Andrew Flintoff bowled Ricky Ponting (above) three balls in-a-row for a hat-trick with a plastic ball © Getty Images
Andrew Flintoff bowled Ricky Ponting (above) three balls in-a-row for a hat-trick with a plastic ball © Getty Images

Melbourne: Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting has admitted that he was left `quite embarrassed` when former Ashes rival Andrew Flintoff bowled him out three times consecutively during the Ponting Foundation’s launch of the Biggest Game of Cricket charity event. To the disbelief of the spectators at the park cricket game, Ex- England all-rounder Flintoff bowled Ponting three balls in-a-row for a hat-trick with a plastic ball that didn’t bounce as much as a regular ball on a concrete pitch. “I was telling him just before he ran in for the third consecutive time and bowled me it was like facing him back in the 2005 Ashes when he was terrorising all of us Australian batsmen,” Ponting, who led Australia to the World Cup glories in 2003 and 2007, was quoted as saying by News.com.au. Andrew Flintoff: England cheated to win Ashes 2005

Ponting said that everyone busted into laughter thinking that he was doing it on purpose but he insisted that he was doing his absolute hardest. Ponting established the charity along with his wife Rianna in 2008 after they paid a visit to children with cancer in hospital. The charity event is aimed at raising money to support young people living with cancer. Ricky Ponting believes day-night Test will help secure Hobart’s status as Test venue

Earlier, Flintoff revealed that his team had ‘ cheated’ during the 2005 Ashes series win over England. Although his comment was met with laughter, Flintoff admitted that it was against the rules and spirit of cricket when England used substitute fielders illegally during the series, News.com.au reported. He was reflecting on the work of England substitute Gary Pratt, who ran Australian captain Ricky Ponting out with a direct hit in the fourth Test at Trent Bridge.