Record score and we still lost
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa ? Ricky Ponting rated it the greatest one-day cricket international ever played but he wants his team to forget it as quickly as possible.
Ponting hit 164 to lead his side to an almost unthinkable world record total of 4-434 yet he still ended up on the losing side as Herschelle Gibbs smashed a breathtaking 175 and the Proteas replied with 9-438.
Was this the greatest game ever?
"It's probably got to be, yeah,'' said Ponting. "Nearly 900 runs (872) for the day. It will probably have to go down as a historymaking day for us at the start of the day and then for them.''
Ponting just wants his team to move on and is confident the defeat won't greatly affect his team's pysche going into the Tests.
"We've got to try and forget what's happened today as quickly as we can,'' said Ponting.
The skipper pointed out Australia's Test attack would have a very different look from the oneday lineup pasted yesterday.