England didn't have a chance: Ponting
by Cricket Archive Staff Reporter
DateLine: 8th January 2007
Victorious Australia captain Ricky Ponting said Saturday that England
had no chance of retaining the Ashes thanks to his side's iron
Ponting said it felt "incredible" to seal a 5-0 series victory, the
first Ashes whitewash in 86 years, adding that it was deserved due to
Australia's meticulous preparation.
"If I had been allowed to write my own script for this series, I
couldn't have come up with anything better than this," Ponting wrote in
The Daily Telegraph newspaper. "It's been mistake-free, high-pressure
stuff and we've worked hard for it. It's not like we turned up and
expected our talent to win games. We prepared as well as we possibly
could, worked hard and got our just rewards. I would say that our
discipline was the key. We've done all the little things really well.
Our running between the wickets was great, our fielding, generally, was
sharp. Our bowling was terrific. Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath will
dominate the headlines - and rightly so - but Stuart Clark's also been
unbelievable. Our batting, when we had a partnership going, was
relentless. All the disciplines of Test cricket, really. We just didn't
give England a chance."
Ponting paid tribute to bowlers McGrath and Warne, who have retired
from Test cricket following the Ashes series. He praised quick McGrath
as better than Curtly Ambrose and Shaun Pollock, while he said spinner
Warne's special talent lay in anticipating what stroke the batsman
"As for England's performances, people will look at the scoreline and
think that they crumbled," Ponting wrote. "It's hard for me to judge.
I don't know their players and wouldn't like to comment on their
character or lack of it. All I know is that at different times in this
series we had to play exceptional cricket. I've been lucky enough to
have played in lots of winning teams, but this one has been special. To
be able to walk up to your bowlers, tell them what you want, set a few
field positions and then see it all come off. From a captain's point of
view, it doesn't get any better. The execution was perfect."