For the first time the Ashes has been a rollercoaster. This year ashes was too different enough and it was interesting because of England winning the third and fourth Test and with Clarke losing the test and his retirement it created more buzz.
England won the series 3-2 and Australia dampened the winning streak of England at the final test at The Oval but that did not make any difference to England because they won the series already and The hosts, underdogs coming into the series, avenged the 5-0 whitewash down under in 2010-11 and have now won all four home Ashes series since losing in 2001.
Australia’s resounding win was reflective of a series low on tension but high on drama. England belied their status as pre-series as Australia won the first Test in Cardiff with a huge margin of 405 runs and it was a huge blow to the hosts.
Steven Smith was the first player ever to score 500 runs in Ashes. Mitchell Johnson also played well so as from England Joe Root, Broad, Finn and Ali did an awesome job.
Cook’s captaincy was impeccable.Cooks captaincy and the trust on his players and the zeal the players had for this series made them win the Ashes.
Australia also played well where they won the second test with huge margin of 405 runs and the final test with an innings and 46 runs. Clarke lost ashes five series as a player and a captain and this can be saddening.
With Clarke’s farewell I am glad that he won the final test but could not win the Ashes which is a bad remark on his captaincy and his career. After the retirement Steven Smith takes over the captaincy lets see how well he does apart from performing on the cricket ground.
On a personal note I feel any team who beats the world champions needs to celebrate. Beating the world champions is not an easy task so pat on the back for the England team who did well.
Going forward need to see how Australia performs in Steve Smith’s Captaincy and how well they perform as a team and how well they win and regain their momentum.