England notched up their third consecutive Ashes win and are now level with Australia at 31. This seemed a dream during the late 90’s and early 2000’s when Australia were invincible to say the very least. Quite a few records were broken this ashes lets go over them before we discuss what is in store for us when England travel down under this December.
- This was also the second instance where Australia failed to register a single win throughout their Ashes campaign.
- Brad Haddin took 29 catches which is the most for a wicket keeper in a 5 match series.
- Kevin Pietersen almost helped England pull a remarkable heist with a 36 ball fifty, this is the fastest by an English batsman in an Ashes test.
Now let’s get to the interesting part! The final score line suggests that it will be smooth sailing for England when they travel down under, but hang-on I have facts that might change your mind. England’s top three averaged 23.75 which is their lowest in a series win in over 100 years. Take Ian Bell’s 562 runs out and you are in for a grim picture. We shouldn’t forget England was playing at home, on conditions they have mastered. This reflects how strong Australian bowling was. Down-under with Ryan Harris and co on their home grounds, this can spell nightmare for English batsman.
Players to look out for down under:
- Ryan Harris: His 24 wickets earned him the man of the series. The hard and bouncy wickets that compliment his style Harris is all set to be the destructor in chief down under, ‘Fitness-willing’
- Steven Smith: This series oversaw Smith’s development as a middle order batsman. With his gutsy batting, electric fielding and handy leggies he is certainly the one to look out for.
- Stuart Broad: His decision of not walk in the 4th test will definitely earn him the wrath of crowds in Australia. Broad will surely be booed but Naser Hussain believes he has a tendency to shine in face of adversary.
- Joe Root: He scored 339 runs at 37.6, highest among the English top order. However, things will get heated down under. Lets see whether baby-face Root musters up the maturity to survive down under.