Ponting Joins the 11,000 Club with 38th Century

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Ponting Joins the 11,000 Club with 38th Century
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Simon Katich scored his maiden Ashes hundred and Australia captain Ricky Ponting also reached three figures to keep England at bay on the second day of the first Ashes Test here today.

Australia, at stumps at Sophia Gardens, were 249 for one in reply to England's first innings 435, a deficit of 186.

Left-handed opener Katich, dropped early in his innings, was 104 not out and Ponting 100 not out, with their unbroken stand worth 189.

Katich, who has been at the crease for nearly five hours, became the first cricketer to score a Test hundred in Wales when he pulled Andrew Flintoff to post his eighth century at this level off 214 balls with eight fours.

Ponting, who by contrast was compiling his 38th Test hundred, followed him to the landmark with a single off the penultimate ball of the day, also from Flintoff, to bring up a century in 155 balls with eight fours.

During the course of his innings Ponting joined Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and former Australia captain Allan Border as the only batsmen to have made more than 11,000 Test runs.

"We couldn't capitalise on the runs we made and that was disappointing," said England off-spinner Graeme Swann, who made an unbeaten 47 in England's innings.

"It was good for me to go out there and bat. I like to smash it, that's the way I like to play. Jimmy (Anderson, who made 26) played like Brian Lara for an hour or so which was great to watch.

Swann admitted that England were disappointed by their day in the field.

"The ball is doing absolutely nothing. It's not turning and it's exacerbated when there are two guys out there playing that well. But we haven't really bowled that well as a unit."

Katich said he was delighted with his century.

"It's a very special moment," he said. "It's nice to score runs on a good wicket.

"I wasn't sure I would get back into the side after the West Indies series but now I want to cherish and enjoy it. I'm hitting the ball straighter now, I'm better balanced and have more confidence."

A still largely docile pitch was as much of a stumbling block to England's attack as it had been to their Australian counterparts and highlighted the lack of truly fearsome fast bowlers on either side.

The one exception was Flintoff, who produced a ferocious burst when introduced into the attack after lunch that saw him remove opener and Ashes debutant Phillip Hughes.

Flintoff immediately tested the 20-year-old left-hander from around the wicket in a bid to cramp the batsman for room.

The pace bowler then saw Katich, on 10, drive the ball low and hard back at him only for Flintoff, in his follow through, to drop the difficult caught and bowled chance.

Hughes, who favours the offside, had made 28 runs off 30 balls before lunch.

But it was a different story after the break with the 20-year-old only managing eight off 24 in the face of some fiery bowling from Flintoff, playing his first Test of the season following a knee injury.

Hughes was eventually out for 36 when he inside edged Flintoff, the hero of England's 2005 Ashes series win, and wicket-keeper Matt Prior held a good, low diving catch.

But that was as good as it got for England in the session, even though Flintoff, who took one wicket for 15 runs in six overs, several times beat Katich on the outside edge.

Off-spinner Graeme Swann reeled off five consecutive maidens on a pitch taking turn but Australia's second-wicket duo were rarely troubled by him or left-arm spinner Monty Panesar.

However, Swann was convinced he had Katich lbw for 56 with a ball that pitched in line and spun past the batsman's defences.

But West Indian umpire Billy Doctrove was unmoved.

Ponting produced a chanceless display, driving and pulling in typically authoritative fashion as he scored his eighth Test century against England.

Swann had had more success earlier in the day with the bat.

Coming in at No 9, he made 47 not out and, together with James Anderson (26), had shared in a valuable ninth-wicket stand of 68 in just 53 balls before lunch.

Swann struck rival off-spinner Nathan Hauritz for three fours in a row, the last a cheeky reverse sweep that took England past 400 after they'd resumed on 336 for seven with all of their specialist batsmen out.

But he was left just short of his second Test fifty when last man Panesar edged Hauritz to Ponting in the slips.

England 1st Innings (overnight: 336-7)
A. Strauss c Clarke b Johnson 30
A. Cook c Hussey b Hilfenhaus 10
R. Bopara c Hughes b Johnson 35
K. Pietersen c Katich b Hauritz 69
P. Collingwood c Haddin b Hilfenhaus 64
M. Prior b Siddle 56
A. Flintoff b Siddle 37
J. Anderson c Hussey b Hauritz 26
S. Broad b Johnson 19
G. Swann not out 47
M. Panesar c Ponting b Hauritz 4
Extras (b13, lb11, w2, nb12) 38
Total (all out, 106.5 overs, 451 mins) 435
Fall of wickets: 1-21 (Cook), 2-67 (Strauss), 3-90 (Bopara), 4-228 (Collingwood), 5-241 (Pietersen), 6-327 (Flintoff), 7-329 (Prior), 8-355 (Broad), 9-423 (Anderson), 10-435 (Panesar)
Bowling: Johnson 22-2-87-3; Hilfenhaus 27-5-77-2 (4nb, 1w); Siddle 27-3-121-2 (5nb, 1w); Hauritz 23.5-1-95-3 (3nb); Clarke 5-0-20-0; Katich 2-0-11-0

Australia 1st Innings
P. Hughes c Prior b Flintoff 36
S. Katich not out 104
R. Ponting not out 100
Extras (lb6, w1, nb2) 9
Total (1 wkt, 71 overs, 275 mins) 249
Fall of wickets: 1-60 (Hughes)
Bowling: Anderson 13-1-57-0 (1w); Broad 12-1-58-0; Swann 20-7-49-0; Flintoff 15-3-48-1 (2nb); Panesar 11-2-31-0 
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