Sunday, January 5, 2014

An Ashes whitewash

Australia has beaten England in the New Year test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The match lasted less than three days, and the thrashing gives Australia only the third clean sweep in Ashes history. Michael Carberry's equipment malfunction earlier this afternoon really epitomised England's fortunes:


Five-nil is an emphatic result for Australia, and an abysmal failure for an English side that was brimming with confidence when it had Australia at 132 for six in the first innings of the series back on 21 November 2013. Since then, it has been one-way traffic.

This series will be career-ending for a number of English players. Graeme Swann saw the writing on the wall and retired before the Boxing Day test, Jonathan Trott's future is in considerable doubt, Kevin Pietersen may have played his last test innings, Matt Prior and Monty Panesar are on the outer and Father Time is catching up with Jimmy Anderson. 

And whilst the Australians have been dominant over England, we'll find out either how good they were or how poor England was when the Ashes victors tour South Africa next month. That is a series to look forward to.

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