Ashes 2009 July 7, 2009

Heads, tails...or npower?

When Andrew Strauss and Ricky Ponting meet in the middle on Wednesday for the toss, there could be no call of heads or tails when the coin is flicked

When Andrew Strauss and Ricky Ponting meet in the middle on Wednesday for the toss, there could be no call of heads or tails when the coin is flicked.

The ECB commissioned the Royal Mint, whose home is in Wales, to produce a commemorative medal for the 2009 Ashes. But on closer inspection, there is neither a head or a tail to be seen. Instead, it pictures a batsman presenting a solid forward defence on one side, and npower's logo on the reverse.

A spokesman for Royal Mint told Cricinfo that the side showing the batsman will be called heads, but don't discount one of Ponting and Strauss yelling “npower” to delight their sponsors. The gold medals are limited edition and yours for £1595.

Will Luke is assistant editor of ESPNcricinfo

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