He's done it again. You want to hate the guy. You want to revel in your victory and the misery of the Australian captain. You want to hear him whinge and moan and blame the umpires. But he spoils it all by being such an honest, decent, honourable sod!
Well done to the boys, it was a fantastic performance in this test, all the more so on the back of the drubbing in Perth but damn it, well done to Ponting too for taking it on the chin like a man. Boy, could football managers learn from his example.
The Ashes are ours, the Aussies are routed, but Ponting has ensured that Australian cricket has retained its dignity.