Ponting celebrates Ashes win with teammates
Emulating Sir Don Bradman's generosity of more than a half-century ago, Ricky Ponting gives his teammates a luxury watch to celebrate their win.india Updated: Dec 23, 2006 19:04 IST
Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting has emulated Sir Donald Bradman's generosity of more than a half-century ago, giving each of his teammates a limited-edition luxury watch to celebrate Australia's Ashes win over England.
After the famous Invincibles tour of England in 1948, Bradman gave each of his teammates a pair of gold cufflinks.
"It's a great opportunity to say thanks to the guys personally for what they've done over the last four or five weeks and also something they can wear around and play in if they want to," Ponting said of the watches which will be handed out by Christmas.
"It's really capturing the moment of what we've done over the last few weeks. There's no doubt this has been a special moment for me, as it is for the rest of the players."
The gesture is courtesy of one of Ponting's personal sponsors. He said he knew about Bradman's 1948 gesture when he decided to hand out the watches.
Australia clinched the Ashes with a win at the WACA Ground in Perth last Monday, its third straight victory in the five-match series.