Australia finished their tour of England with a consolation victory in the 5-match ODI Series. The tourists won the fifth and final ODI which was played under lights at The Rose Bowl in Southampton by 49 runs on Monday to take the rain-affected series 2-1.
Every top team in international sport goes through a good and bad phase. Australia had an excellent run in cricket for a decade and a half, starting in the mid-nineties and extending well up to the first half of the new millennium.
Australia’s Ashes comeback just seems to be getting better with each passing day in the series. After dominating the Englishmen at Old Trafford, the visitors continued to hold the upper hand at stumps on day two as well at Chester-le-Street.
Australia’s wonderful all-round performance in the Old Trafford Test has reignited the interest of fans in the Ashes. Following Australia’s poor showing in the first two Tests, thoughts emerged that this was going to be a disappointingly one-sided clash, with England walking away with the honours without having to drop a sweat.
After all the hype and hoopla, The Ashes will kick off with the first Test at Nottingham on Wednesday. England will surely go into the prestigious event as favourites, not only because they are the defending champions in the tournament, having defeated the Aussies in Australia last time round