England has won The Ashes again after hammering Australia to regain the urn. They wrapped up a spectacular win on the third morning of the fourth test at Trent Bridge. The England team won by one innings and 78 runs.
The massive winning margin for the series of 3-1 is remarkable as it comes just 19 months after the away defeat in which England were completely thrashed 5-0. It means that England have now beaten Australia in four consecutive home series.
Stokes had taken 5 wickets on the Friday, bringing the home side close to victory, The Ashes in a mere touching distance. He then picked up where he left off, taking another wicket in his second over of the day. Mark Wood needed only 10 balls to uproot the middle stump of Hazelwood, before he delivered the final blow, shattering the stumps and bringing Nathan Lyon to his knees. The entire England team celebrated their winning of The Ashes in a huddle before embarking on a lap of honour.
That the shambles of the previous Ashes gave way to such an emphatic victory is nothing short of astounding, but has thrown up the question raised by a few – is the Ashes becoming too predictable? Large victories are constantly overturned by even bigger ones – Australia has not lost at home since 2010 when they lost 3-1. England’s record is even longer, having not lost The Ashes at home since 2001. In fact, since 2002, 25 tests in The Ashes have been won by the home team, and just 7 by visitors, and this looks to be in no danger of changing.
Graeme Swann, part of the only touring team to win The Ashes since 2001, believes this is because of the severe differences in the grounds between the two nations more than anything else – the batters and bowlers simply cannot adjust to the changes in a short space of time. The fast attacking pace of Australian bowlers does not fit in with what is required on the softer English grounds – lateral movement of the ball through the air is at a premium. Only time will tell if things will change and The Ashes can become once again the most fierce competition in cricket.
Author Eoghan Aston
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