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Has James Faulkner blamed Stuart Broad for setting example of not walking.Knighthood for Trevor Bayliss probably due any time.Gary Ballance was scapegoated.
Saw the BBC article on 10 reasons why England won. It should have listed Aussie arrogance as one. The Aussies believed that they could bully England with the same tactics that work in Aus. It doesn't work in English conditions and they were too arrogant to change. Steve Smith is a flat-track bully
Test cricket should be about skill character patience it is a test . I believe Test cricket should be seperate from ODI and 20/20. Use the latter formats to blood new players but keep the Test team seperate
England have won five of the last seven Ashes series. Yet Aussies are generally so cocky and disparaging of England? Inferiority complex I reckon
Broady delivered yet another outstanding match winning performance when it mattered most. He now has over 300 wkts and will no doubt pass Anderson in time. Strauss/Saker hampered Broady for a while, insisting he bowl short (the enforcer), gladly they are out of the way now and he can concentrate on becoming a truly great bowler. To think, many on here were calling for his axe 2-3 years ago !
@250, what Tests against India in 2016? I think you'll find England are playing Sri Lanka and Pakistan next summer!
@215, Voges was picked because of his experience of county cricket and because of his outstanding season in the last Australian summer. His age is irrelevant. The fact that he's struggled in this series is just unfortunate. So have most of the Australian batsmen. Rogers was recalled two years ago at the age of 35 and has established himself in Test cricket.
@210, Carberry is having a modest season in a poor Hampshire team. He hasn't scored a county championship hundred all season.
@199, the reason why these Australian tourists haven't adapted to English conditions is that they haven't had time. Tours are much shorter these days, with back to back Tests and few practice matches. What few practice matches there are tend to be against weak opposition in different conditions to those that can be expected in the Tests. The home country has a massive advantage these days.
Maybe this hit and thrust test match cricket is also due to (too much) one day and T20 cricket. You wonder if India and Pak will continue test cricket because over there they go crazy with pyjama cricket like here with football. The main article by Fordyce is right about players not having the time as they did before to adapt to away wickets and that's making the test matches too predictable.
the series has been a real eye opener and i havent really thought about it much until now- after reading the stats like in 2013 no test side won away from home. this loss has been the straw that broke the camels back in terms of how test cricket is becoming a rubbish game. im not going to put up with it any longer and it needs changing - there is nothing special beating a team at home these days
''To think Home and Away used to be so popular. Ashes cricket, supposedly the fiercest contest the sport can offer, is in danger of becoming dangerously predictable.Playing at home? You'll probably win. Playing away? Good luck.''glad to see the bbc journalists have read my comments and realize that a neutral groundsman and away captain choice of ball or bat are now important. write to icc!!
On balance it is a fair criticism that test matches are finishing quicker not because of devastating performances, rather un-test-like batting.The obvious culprit T20 has widened interest in cricket overall on the other hand.5 day cricket may just have reached its collapse, especially when the players no longer find it exciting enough to hang on for their dear life to save or win a game.
A note on why the Ashes hold major significance for English and Australian cricket-lovers: The rivalry dates from C19, so the Ashes have a long history. Many of the world's great (Aus/Eng) cricketers have graced an Ashes series. To play in an Ashes series is the prime ambition of an Eng/Aus cricketer. The Ashes have survived two world wars. Many informed journalists have written on the Ashes.. &c.
Yes, it's all very nice to win back The Ashes, but when England tour Australia next, they will probably hand them right back.Test Cricket is dying, because of the IPL and various other scheduling conflicts.It is now almost impossible for a touring side to win away from home. In a dozen years there will probably only be 3 teams (Eng,Aus & SA) seriously contesting Test Cricket - the original big 3
Glenn McGrath will probably have to shoot some poor defenceless animal to console himself.
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