England has retained the Ashes defeating Australia in Melbourne.
After 24 long years Andrew Strauss will return back from down under holding the priceless urn.
As Strauss makes history for England, his Australian counterpart Ricky Pointing is all set to become history for being only the second Australian captain to lose the urn thrice.
For a cricketer extraordinaire aiming for the fourth consecutive world cup victory in 2011, this humiliation is beyond repair.
In a matter of minutes world wide web will be full of punter bashing stories, signalling at the end of his career, but this would be a little too harsh on captain courageous.
Walking in at the fall of Shane Watson on Day one, OZ supporters rooted their captain who walked in to bat nursing a broken finger.
Expectation were sky-high and a blistering knock taking the steam out of the English attack if not the 40th test ton was anticipated by many fans in the packed MCG.
What did Punter in was the double-digit collapse on Boxing Day, when the OZ fell like a pack of cards on the bouncing MCG track.
It could have been tagged as one of the bad collapse had the opponents not been England and the series not Ashes.
The rivalry brings the best out of both the teams, but this time around the statistics were not favouring the Aussies. They can still draw the series, but urn will belong to the Englishmen.
Taking no credit from England, who played their hearts out, it’s been an entertaining series, with no clear favourites till the Boxing Day collapse.
Isn’t sport a great leveler.
Whatever Cricket Australia decides to do with Ponting, he’ll always be remembered as the captain who wore his heart on his sleeve and led from the front.