Andrew Strauss, the England captain, with the Ashes trophy
I wrote recently (on 30th December 2010) about the test series then under way in Australia, between England and Australia and known as "The Ashes". This has now finished in a very conclusive victory for England by over an innings in the 5th and final test match of the series of five. Of the series, England won three, Australia one, and the other match was drawn.
A.N. Cook one of the England openers and the top-scoring batsman in the series
Although they have beaten them at home regularly, as well as in short games, this is the first time that England has won a test series played against the Australians in Australia for the past 24 years. It has been a good year all-round for them against Australia as they won one of the two rugby tests played in Australia last summer and then comprehensively won the one played in England in November.
English players celebrate as the last wicket is taken by Tremlett in the 5th test
This cricketing event is of some importance as it not only signs the end of what has been a massively long run for Australia as top dog, but also opens up the field of international cricket just before the 10th cricket world cup that is due to be played in India and Sri Lanka as from late February 2011. Four teams are now clearly in the running for victory and the spot of world number one: India, South Africa, England and Australia, with Sri Lanka an outsider. But you never know with this kind of event, although I would tend to put money on India playing at home.
Anyway, all congratulations to the England team on their excellent performances in Australia. Technically and tactically, they really deserved to win.