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Why Ricky Ponting called Michael Vaughan ‘rabbit’

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Michael Vaughan, speaking on the Tuffers and Vaughan podcast, recalled why Ricky Ponting would call him ‘rabbit’.

It started during the fourth Test of the famous 2005 Ashes series. With the series tied at 1-1 and England going strong in the first innings of the Nottingham Test, the then-Australia captain decided to roll his arms over.

As it turned out, he managed to dismiss his English counterpart, who had worked his way to a 99-ball-58 by then. Vaughan became the fifth, and last, Test victim of Ponting’s right-arm medium. And that, as Vaughan revealed, was why Ponting called him ‘rabbit’.

“When I went Down Under to do a bit of work in the winter, he’d just tend to walk past me in the corridor and call me ‘rabbit,’” the former England captain said when quizzed whether Ponting has ever reminded him of the dismissal.

Though Vaughan’s wicket had given Australia some respite, Andrew Flintoff’s brisk 102-run knock set the tone as England ultimately registered a famous three-wicket win.

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