London: England off-spinner Graeme Swann has said the ball that bowled Australian captain Ricky Ponting for 17 in the second innings of the just concluded Edgbaston Test was the most satisfying delivery of his fledgling international career.
In an article for The Sun, Swann said: “The ball with which I bowled Ricky Ponting at Edgbaston was the most satisfying of my career. I'll never tire of talking about it and I'm sure my grandkids will get the full story in 30 years' time. As for my England teammates - well, they are already fed up seeing and hearing about the delivery!
“On average, I manage to bowl maybe three or four batsmen through the gate each season - so to get Ponting out like that was pretty special. It was on the fourth evening, when we were pushing for wickets. I'd bowled a decent over to Ponting as I tried to vary my pace and hit the rough created by Mitchell Johnson's footmarks. Then, from the last ball of that over, I got one to drift away in the air and then turn in sharply to the batsman," he says.
“Ponting is Australia's best player and captain so his wicket is always key. It was a huge moment for us," Swann adds.
He also says that the England team really believed that it could take the eight remaining Australian wickets on the fifth day, but at the end of the test, the feeling was that the bowlers were guilty of trying too hard.
He also praised the aggressive type of cricket England was playing, saying this has helped to create a great Ashes atmosphere.