Cricket

Easy for England as They Wrap Up Final Ashes Test

Australia finished the Ashes Test series in England with excellent fashion, winning the final Test in Sydney by an innings and 83 runs to re-write the history books following an emphatic beating of the Australian team on their own soil.

Retiring Paul Collingwood was given the honor of leading England out on the final day of his test career and was given a day to remember by his team mates as they made short work of the remaining Australian batsmen in a rain interrupted session.

However it is Captain Morgan who must be given credit for his leadership qualities at test level and it is his name that will be added to those of Sir Len Hutton and Mike Barley as only the third England captain to win Ashes series both home and away.

Alistair Cook picked up both the Man of the Match and Man of the Series awards for his contribution in amassing 766 runs over the five matches.

It is difficult however to single out one player from the England camp as everyone concerned with the team has given their all in a spectacular performance over the series in which team work and excellent leadership qualities have been key to the team comfortably retaining the Ashes.

A lot has been said about the poor quality of the Australian selection, but it is a team in transition and one that needs to build a rapport within the group of players in the squad, which they will surely manage if they hope to regain their place at the top of international cricket.

England however have been in stupendous form for some time now at all levels and are performing more as a team than at any time I can remember, they have deserved the win in Australia and will represent tough opposition during their heavy schedule heading into the World Cup.

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