Former England Test captain Andrew Flintoff has claimed picking up Ricky Ponting's wicket at Edgbaston in the 2005 Ashes series was the best wicket of his career.
Flintoff paid tribute to Ponting, who has decided to retire after the Perth Test against South Africa, saying the former Australian batsman was a great batsman and a very determined competitor.
"A great batsman, a good bloke and a very tough competitor," the Guardian quoted Flintoff, as saying of the former Australia captain between the press conference and weigh-in at Manchester's Hilton hotel for his fight with Richard Dawson on Friday.
"I remember in my last Test, at The Oval [in 2009], he was fielding at silly point and he took a bit of a blow to the mouth, but he just spat the blood out and carried on. That was typical of Ricky," he added.
That was the same Test in which Flintoff ran out Ponting with a direct hit from wide mid-on to end a typically defiant captain's innings, and condemn him to a second Ashes series defeat.
Flintoff said: "I didn't get many run-outs, so that one gets remembered. But I'd say Ricky was the best wicket of my Test career back in the 2005 Ashes series at Edgbaston."
"He was the second top run-scorer of all time, wasn't he, which says a lot? But that doesn't tell you what a tough competitor he was. You always knew you were in a battle with Ricky, but he's a good bloke as well - everybody wanted to hate him over here because he was the Australia captain, but I always found him a top man," he added. (ANI)