ALTHOUGH he is not the type to relish the off-field stoushes that have taken on a life of their own around this Test series, Ricky Ponting yesterday allowed himself a satisfied “last laugh” after Australia finished off South Africa by 184 runs at the MCG.

Claiming a more personal victory over his outspoken South African counterpart, Graeme Smith, Ponting said he and his team felt vindicated after the criticism directed at his captaincy when they failed to win in Perth on the last day of the first Test.

Yesterday was a dramatically different story, although South Africa’s last four batsmen did not succumb as easily as might have been expected and instead survived until the sixth ball after lunch, when injured No.11 Makhaya Ntini chopped a ball from Stuart MacGill onto his stumps. They may have held on for a little longer had Ashwell Prince not been given out to Shane Warne, caught at slip, despite the ball coming off his shoulder.
From the Sydney Morning Herald

Ponting’s victory in war of words – Cricket – Sport –



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