This was a series to savour with both teams confident that at their best the urn can be delivered back to home soil. This series had many subplots but the most prominent of them all was captain vs. captain, the immovable object vs. the unstoppable force, Smith vs. Root.
England took the momentum into a series billed as the decider after the last 10 series were five a piece. With no Mitchell Johnson on the Australian side, England’s dressing room could be forgiven for thinking this tour might be less threatening.
However, as it has turned out so many times on English tours of Australia, constant pressure from the media, a strong Aussie bowling quartet and indiscretions within camp made the task a much taller order.
In no test match were England able to string enough sessions together to put pressure on the Australians. England’s graces were saved in part to the weather, an MIA Mitchell Starc and a damp squib of an MCG pitch from another 5-nil whitewash down under.
Congratulations Australia, we look forward to having you back on English soil.
Gillette One Day International Series
In a complete reversal of the Test series it was England who throughout the series took the game to the Aussies, being more aggressive in their standing right from ball 1 (a 90mph bouncer to remove David Warner).
Records tumbled throughout the opening ODI with a monumental 180 for Jason Roy becoming England’s highest ever ODI scorer on home and foreign soil.
Other notable mentions go to Jos Buttler’s 100 and Tom Curran 5/35.
Not since 2012 have England won an ODI series against Australia, and you would have to go back over a decade to 2006 for the last time England won an ODI series in Australia.
Has the gap between ODI and Test cricket grown so much? Or should the credit be given to England’s captain Eoin Morgan, allowing the group to play without fear and to their true potential? We have seen a shift in momentum made by a young team given license to entertain. Long may it continue.
Now with Ben Stokes back in the fold, can England continue to build the momentum into the New Zealand Tour commencing in March? It is always a tough trip to New Zealand to take on the Black Caps in their own back yard, and one an English Test and ODI squad will be relishing.
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Summer of Cricket 2018:
England Vs Pakistan
- 24th May – 5th Jun
England Vs Australia
- 13th – 27 Jun
England Vs India
- 3rd Jul – 11th Sep
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