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Monday, August 15, 2005

Cricket: Ashes: 3rd Test - Ponting saves Australia from defeat, Match drawn

Mon., Aug. 15, 11:20 p.m. IST
3rd Test ends in a draw.

Ricky Ponting played an innings that would have made Steve Waugh proud.
His heroic, leading from the front by example, captain's innings of 156 runs helped Australia save the 3rd Ashes test v. England on the 5th and final day at Old Trafford, Manchester.

Although he was out with four overs remaining for the end of the day's play, Brett Lee and Glenn McGrath played the four overs for Australia to draw the match. Australia, chasing 423 for victory, ended the day at 371/9, with only a wicket separating England from victory.

Well played, Ricky Ponting!

Final Scores: 3rd Test. Old Trafford, Manchester.
England...1st Innings...444 all out
Australia...1st Innings...302 all out
England...2nd Innings...280/6 decl.
Australia...2nd Innings...371/9
Match Drawn.

Read the full scorecard.

View images of the fifth day's play.

The 4th Ashes test starts on Aug. 25 at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.