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England’s Worst Ashes Series Since 1890

The ongoing Ashes test series has been one of the most one-sided contests in living memory. Admittedly, nobody in his right mind would have backed England to win the series. However, nobody could have predicted how abject Joe Root’s wards would turn out. As things transpired, Australia needed only three matches to retain the urn.

First Test at Brisbane

Batting first, England were bowled out for 147. Pat Cummins celebrated his ascendancy to the captaincy with a fifer. Australia replied with 425 to take a sizable lead on the back of Travis Head’s 152. England replied with 297, after collapsing from the relatively good position of 223 for 2. Needing only 20 to win, the home side knocked off the runs with nine wickets to spare.

England’s Worst Ashes Series Since 1890

Second Test at Adelaide

With Cummins out with an injury, Smith led Australia who batted first and piled up 473/9. Labuschagne led the way with a ton (103). In reply, England were dismissed for 236. Once again Root and Malan were the only batters among the runs. Australia chose not to impose the follow on. Australia declared their second innings at 230/9, setting the visitors a target of 468. The hosts bowled out the visitors for 192 to win by 275 runs, to take a 2-0 lead. Jhye Richardson took a five-wicket haul.

Third Test at Melbourne

England batted first and were all out for 185. Australia replied with 267. In their second knock, England were bowled out for 68, to allow to win by an Australia and 14 runs. Playing in his first test match, Scott Boland took 6 wickets for only 7 runs.

Fourth Test at Sydney

Australia batted first and scored 416/8 declared. England replied with 294. Australia declared their second innings at 265/6 to set England a target of 388. England managed to eke out a draw, finishing at 270/9 when the match ended. Usman Khawaja, who replaced the injured Travis Head, celebrated his comeback to the side with twin tons.

Fifth Test at Hobart

Australia batted first and scored 303. England replied with 188. England hit back to reduce Australia to 37 for 3 at the end of the second day. On the third day, England managed to bowl Australia out for 155. Chasing 271 to win, England got off to their best start of the series. They were 68 for no loss when disaster struck. In a brilliant spell, Cameron Green removed both the openers as well as Dawid Malan. In the second day-night match of the series since the match in Adelaide, the ball swung viciously under the lights and England collapsed to be all out for 124.

Summary

This was England’s worst Ashes series since 1890. Barring Joe Root and Dawid Malan, their batsmen let them down badly. Coming back from injury, Ben Stokes was a shadow of his former self. The England bowlers did well, considering that the batsmen never gave them enough runs to defend. From Australia’s point of view, there were many reasons for optimism. Pat Cummins clearly relishes the captaincy and it showed in his bowling. Scott Boland was the find of the series, while Cameron Green underscored his credentials as an all-rounder of the future. Alex Carey did everything that was expected of him, both behind the stumps and with the bat. Usman Khawaja made a brilliant comeback. Despite his poor showing in the last match, Khawaja could become Warner’s permanent opening partner in the foreseeable future.

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Raj
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Raj was born and raised in Nagpur, Rajesh moved to Pune to pursue a degree in the English Language at Savitribai Phule Pune University. Having a knack for writing from a very young age, he naturally excelled in his studies and decided to dip his toes in content editing, as well. Now, a full-time Editor, he enjoys spending his free time watching IPL and badminton matches and writing his first novel. His favourite sport is cricket and he believes cricket is life. But I’ve always dreamed of becoming a professional badminton player, so badminton is also at the top of my list. His biggest win is Saina Nehwal’s bronze at the 2016 Olympics landed him a brand new laptop after his bet on the winning margin came through. His biggest goal is meeting Saina Nehwal and telling her about his biggest win.