The home team for the Ashes, Australia have managed to win the Ashes Urn for the first time in 7 years, preventing England from winning it for a fourth consecutive time. The English were heavily off form for some reason, considering that they hammered Australia no less than 5 months ago to regain the Ashes for a third consecutive time in England. Yet, despite England playing poorly for near enough the whole of the series, there is nothing being taken away from Australia, who played wonderfully, outplaying England at every corner.
In the history of the Ashes, which began in 1882, there have been 68 series played between the two countries Australia and England, and the contest has always been tight. There have been 5 draws overall, but besides that fact, Australia have now won 32 series, whilst England are narrowly behind on 31 series wins. However, there was nothing close about this series at the end of 2013 as Australia were the dominant team. The first test was dominated by the home side, who won by 381 runs, and the second was played out in a similar style, with Australia winning by 218 runs.
After the first test there were many doubts that England could come back in the series, and following the second test, nobody would have placed a bet on the visitors. Australia managed to hit over 350 runs in each of their two innings which meant that England, who only managed 251 runs in their first innings, needed to get over 500 runs in order to win, something which seemed highly unlikely. Despite an inspiring performance from Ben Stokes, who hit 120 runs for England, Alastair Cook’s men could not score enough to win the test, giving Australia the Ashes Urn.
The Australians will certainly be celebrating, but the Australian coach Darren Lehmann, who started coaching a terrible team from last summer and made them Ashes winners, will be looking ahead to the future. Lehmann will want his team to rub salt in the wounds of England and go for 2 more test triumphs, embarrassing the visitors with a 5-0 white wash. The only target that England has now is to try and avoid losing at Melbourne and Sydney in attempt to make the series loss not look as dominating as it has been so far.
Author Daniel Foster.
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