England Could Be In Place For A Shock Whitewash Defeat
The very worst has been realised for the English cricket team, a series defeat in the Ashes down under and only the third test has been played. England have been seriously outplayed, not in one particular department but in every aspect of the game.
Alistair Cook, England captain, stated that he was proud of his side, which in some respects he has to as he is one of the many who have under performed in the first three tests. The stats do show that England managed to hold the Ashes Urn for four years and 169 days. Something to be proud of. Which also signified an uprising in English cricket and for the English cricket team, and for more than fifty years this has been their best spell in Ashes cricket.
But things change, the English cricket team is going through its own period of change. This has become apparent during this winters Ashes series down under. The defeats that have had to be stomached can only be described as overwhelming. Losing the first three Ashes tests by 381, 218 and 150 runs respectively.
England second best in the Ashes down under
One highlight in the series so far has been Ben Stokes, who under some hard fought and testing cricket scored his maiden test century. Trott leaving the series has given the young all-rounder the chance he would not have received, and on receiving his opportunity he has proven himself and given his captain and selectors something to smile about. But looking at the series as a whole so far, its been disappointing for the visitors.
The reality is the Australians have imposed their will on the English cricket team. ”It was demoralising to watch and England seemed to be powerless to intervene” said Simon Hughes, cricket analyst. Australia were very happy with the win. Prolifically displaying that they are better than England, and finally getting the chance to hammer home their dominance over the poms.
Shane Warne summed up what the Australians had done to get to this point. Coming up with well thought out plans and putting together a very strong team, that is able to bowl out sides and post big totals. He went on to say that having a bowler like Mitchell Johnson lead the attack has been a huge help. Which for England fans spells bad news for the remaining tests. A confident Australian team with bowlers that have every reason to attack, and batsman who will want to score big. That whitewash which was thought impossible, is becoming a possible result for the Ashes down under.