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.
Ben Stokes made a name for himself at the World Cup, and the 28-year-old was up to his old tricks as he hit a stunning 135 not out, handing England one of their all-time most significant victories.
The age old rivalry between England and Australia has always made for some of the best cricket. This year we will be witnessing yet another spectacle when the Ashes begins on August 1st.
A battle between nations that were both in the top four looked sure to be an exciting game but instead Australia dominated the match. England faltered once again after stumbling earlier in the tournament to Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Anticipation was growing ahead of England’s World Cup opener at The Oval, and thanks to Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer, that anticipation quickly turned into delight, as they both starred in a fantastic England win against South Africa.
Following England’s embarrassing defeat at the hands of Pakistan in the first Test at Lord’s, former England skipper Michael Vaughan directed criticism in the direction of both Joe Root and Stuart Broad.
You could say that the Winter hasn’t been a happy time for England so far, especially after their 4-0 Ashes defeat in Australia. They are now set to embark on a Test Series in New Zealand imminently and this will give them a chance to restore a bit of pride and potentially change people’s view of how the last six months have gone.
You could say that the nation is divided right now on England and their Ashes defence.
This Saturday sees the world’s #2 ranked cricket side take on the West Indies, and with a stellar recent performance in the T20 events, England look to come into the competition with a strong competitive advantage. Read more