It's time to announce another sporting highlight from 2014 as we countdown to the number 1 moment being announced on New Year's Eve. At number 26 is England’s Ashes whitewash down under and the subsequent sacking of Kevin Pietersen.
If we are being brutally honest 2014 is not a year that will stick long in the minds of England fans and players alike in terms of success, but for better or worse it certainly had memorable moments.
As a weakened Australia side took to the field in the first Test in Brisbane, even they wouldn’t have predicted the mayhem they would ensue.
From the first Test at the Gabba to the last in Sydney, Alastair Cook’s men simply had no answer to the fiery Mitchell Johnson, who picked up 37 wickets in just five matches against the Lions.
It is fair to say that England didn’t even get close to winning in any of the Tests and looked unconvincing at best losing by 381 runs, 218 runs, 150 runs, eight wickets and by 281 runs in the last.
Following a defeat of that magnitude which left England embarrassed and laughed at, the changing room obviously took a hit.
In early February, it was revealed that Kevin Pietersen, who is England’s top run scorer across all formats, was no longer part of England’s plans.
Further detail of the 34-year-old’s sacking was revealed in his Autobiography, where Pietersen openly spoke off how he fell out with head coach Andy Flower after comments saying to not teach the England players like kids and ridiculed Matt Prior as a ‘dressing room bully’.
With credit to England, they managed to completely outplay a touring India side after a series defeat to Sri Lanka following the Ashes whitewash.
The sacked batsman has carried on playing however for Division Two side Surrey CC, mainly in the T20 format, where he was so brilliant for England.
GMS 2014 moments so far: