BACKED into a corner and trailing 1-0 in the series against South Africa, Australia captain Ricky Ponting showed his fighting spirit with a defiant 101 in the second Test.
Funny thing is, since the 70s when every other Test team had a world-class all-rounder, Australia’s only answer to the paucity of that crucial category was the brilliant Adam Gilchrist.
The occasional frailty of the top order during Australia’s dominance was due in no small measure to Gilly, who could bat with the tail and turn 5-250 into 450+ all out.
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