England thrashed Australia yet again in the 5th and final test at Sydney by an innings and 83 runs to inflict a humiliating Ashes defeat on Australia.
The Australian press have launched vitriolic attacks on their own team and its management, The Sydney Morning Herald has as its back page a picture of the Australian squad with the title 'Australia's Worst XI', but as with their cricket team, their press are missing the point. Australia have not lost because they are the worst side in history, they have been thrashed because they have faced one of the best England sides ever to tour Australia.
Alastair Cook has batted himself into the record books, and into the Man Of The Series award, by scoring a fantastic 766 runs in the series at an average of 127. Cook's average is almost double that of his nearest Australian rival Michael Hussey, who of course was forced to play more innings than Cook, for his average of 63 and a series total of 570 runs. Trott, Strauss, Bell, Pierterson and Prior have all batted well.
On the bowling side Jimmy Anderson led the attack with 24 wickets, Chris Tremlett with 17 and Graeme Swann with 15 were always a danger to the Australians. Steven Finn had 14 wickets when it was decided he needed a rest, and an inspired change saw Yorkshireman Tim Bresnan taking 11 wickets in 2 tests.
This Ashes series has probably been England's finest since the '81 series, a fabulous victory, a true team effort, thanks lads, you have made us all very happy and proud.