After a shocking defeat to India last summer and with a lackluster performance coming into the T20 World Cup, Australia couldn’t have asked for a better turnaround this summer as they not only won the T20 World Cup but have now thrashed England in the Ashes and have gained an unassailable lead of 3 – 0. This was England’s 9th test loss in 2021 equalling Bangladesh’s test losses in 2003. The touring side has also equaled their 1998 record of 54 ducks in a year and is now winless in the last 13 test matches in Australia, the longest streak.
During the Ashes series, there were talks of Justin Langer’s contract and the coach opined that he is much willing to get it renewed. Speaking to Fox Sports after the match got over, coach Justin Langer highlighted the turnaround that the team has achieved in the recent months. The presenter asked the coach that he wouldn’t want to go now, to which Langer replied that “Will worry about that later”. Langer’s contract will come to an end in June 2022.
England resumed from their overnight score of 31 – 4 and after a few magnificent shots from Root and Stokes, Starc bowled a beauty and bowled Stokes. The ball seamed in after pitching, much to the surprise of Stokes. The remaining wickets didn’t too long as Scott Boland, the debut man from the home crowd, ripped apart the vulnerable English batting lineup with figures of 6 wickets in his four overs. Boland was deservingly the man of the match.
England batters did not offer any resistance and were bowled out within the first session itself and suffered another collapse, the one of many this year. Root admitted in the match presentation ceremony that the tour has been far from ideal for the touring side and that they will have plenty of worries to tackle. The remaining two test matches will now be played at Sydney and Hobart.