Remains after the ashes ;) how ironical.
It's been a while since i wrote anything about cricket. I think this would be the right time to end my exile from posting about it. I am writing this like a phoenix out of the Ashes rather after the ashes :) .Yep the Ashes was done dusted literally few weeks back. I know i am pretty late, but better late than never. Even if i post late i will post the latest :)
The Summer Ashes ended with England taking back the ashes of its cricket after bashing the Aussies 2-1. They are now the proud owner of the urn at least till next years winter Ashes down under.
Here is a sum up of the some events and players this series.
Broad Shoulders :The most noticeable one is Stuart Broad. Many remember him for the six sixes, in ashes he picked up six wickets in an innings and scored fifties. Time really turns the tables doesn't it ?
Trott-a-thon : Jonathan Trott trotted his way to his century on his Debut. A great find for English cricket, though it is very early to say so.
De-straussed :Strauss was very conventional in his approach towards captaincy and got away with it but he lead from the front with his batting. BTW he was the Man of the Series.
Pup which packs a punch rather a bite:Then there is Michael Clarke aka Pup, who was in sublime form. The one who might become the alpha male after Punter
Swann's swaha aussie wickets : How can we forget Graeme Swann's ball of the century and his superb bowling throughout the series.
With him England have found out the Spinner they searched for all these years.
Surprise packages: Hilfy and Pete Siddle were the surprise packages for the Aussies. Marcus the least talked about stamped his authority with his gritty batting showing that he is a class act. He even picked a few wickets.
Nothing rave about Ravi : I would rate Ravi Bopara as the no: 1 flopstar of this series. The guy was given Michael Vaughan's no: 3 spot and failed to impress. He had a torrid time and still having so in the T20 played just recently.
The Man who ended up being Johnson and Johnson's baby: Mitchell Johnson is not far behind. Mitch was only a shadow of himself in SA. He had no rhythm at all, bowling wides and easy pickings for the batsmen.
Bret Fl(e)ed : Brett Lee was making comeback whole of the ashes. He was a mere traveler. He made news before every match that he is gonna play and ended warming the benches. That is the only impact he had on the series.
KP jus kidding around dressing room: KP probably the best batsmen in the English side couldn't play whole of the Ashes and was a dampener.
Farewell to Big Fred: Last but not least the ashes saw one of English cricket's greatest All-rounders Andrew Freddie Flintoff bidding adieu to Test cricket, if his recent knee surgery is anything to go by, to cricket as a whole. Freddie's test career has been drawn curtains way to quickly than one would have expected. He was given the farewell he deserved, 'An Ashes victory'.
Barking pups seldom bite : The notorious Pup ( mike Clarke) said that it is sad that Flintoff will end as a loser. Hey pup look who is the Loser, you are now the loser with a small 'l' and Ponting is the Loser with a capital 'L'.
Batter and bruised: Talking about the loser with the capital 'L', he literally got battered and bruised in the final test look at this pic.
hahaha. Look who had the last laugh. You guys should have seen him speak to Atherton at the presentation, he was almost crying.
Its not about doing right things but doing right things at the right time: The funny thing is that Australia scored more runs and took more wickets in the entire series than England and still lost the series 2-1. Both the teams were really good when they were good and really bad when they bad. England did the right things at the right time and shook the booty
A captain who whitewashed the same team back home, a captain who has never lost a match in the World cup, a captain who has won series against every test team was left biting the dust for the second time in a row. Australia has now become Losstralia, at an all time low. Knowing the Aussies and their aggressive nature, they will be ready to get their revenge. That is gonna be the recipe for much better cricket in the Ashes once again. For now the Ashes of English cricket is in safe hands.