Ricky Ponting

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Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke with their Allan Border Medals

Pup and I

Sitting back and reflecting on the retirement of Michael Clarke a week or so after the Ashes, I was struck by how much our careers intertwined

Ricky Ponting avoids a bouncer

The importance of knuckling down

Batsmen don't seem adept at getting through testing spells of bowling these days - as we saw at Edgbaston

Michael Clarke was dismissed for 7

Time for Clarke to keep it simple

Michael Clarke is at his best when getting on to the front foot. Against Stuart Broad his weight is now going backwards in anticipation of short stuff, which leaves him vulnerable

Glenn McGrath poses with a wax statue of himself at Madame Tussauds

No. 11: Glenn McGrath

Last batsman in, but opening with the ball in the former Australia captain's Ashes XI: a man who bowled with unwavering accuracy

Brad Haddin rues a missed opportunity

Every player will feel Haddin's absence

Brad Haddin's record in all matches against England is phenomenal, not least during the most recent Ashes. Walking out without him will be a very different experience for the Australians

Shane Warne walks along the boundary line

No. 10: Shane Warne

The specialist spinner in the former Australia captain's Ashes XI: a man with over 700 Test wickets

Jason Gillespie in his delivery stride

No. 9: Jason Gillespie

At No. 9 in the former Australia captain's Ashes XI: a fast bowler who scored a Test double-hundred

Andrew Flintoff bounces Phillip Hughes

No. 8: Andrew Flintoff

The allrounder in the former Australia captain's Ashes XI: the star of England's 2005 Ashes win

Adam Gilchrist completes the catch to remove MS Dhoni

No. 7: Adam Gilchrist

Behind the stumps in the former Australia captain's Ashes XI: the greatest wicketkeeper-batsman of all time?