Celebrations started in the major street junctions, the pubs became full with booze and customers and the beautiful British girls offered free kisses just for the sake of it. It certainly had been a momentous day for the English team, who under the stewardship of Alastair cook registered a 3-0 whitewash of the Ashes Series.This was the third consecutive Ashes series win for England at home. The last time England won three consecutive series at home was between 1977 and 1985. The match was a dead rubber, for England had managed to retain the urn with its victories in the previous encounters. However the match did provide the visiting Aussies a chance to scramble some self-respect in the series. After 1977, when they lost by a similar score line of 3-0, this was the first instance of Australia losing an Ashes series without winning a single Test. This match however was different. A determined Australia dominated from the Day-1. Winning the toss Australia elected to bat first, knowing pretty well that the conditions were unfavourable. With rain interrupting the match at frequent intervals, Australia went on to put up an imposing total of 492. Shane Watson and Steve Smith starred in the innings with Watson scoring 176 and Smith 138. England responded to Australia with good teamwork and fighting spirit. Eight batsmen among the playing 11 scored in double figures as England went up to put 377 at Day 3. Determined to win it, Clarke gambled. He asked all his batsmen to go for the big shots as Australia’s 2nd innings turned into a One Day Match. Rain lashed the ground as the 5th Day came. Intense desperation gave way as Clarke declared the Australian innings at tea, setting England a total of 227. With a session left, the Australian captain asked his men to do the impossible – get England all-out. Australia attacked, and so did England. Kevin Petersen charged the bowlers and it rained fours all over the ground.Kevin Pietersen’s half-century off 36 balls in England’s fourth-innings chase was the fastest fifty by an England batsman in the Ashes. Pietersen took one fewer than Matt Prior, who held this record previously with a 37-ball half-century at Lord’s in 2009. Clarke too got his measure of success by scalping half the English side for 206, when the play was called off due to bad light. It ended in the highest of drama. The overs were ticking by, the night was drawing in. In truth, despite the floodlights, it was barely fit for play in a club evening league. Both batsmen and bowlers could hardly pick up the ball. Read here on how the English Players celebrated after their Ashes Win
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