Centurions Katich, Ponting inspired by painful memories of Ashes 2005

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Cardiff (Wales), July 10 (ANI): Australia captain Ricky Ponting and opener Simon Katich, who scored unbeaten centuries on Thursday to take their team to a formidable 249 for one at stumps in reply to England's score of 436, said they were inspired by the painful memory of the 2005 Ashes series loss.

Both veterans combined for an unbroken 189-run partnership in an attempt to bat England out of the first Test.

"Those of us who had been through what happened four years ago, it hurt," the Herald Sun quoted Katich, as saying after he had finished up on 104 not out and Ponting on an unbeaten 100.

" You can't forget that hurt. From that point of view, there are a few of us who are keen to make amends from that tour," Katich added.

Katich claimed that Ponting's hunger for success should not be underestimated.

"There's no doubt, " Katich said, adding: "You can tell by the way he's going about his business."

Katich claimed that Australia's shock series win in South Africa early this year, after losing a series at home for the first time in 17 years, had moulded the new-look team.

"This is a hungry group. We showed that in South Africa," he said. (ANI)

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