Oz’s tremendous past record forced ECB to shift first Ashes match from Lord’sMay 24th, 2009 - 6:23 pm ICT by ANI
Sydney, May 24 (ANI): Oz skipper Ricky Ponting believes that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) decided not to host the first Ashes Test match at Lord’s due to Australia’s enviable record there.
Amazingly, Australia has not lost a single Test match at Lord’s since 1934.
The Lord’s has been hosting the second Ashes Test, however 2005 witnessed the home of cricket hosting the first Test, which was too pocketed by the Kangaroos.
Punter doesn’t considers it a mere coincidence that the England and Wales Cricket Board was not to keen to start the Ashes there.
This time around, it has been decided that first Test will be in Cardiff, despite the pitch there being rated as poor, and the second Test will be at Lord’s.
“There was a fair bit of talk about it last time, starting the Ashes at Lord’s, given our record. This time around, it will be the second Test match, and I’ve got no doubt they changed it on purpose,” Ponting said.
Some of the records as mentioned speak volumes of Australia’s dominance at the Lord’s.
-Twenty-one-year-old Bradman scored 254 in 1930.
-Bob Massie took 16 wickets in a Test in 1972.
-Allan Border made 196 in 1985, and averaged 100 in five Tests.
-Glenn McGrath took 8-38 in 1997 among 26 wickets at 11.5 apiece in three Tests.
-Despite losing the 2005 Ashes, Australia beat England by 239 runs in the first Test at Lord’s.
However, the present Oz contingent is by far the least experienced squad to have played in the Ashes with only four of the 16-man squad to have played a Test at the Lord’s.
And none of the biggies such as Ponting, Simon Katich, Michael Clarke,and Brett Lee have done well.
Ponting has scored only 69 runs at a paltry average of 17.25.
But Ponting has vowed to change the records and engrave his name on the big record board’s hanging around the Lord’s pavilion.
“There’s all these big boards up around the rooms, and you want to get your name on those boards at Lord’s.That’s one thing that I’ll be certainly looking to do because I haven’t done very well there. I’ve made a one-day hundred there, but not done so well in Tests,” The Sydney Morning Herald, quoted Ponting, as saying. (ANI)
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