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Aussies strike early Ashes blow as Ponting sweeps Strauss aside online

For cricket fans around the country, the wait is finally over. England’s attempt to retain the Ashes on Australian soil is underway, with the visitors looking to avoid defeat down under for the first time since the 1986/87 series.

And despite a general consensus that England will never have a better chance to turn over their great adversaries in their own back yard, the Aussies have typically drawn first blood in the battle of both captains’ online popularity.

Internet research spanning the main social networks indicates that Ricky Ponting has a greater online profile compared to his opposite number, Andrew Strauss.

People search website,, have spent hours crunching all the important numbers using in-depth algorithms and at this early stage in the Ashes series, Ponting leads Strauss by 10,435 points to 6,187.

The figures are based on numerous factors, including Facebook fans and Twitter followers.

Trevor Saadi, Head of Online Business of kgbPeople, says: “Ponting may be out in front at the minute but these are early days. We’re calling out to all English fans to address this balance by simply becoming fans and followers of Strauss of Facebook and Twitter. Our search algorithm will be able to work out which captain has ultimately gone for a duck, or smashed a six out of the ground!

“Ricky is clearly one of the biggest names in cricket, being a former Wisden and ICC Cricketer of the Year yet with England’s population doubling that of Australia, we’re hoping we can help Straussy edge the battle off the pitch as well as on it.”

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