Wednesday, December 29, 2010
A Nation In Mourning
On the right is a map showing the various states of Australia, at this very moment grown men are weeping in all those places.
So The Ashes have been retained, Australia have been defeated twice by innings, the first time that has ever happened in a series played in Australia, England will be looking for a third victory in the final test in order to win the series outright.
What has been so marvellous is that this has been such a team effort. Jimmy Anderson has led the attack for England ably supported by Broad, Swann, Tremlett and the inspired selection of a Yorkshireman for the fourth test in Tim Bresnan. For the batters, the resurgent form of Alastair Cook, who now has 577 runs for the series, has led the way, all the batsman have made runs and only the normally indomitable Paul Collingwood will think he has had a poor series.
Many writers and broadcasters have been continually saying how poor Australia are at the moment, and how many problems and divisions there are behind the scenes, but don't get distracted by that, this is an Australia side with players like Hussey, Ponting, Siddle, Watson and Hadding. England have had to be the better side to retain the Ashes, and the better side they have been.