AUSTRALIA WINS ASHES
Some outstanding performances by the Australians made the difference between the two sides. Steve Smith’s 687 runs in the series was the vital ingredient in Australia’s victory. Lyon and Josh Hazelwood took 21 wickets each, Mitchell Starc 22 despite of missing the fourth test through injury and Pat Cummins topping the list with 23 wickets after taking 4-39 to clean up the England tail on Monday. In the last test match at Sydney, Marsh brothers scored centuries in the same innings of an Ashes test to join Chappell siblings and Waugh twins. Khwaja was another successful batsman in the Sydney test match scoring 171 runs and contributing significantly in Australia’s 123 runs and an innings winner. Australian captain has lauded his spinner, Nathan Lyon as “exceptional” in the series for his consistency and temperament. Apart from home conditions, Aussies had a mental dominance over the English team that’s been prevailing over the years.
“We had clear plans and a lot of them worked. England had their foot in the door in most tests but we won the key moments. That was crucial and didn’t allow England back in the game”, the proud Australian skipper said to the media. Smith has a good cricketing brain and he’s so proactive to take decisions at crucial moments of the game. He’s very much inclined to plan meticulously for the upcoming Ashes tour in England that is 18 months away. With a convincing series win by 4-0, Australia is again slowly and steadily reshaping into a formidable cricketing side.
England was doing well before the Ashes but couldn’t continue the performance against the might of Australians especially in their own territory. Overall, England played mediocre cricket. The batsmen struggled to score prolifically to put Australia in pressure and neither the bowlers could threaten the Aussie batting lineup throughout the series.