 and after a brief rally Michael Clarke (33) and Michael Hussey (17) fell in consecutive balls. Collingwood’s direct hit did for Clarke and Australia were 6 for 229 when Hussey glided Flintoff to Nixon. The rest submitted meekly and quickly. The situation did not worry Collingwood, who had already taken a brilliant catch and two sharp run-outs, and he combined with Ian Bell, Andrew Flintoff and Paul Nixon to secure the tight win with three balls to spare.
Earlier Hayden and Ponting provided the perfect platform for Australia and were severely let down by the remainder of the batsmen. They lost 3 for 26 after easing to 1 for 170 and their aim for a total of 300-plus disappeared when the lower order collapsed in a manner reminiscent of their opponents during the Test series. Not only did Australia give up their last six wickets for 23 runs, they were dismissed in the 49th over when Flintoff picked up his third victim.
Throughout the England’s innings one thing was evident. That is the defeat fear in the face of the Australians. There were mis-fieldings, first time ever we saw Ponting’s frustration in the field, catch let down by Glenn McGrath, who is regarded as safe pair of hands at any given situation.
There is a message passed on to all other teams by England that if any team keeps there wickets and frustrate Australians by taking sharp singles, the mighty Australians can be put into pressure which eventually help sealing victory against them.