Sustaining a great sporting dynasty is in itself a difficult task as Ricky Ponting has found since taking over as Australia captain five years ago.
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Reshaping a side capable of matching the giants of the past is an altogether tougher challenge. On the evidence of the current series in South Africa it is a challenge which may yet prove Ponting's greatest triumph.
The one blot on Ponting's career has been the Ashes defeat in the unforgettable 2005 series. Although his side took swift revenge by trouncing England 5-0 in Australia, Ponting would dearly love to beat the old enemy on their home grounds this year.
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