Australia completed a clean sweep in the Ashes, whitewashing England 5-0 in the series. England suffered one of the worst ever defeats in their history losing 5-0 for the third time in their long cricketing history. English team came to Australia with head held high after defeating Australia 3-0 in their home Ashes series in 2013. But when they landed in Australia everything changed on its head and all went wrong for the English team. Here is the reason for the English loss in the Australian soil.
Under prepared Approach:
The English team just scrapped through the surface in the tour where as the Australians sunk in and sought the pearl. They were under prepared for the short stuffs on the pacy Australian pitches. Their batsmen lacked the approach and were sitting ducks to the barrage of short stuff from the Aussies. Australian openers David Warner and Chris Rogers took the English bowlers by the scuff of their neck while the English batsmen failed to even put up a show.
Body-line Idea, Unanswered:
English Ashes had the conventional pitches which offered reverse swing and the little spin for the spinners. The ball hardly bounced above hip high in the series and Australians struggled yet fought in the series. But in Australia, what awaited the English was the ‘Bodyline Approach’. English batsmen were not only tested by the short stuff but also by the balls that swung into their rib cage with rage. Stuart Broad looked like a Michelin Man with all his pads on, but couldn’t provide his foot with extra care and was left with a broken toe. English batsmen feared each and every delivery and that led to their down fall.
Alaistar Cook, Uninspired Captaincy:
One of the premier batsmen of England had one of the poorest form in his cricketing career. A man who scored 749 runs in the year scored a mere 246 runs from ten innings this series. His captaincy was even worse as he was defensive most of the time and let Australia get away from tight corners. He looked a pale shadow of his old self and his uninspiring captaincy has made some of the English media calling for his head. One main reason behind the drubbing is Cook himself.
Kevin Pietersen, A Changed Man:
If one had been an English fan, one would have expected Kevin Pietersen to be the top scorer for England. But he was one of the disappointing figures in the series and now face an axing from the squad. He scored 294 runs in the series but was not at all comfortable with any bowler. His switch hit was missing and he looked ultra defensive in his approach. He when compared with his Australian counterpart was tad short in technique and looked afraid of deliveries. If he had succeeded with the bat, English result would have been different.
Graeme Swann, Mystery turned into misery:
One of the heroes of the English home Ashes victory shook the world with his retirement after the Perth Test. The reason was quite simple, he was taken to the cleaners by David Warner and Shane Watson throughout the series. He took a meager 7 wickets in whole in the series and wasn’t able to bowl like Nathan Lyon did. When his Australian counterpart was shinning and troubling the batsmen at will Swann, regarded as one of the finest finger spinners of current time couldn’t find anything in the pitch.
On the whole English team looked way out of sorts and had to pay a heavy price for their lack of technique. Australians has once again proved that they have rediscovered their old self. Their approach was simple yet brutal, yet they didn’t stop. They gave the English batsmen with mouth as well. Sledging went so high that Trott left Australia even before the second game begin. On the whole English looked like a lamb struck inside a lion’s den and will be relieved that their ordeal are over now.