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15th August 2005: Australia Survive an Ashes Classic

Cricketnext Staff |August 15, 2017, 2:39 PM IST
15th August 2005: Australia Survive an Ashes Classic

In one of the greatest Ashes Test ever played, Ricky Ponting led from the front on the final day with a feisty knock of 156 to deny England a victory.

It was the same Test match in which Shane Warne reached the landmark of 600 international wickets,

The day began with huge expectations and it attracted even bigger crowds. An estimated 10,000 ticketless fans were turned away from Old Trafford before 10am. The lucky few who grabbed their £10 tickets - some had camped overnight for the privilege - watched

Series was level at 1-1, and this game could have turned the series either way, Australa were battling on the final day for a draw, with Ricky Ponting scoring 156 off 275 deliveries - a rather quite innings by his standard.

But when he was dismissed, being the ninth wicket to fall, it did seem as if England will steal a victory, but then it was the turn of Brett Lee along with Glenn McGrath to show the fight.

They faced 24 balls, with Steve Harmison and Andrew Flintoff steaming in with the ball in hand.

McGrath famously batted outside the crease to negate the lbw.

The game ended in a draw, but England did manage to win the next Test played in Nottingham, and went onto win the series 2-1.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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