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England retain The Ashes: Series review

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The Ashes has been around for years - first it was Australia who triumphed, knocking over England when ever they got near, and now it seems to be England's chance to shine.

On the 5th of August 2013, England retained the Ashes in some strange and convenient circumstances.

At 37-3 and the majority of the game left to play, England were struggling against the Australian's pace bowling. Kevin Pietersen was given out, much to the confusion of many, however 'Snicko' showed that he had edged the ball.

The general mood was quite low and many players in the England dressing camp sat hoping for a miracle to come and save them from their predicament.

One of the aspects that us Brits complain about the most is the weather. It's either too hot or too cold, never just right. In one of the hottest summers since 2006, rain was not on the cards. Surely the weather wasn't going to save England from the jaws of defeat this time? Boy were they wrong.

At 2:03pm, showers started to fall at Old Trafford and the game was stopped. Michael Clarke, captain of Australia, seemed to have a very worried look on his face.

As the covers were rushed on and the players ushered into the changing room, many thought that this was the piece of luck England needed.

At 4:20pm the two sides decided to call off the game, which secured the Ashes for England. This is because even if the series is tied, the previous winners would still claim the Ashes.

Cook celebrated while Clarke thought about what could have been if the weather was better. As cheers rang around the ground, the crowd witnessed what they wanted to see and that was an England success.

The test match however showed what Australia could really do. The batting was an improvement and something Darren Lehmann would've wanted to see.

Furthermore their bowling had sharpened up, it was pin-point and in the second innings we really saw the damage the bowlers could do.

The next game which is in Durham should be a real display of what the Australians can do. With the weather set to improve, the next game seems like the best way to show England that Australia will not take the defeat so easily.

With the Ashes win, the morale in the England camp is set to be very high and with the next game fast approaching, what a better way to celebrate with another win under the belt.

 

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