Marcha 20, 2018

Australia Wins The Ashes

12 Enero 2018, 11:27 | Martinez Canez

Anderson has bowled more deliveries in this Ashes than any other series Credit AP

Anderson has bowled more deliveries in this Ashes than any other series

However, Lyon looms large as the chief destroyer on a tired day five wicket, if last night's barbecuing of Cook and then Dawid Malan was anything to go by.

Practically the only positive was that they avoided a whitewash.

Joe Root is now in hospital with severe dehydration.

He had a mediocre series personally, scoring 378 runs at 47, with a highest score of 83.

Smith's average was thus almost three times as good.

England, however, had the opposite problem. Stokes has been an integral part of the test side, and the lack of all-rounders who can replace him are scarce.

Further irritations surfaced when England landed.

Wicketkeeper Bairstow made headlines for a reported head butt on Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft in a bar at the beginning of the tour in Perth, which later triggered a team curfew.

Unfortunately for England, it was Smith who won the battle of the captains as he was instrumental throughout the five test matches for Australia. When England have a good period, they invariably have followed it with a poor one.

Broad made 31 off 32 balls with a boundary and two sixes before mistiming a sweep shot to be caught by Smith off Lyon (1-86).

The skipper arrived at the ground still wearing his hospital wristband but showed great composure at the crease, staring down spells from Lyon, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood.

Australia have already regained the Ashes with an unassailable 3-0 lead and are looking to close out the series 4-0 after last week's fourth test in Melbourne was drawn. His technique can get a bit more frantic when there is movement and that is where you need to take advantage.

Having resumed on 479-4, leading by 133, Australia piled on the runs in an increasingly muscular fashion until Steve Smith called in Tim Paine and Pat Cummins with the total 649-7.

With such a balanced attack complementing each other when hunting as a unit on Australian pitches that don't always offer assistance to bowlers, the "fab four" will be eyeing off a repeat in bowler-friendly conditions in England in 2019.

A heat stress tracker - which takes into account environmental factors for a "feels like" mark - at the ground also displayed a reading of 57.6C in the middle.

England, trailing by 303 runs, couldn't get it going.

Bairstow chipped in with 306 runs at 34 and kept wicket magnificently, thus quietning advocates of Surrey's Ben Foakes, while James Anderson impressed with the ball.

Mitchell was the second to reach the milestone about an hour into the morning with two runs past point and Shaun was in such a hurry to congratulate his little brother that he nearly ran him out. This series proved that Steven Smith is a strong and bloody-minded character and he is reaching the stage of Brandmansque with his average and centuries.

Nor was it a great advert for cricket full stop, with the various controversies compounded by sledging and posturing.

Australia haven't batted for so long in a Test dig since 1997, when Steve Waugh and Greg Blewett helped the tourists frustrate South Africa for 193.4 overs in Johannesburg.

England's tour couldn't have gone much worse, relinquishing the Ashes after just three Tests and showing little fight throughout.

Tasteless and crass, it symbolised the "Trashes" perfectly.

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