The Ashes – Post 2

New Year – New Blog Post.

After losing The Ashes in Perth before Christmas it was a shame that the MCG hosted a dead rubber. There will always be those that insist Cook’s 244* at the ‘G’ was just as important in the scheme of things, but we all know if he had performed ┬áin such fine form in any of those first three tests, the contest could still be alive. Still, he has publicly said that is something he is going to have to live with for a very long time, and it will weigh heavy.

The excruciating thing is, this was by no means an invincible Australian team, and the English cricket team came so close on numerous occasions. It just goes to show the importance of stringing together two winning sessions. There are, as ever, a lot of ‘ifs and buts’, and during the Boxing Day test we may have ended up with another result had the rain not played a part.

England go to Sydney knowing that if they can just get the important wicket of Steve Smith early they will be in with a chance.

Happy New Year!