Ricky Ponting took a ball square in the mouth on Saturday, but his dismissal in Australia's second innings on Sunday will have caused the fiercely proud Tasmanian a good deal more pain.
With Australia on the ropes at 90-2 the stage was set for their battle-hardened captain to perform one last act of defiance, in what in all likelihood would be his last Ashes appearance on these shores.
But as Ponting and Mike Hussey settled in, thoughts turned to the unthinkable. If these two stayed put, Australia could win this match, rip up the record books and break Pommy hearts. Aussie heaven.
The hundredRead More »from Ponting left to rue what could have been