For the first time in 18 years, Australia have retained the Ashes on foreign soil when they overcame a stubborn England. The Aussies were made to work for their victory even though the score doesn’t quite show that.
The series has been a memorable one for many reasons and it’s not quite over yet with there still being another game to play which could see Australia win the series as well.
Australia have managed to return the urn and have done so with impressive team displays throughout the series. They were deserved winners with England mostly relying on individual performances and miracles. Some might say England were missing some integral players especially in James Anderson who is their all-time wicket-taker. But on the other side of it, they had just won a World Cup and should be able to cope without him. Nonetheless, they ultimately could not cope with a relentless Australia.
Australia’s Bowling Relentless
Coming into a tense final session England’s bottom order battled to keep their side in the game and tried to see out the day to earn a draw. But their luck had finally run out when they were dismissed for 197, chasing a massive 383 to win. Australia’s bowling line-up has proved too strong for the English throughout the series. Especially with it consisting of the new world number one test bowler Pat Cummins who took 4-43 in the final innings.
Root Remains In Charge
Australia have been relentless in all facets of the game and although England have been persistent; it just wasn’t enough as the Aussies proved that they are the better test side. It would have been an epic summer for England if they had won the Ashes to go along with their World Cup triumph. Australia’s win by 185 runs has left England devastated. But their captain Joe Root has remained optimistic; as he still believes that he is the right man to lead the side going forward.
For many reasons, this Ashes series will be remembered as the ‘Smith’s Ashes’ due to his consistency and potency with the bat. The man who missed 12 months due to a ban has played as if he never missed a minute. He played as if he has a point to prove and he did as he is once again the world number one Test batsman. His figures throughout the series speak volumes as he scored 671 runs at a 134.2 average. He scored three hundreds with his highest score coming in the deciding game when he scored 211. The top order from both sides have struggled for runs thus far but not Smith; his consistency was key to Australia retaining the Ashes.
Australia Deadly Bowling Depth
Australia is renowned for their fast bowlers over the years and they certainly had no shortage of that coming into the series. The trio of Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins is arguably the best fast bowling attack in world cricket. They are also complemented by the brilliant spin of Nathan Lyon. Their depth extends as far as Peter Siddle and James Pattinson who are just as good and keep the three main bowlers on their toes and keep their standards extremely high. The Australian bowling attack has torn through the England batting line-up on a number of occasions this series. This has proven to have been extremely costly for the English.
England have a final test to try and earn a draw as well as redeem themselves. It’s much needed with the team’s morale looking like it’s at an all-time low. Australia have another chance to rub salt into the wounds and there’s nothing they would like more.