Only Ponting can beat Sachin's record: McGrath
Out-of-form Ricky Ponting is facing the heat from all quarters after Australia failed to retain the Ashes from England but his former team-mate Glenn McGrath feels the Aussie skipper will beat Sachin Tendulkar for the record of maximum runs in Test cricket.cricket Updated: Jan 01, 2011 23:14 IST
Out-of-form Ricky Ponting is facing the heat from all quarters after Australia failed to retain the Ashes from England but his former team-mate Glenn McGrath feels the Aussie skipper will beat Sachin Tendulkar for the record of maximum runs in Test cricket.
The former Australian pace spearhead was of the view that Ponting, 36, would finish his career with most runs in the history of Tests ahead of India's champion batsman Tendulkar.
"I always had a lot of faith in Ricky (Ponting) as a captain and a bloke. I'd play under him any day of the week.
I've still got total faith in him. I always felt that Ricky would finish his Test career with the most runs of anyone in the history of the game," McGrath said.
"Sachin (Tendulkar) is probably a little bit out of reach at the moment but I've got total faith in Rick bouncing back," he added.
At 37, Tendulkar is still going strong and presently leads the run-getters chart in Test matches with 14532 runs while Ponting is at the second spot with 12363 runs.
'Our rise to No.1 will start from Sydney'
Sydney: Australian batsman Mike Hussey said Saturday that his side's rise to World No.1 Test side spot will start with the fifth and the final Ashes Test against England.
Hussey said Australian cricketers are resolved to start the arduous journey back to the mountain top in 2011 after the downfall in 2010.
"(We need) to try to start the rise again, getting back to where we want to be - getting a team together we believe in and sticking with them and hoping to build our way back up. We'd like to be number one in the world. It's going to take time, but it can start now," Hussey was quoted as saying by The Age.
Win not enough to wash debacle: Haddin
Sydney: Australian vice-captain Brad Haddin Saturday admitted that the team's performance in the ongoing Ashes series will remain unacceptable irrespective of whatever happens in the final Test. "I do not think we can really draw a line on performances this summer." Haddin told the Sydney Morning Herald.
'Learnt a lot from Zaheer and Asif'
London: England pace bowler James Anderson attributed a part of his success to seamers Zaheer Khan and Mohammad Asif and said he learnt a lot watching them. "I learned a lot from Asif in England, how he hit the seam, wobbled it a bit and could swing it a bit too," Anderson was quoted as saying by The Mirror.