Ponting does like to make a point.
Whether it is with a fuck you hundred or a 400 page diary in which he reiterates points he has made earlier, the man likes you to know exactly what he wants you to know.
Ponting will tell the press that it wasn’t just because of his bowlers that England made a kabillion runs for the loss of only one wicket, just so he had evidence, he went about scoring as quick as he could.
It was like a child saying, “look, see, I told you, I bloody told you it was the pitch”.
As if by making runs and pointing this out to the press, everyone will ignore that Mitchell bowled like I synchronize dive. And the rest of the attack didn’t make him look that bad.
Still, if your bowlers have embarrassed you, it is nice of the opposition captain to let you bash them around for a bit.
On the 27th of December, this Gabba pitch will start breaking up. They should bring the aussies back then just to see if it was the pitch, or they really are that shit.
By then, they might have won or lost the ashes.
The good thing for Ponting and Strauss is that now neither of them will have nightmares about losing 5-0.
Their loss will now not be a psychological bad number, and I’m sure that will calm them both down.
At this stage in the ashes, everyone talks about momentum.
The momentum is with Australia as they were smashing England around at the end if the match, they were momentuming all over England’s face.
From what I can tell from any number of experts, that is how momentum works, isn’t it?
So Australia are odds on to win the next test. You heard it hear first.