My Ashes Review

I decided to take a week or so to reflect on the events of this summers ashes series in England. Now I feel after celebrating an English win and listening to all the opinions offered that I can give an honest and fair review.

It was a great series but overall it was not on a par with the 2005 series we experienced in this country.

The quality of player on view was always going to be difficult to match when you remove Vaughan, Tescothick, Warne, Gilchrist et al from the playing arena but it was a fully enjoyable and dramatic series.

The main reason I feel is the teams are at similar stages of development hence the accurate world rankings of 4th and 5th in the world.

Delving a little deeper, both teams will have left with as many questions remaining as they will have answers for the questions they went into the series with. England look like a team who will have a batting collapse at any given moment so hopefully Jonathan Trott can help solve this problem.

For Australia replacing a bowling attack that took over 1,200 test wickets is always going to be a difficult task but the selectors need to have faith in the bowlers otherwise, what is the point in trying.

Two key elements decided this series in my opinion, firstly Australia’s failure to bowl England out at Cardiff, had this happened I believe a more convincing Australia result would have happened. Secondly not picking a specialist spinner at The Oval proves the weakness of the selection process the Australians use to select their starting eleven.

My overall verdict is England won the key moments in the series and I have always felt a stronger bowling attack will always beat a strong batting line up and this series proved that point. England have covered over the cracks but for how long? South Africa will be a huge learning lesson for the English.

My key choices are as follows:

TEAM OF THE SERIES

Andrew Strauss (ENG),

Simon Katich (AUS),

Ricky Ponting (AUS),

Michael Clarke (AUS),

Jonathan Trott (ENG),

Marcus North (AUS),

Matt Prior (ENG),

Stuart Broad (ENG),

Graeme Swann (ENG),

Graeme Onions (ENG),

Ben Hilfenhaus (AUS),

PLAYER OF THE SERIES

Andrew Strauss

BEST BATTING PERFORMANCE

Michael Clarke

BEST BOWLING PERFORMANCE

Stuart Broad

MOMENT OF THE SERIES

Andrew Flintoff run out of Ricky Ponting

Do you agree with these choices?

Thanks for reading.

Cheers.

Gaffers

P.s. It is good to see Adrian Boothroyd return to football with Colchester United today, good luck to Aidy and I personally hope he succeeds.

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