So it was England who won the Ashes after months of hard work, determination and exhaustion, and that’s just what it took to watch the thing. It was, like all ashes series, a great spectacle filled with drama, controversy and great cricket. But now it’s time to review and look back on some of the highlights from the series.
The Best Batsmen
No debate whatsoever. Ian Bell. He contributed in every innings with his flowing cover drives and late cuts. He has been the major difference between the two sides, with three hundreds and scoring an impressive 562 runs. The slow pitches have created difficulties for many of the English batsmen, but not Bell. In recent times he has improved dramatically and fingers crossed he can maintain his
outstanding run of form.
The Best Bowler
Ryan Harris. Taking 24 wickets at an average of 19.6 on unhelpful tracks is a truly outstanding effort. He troubled every English batsmen with pace, swing and accuracy. Missing the first match because of fitness issues, he made an immediate impact in the second test with bowling figures of 5 for 72. He is a quality bowler and it’s a shame for him that injury has delayed his test career.
The wicket of the series
There has been some great deliveries in this series. Anderson’s ball to Clarke, nibbling away and hitting top of off and Harris bowling Root in a similar fashion. However, this award goes to a delivery in the first test. The wicket that won the game for England when Australia only needed 14 runs to win. It was an off cutter from Anderson which drew Haddin into a drive bringing an inside edge through to Matt Prior. The drama heightened as it was given not out and then reviewed by Cook. It won the match for England and if Australia had gone on to win the game I think the series would have been a different story.
The innings of the series
It has to be Aston Agar’s innings in the first test. 98 off 101 balls on debut to save Australia from what would have been a crushing defeat. He smashed everything. Swann, Anderson, Finn and Broad were whacked everywhere. Unfortunately he didn’t reach his hundred but recorded the highest score for a number eleven.
The funniest moment of the series
Nasser Hussain being nailed by a tennis ball from an Andrew Strauss serve. The ashes zone has been a helpful and interesting insight into international cricket from a players prospective but it was best used to smack Nasser Hussain in the face.
The shock of the series
Stuart Broad edging the ball to first slip. First, the umpire somehow misses it and gives it not out. Then, Broad stays where he is and doesn’t walk. He has a right to stay and people will agree and disagree with that, but what a shocker from the umpire.
The receiver of the most stick
David Warner. After his incident with Joe Root he must have known the crowds would target him. When he came out to bat at Old Trafford, I think it’s fair to say that he got booed. And there’s no doubt that he got chirped every time he fielded on the boundary but credit to Warner, he dealt with it well.