They kept their focus, they went to Sydney and finished the job, leaving nothing for Australia to chew on. And that’s the fucking way to do it! England win the Ashes with a 3-1 victory, and not an ordinary victory but a fucking commanding victory – England win by an innings and 83 runs. This is there first victory in Australia in 24 years and why not win style!
The fifth day of the final test started as a bummer for England when a rain delay after 25 minutes of play meant play had to be abandoned for more then half an hour. However when the players returned, literally, not to put to fine a pun on it – England hammered Australia. Graeme Swann (it had to be him) was the man to start the process of obliteration ; when Siddle went for 43, after slog-sweeping one of Swann’s balls. Prior made sure Hilfenhaus could exit the Ashes on a high (a ridiculous seven runs) when he caught him off a James Anderson fastball. Then Chris Tremlett made sure the victory was firmly in the bag, nonchalantly bowling Michael Beer, so that Australia could only achieve a crummy 281.
Not only did England win the Ashes, the man of the match and man of the series was awarded to Alastair Cook who scored 189 runs in the final test, meaning 766 overall for the whole Ashes series. After the game Cook said “The double hundred [in Brisbane] was a very special moment for me and to win man of the match in the final game of the Ashes is a dream come true.”
Once again British Prime Minister David Cameron was the first to congratulate the team. He said “I’ve spoken to Andrew Strauss this morning and congratulated the team, coaches and everyone behind the side on this tremendous victory.
“Retaining the Ashes was a fantastic achievement, but winning the series really is the icing on the cake. We’ve seen some great sporting moments over the series and the team have provided us with some brilliant memories that I’m sure fans will talk about for years to come.”
England captain Andrew Strauss became the only the third England captain to win Ashes series at home and away, alongside Sir Len Hutton and Mike Brearley. After the historic victory he could only praise the whole team performance “All credit to the guys, they’ve been outstanding again, the way the bowlers bowled on day one, the batsmen dipped their bread in it again and we got another victory.
“We’re certainly going to enjoy this evening, that’s for sure.”
Well done England and well done to the Barmy Army who made the trip all the way down under and backed the team, all the way to Ashes glory!