England have lost the Ashes in Australia before Christmas in a 0-3 defeat: England 403 & 218, Australia 662-9d.
England captain Joe Root avowed that his side had been outshone by Australia, following a 41-run defeat in Perth.
Steve Smith and Josh Hazelwood put in particularly noteworthy performances with the former scoring a hefty 239 (the highest in test score history) which put a pretty dismal light on England’s average of 142 in the series. Hazelwood offered up a ruthless fast-bowling performance even hitting Stoneman on his helmet and taking 3 wickets for the Aussie side.
Some of the reasons why England lost to Australia…..
– England had the chance to do some damage in each of the first 3 Tests: in Brisbane they were 127-1 and 246-4 in the first innings before crashing to 302 all out, allowing Australia to make 328 from 76-4 and 209-7.
– England do not seem to have the capacity to succeed away from home – at home, England’s bowlers breeze, bowling the likes of 84mph with effortless ease, though in foreign lands this seems to be a different story. England do not seem to do well with unfamiliar conditions like extreme pace and sporadic spin and cannot adapt and what’s more, this does not restrict Australia (England have one 1 away series over the past 5 years.).
– The big boys did not live up to their reputations – So far, Alistair Cook has accomplished only 83 runs in six knocks and Root has been averaging less than 30. Meanwhile Stuart Broad has taken 5 wickets, both at 61.80mph and then there’s Moeen Ali whose batting average is less than 20. This has left a huge void between the two teams and it has been a void that England could not afford to create.
England head to Melbourne on Boxing Day which will be their chance to put in a credible performance despite not being able to change the result.
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