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….as Rahul commented, certainly not the nail-biting exciting finishes of the last three matches that everyone was hoping for. Australia had a chance when they had England at 199 for 7 before tea- but Kevin Pietersen simply took it away. The ending was a bit farcial with the Australian openers returning to the pavilion on account of bad lights and a bit of confusion reigning over the official announcement of a by-then forgone result.Kudos to England for regaining the Ashes (after 18 years) – I can understand the excitement of the supporters from nation where hype and expectations have mostly trumped real achievements in the field. After the first test, England certainly had the better of the exchanges with the decisive factor being Freddie Flintoff – he provided the balance in the English team – bowling fast and reverse swinging to get cruical wickets and then coming in 4/5 down to score important runs. He is probably the best all-rounder in the game at the moment. Eventually, as another cricketing-cliche goes, it was the game that was the winner. A standard has been set for competitive test cricket. Unfortunately, the two other series (Ind-Zim and SL-Bang.) currently in progress certainly won’t provide that kind of intensity.

Written by BongoP'o'ndit

September 12, 2005 at 1:40 pm

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  1. […] I am not denying the significance of the Ashes – especially after the remarkable series played out last year. But, after that famous series victory, the English side was beginning to boast about being the champion test cricket side. Since then, reverses at Pakistan and this drawn out home series against a #6 ranked side have put a dent to such claims. Ultimately, England have to realize that performance against all teams matter in order to be considered the best – this is not boxing where knocking out the current champion gives you the crown. […]

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