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BEFORE I start, I must apologise for not blogging at all since New Year’s Day. I have just been so weighed down with work since I went back to school that I just haven’t had the time to write.

So I’ll just quickly sum up the fifth and final Ashes Test match and some of the records that England smashed at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Michael Clarke was appointed to Australian Captain after Ricky Ponting was declared unfit to bat with his injured finger. I think the fact that he had averaged just 16.14 also played a factor in him not playing don’t you? Australia also gave debuts to Usman Khawaja (the first Pakistani Australian to play for Australia) who replaced Ponting at number three, and spinner Michael Beer – the 10th different spinner Australia have used since Shane Warne retired in 2007.

During the match England’s Paul Collingwood a.k.a. Brigadier Block announced his retirement from Test Cricket. He will still play O.D.I. matches and captain the Twenty20 side though.

Clarke won the toss and decided to bat. The home side (who were determined to level the series) were all out for 280. They were 189-8 but the Jekyll and Hyde-like Mitchell Johnson along with Ben Hilfenhaus hit 53 and 34 respectively to give Australia what looked like a fighting chance.

But then came the finest innings England have ever played in Australia. Alastair Cook scored a terrific 189 off 342 balls. This score meant that Cook had scored a huge 766 runs in the series at an average of 127.67. Wally Hammond is the only Englishman who has scored more runs in a five match series – 905 against Australia in 1928/9. Ian Bell scored 115 (his first Ashes century) and wicketkeeper Matt Prior hit 118 from 130 balls. Prior’s ton was the quickest English Ashes century since Sir Ian Botham in 1981 at Old Trafford. England’s sixth, seventh and eighth wicket partnerships all made 100, the very first time that this has happened in a Test match. England passed 500 runs in an innings for the fourth time in the series, the first time we have ever done this. The tourists also went past 600 runs in an innings for the second time in the series and ended the innings with a score of 644 all out – our highest total in Australia…wow!

Australia needed to score 364 to make England bat again but were all out for 281. Steve Smith (54*) and Peter Siddle (a Test best 42) offered some resistance near the end, which came when Beer played a delivery from Chris Tremlett onto his stumps. England won by an Innings & 83 runs – the first time that a touring side has won three Tests by an Innings in a series.

Cook scored the most runs in the series (766) while James Anderson took the most wickets (24). England have destroyed Australia in this series and all I can say is this…HOW DOES IT FEEL LIKE TO HAVE IT DONE TO YOU?! 😛

Ashes 2010/11 5th Test – Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney

Australia won the toss and elected to bat

Australia

vs.

England

280 (106.1 overs @ 2.64 rpo)

1st Innings

644 (177.5 overs @ 3.62 rpo)

M.G. Johnson 53 (66)

A.N. Cook 189 (342)

J.M. Anderson 4-66

M.G. Johnson 4-168

281 (84.4 overs @ 3.32 rpo)

2nd Innings

S.P.D. Smith 54* (90)

J.M. Anderson 3-61

 

Umpires – Aleem Dar (Pak) and Billy Bowden (NZ)

England won by an Innings & 83 Runs – England won the Test series 3-1 with one Drawn Test

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