Australian media hails Aussie cricket team after victory in fourth Ashes Test
Australian cricketers restored national pride by retaining the coveted Ashes trophy 2019 after a reclaiming scandal that shattered reputation, according to the country’s media boasting, “We urged it.”
Australian cricket hit rock bottom eighteen months ago, when the former skipper Steve Smith, his deputy David Warner and opening batsmen Cameron Bancroft involved in a brazen attempt to alter the ball with sandpaper in a Cape Town Test.
The game shook, prompting a clean-up of the executive ranks at Cricket Australia, lengthy bans on the three guilty players and the resignation of then-coach Darren Lehmann.
Justin Langer appointed to help and restore faith in Australian cricket and bring cultural change to a team that was infamous for its abrasive attitude.
The team struggled to adapt, but under the leadership of “accidental captain” Tim Paine and with the great Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh recruited as mentors, they have come out on the other side.
“With coach Justin Langer, and team staff planning going back two years, the Australian team under Paine has gone beyond restoring that pride,” said the Sydney Daily Telegraph.
“They’ve become winners in their own right, and everyone loves a winner.” The Australian newspaper said the team was “almost purified by their victory.”
“After the penalties and setbacks of the last 18 months, the country’s cricket has something to celebrate at last,” he added.
After Sunday’s 185-runs victory at Old Trafford on Sunday to retain the urn from the ashes, an emotional Tim Paine praises the character of his squad.
Tim Paine said that I couldn’t be more proud of the way our team has handled everything that thrown at them.
“We haven’t had much success and haven’t had many happy moments. However, we’re starting to get them, and that’s unbelievable.”
Fox Sports shouted “We urged it” at its main headline, while the Channel Nine television network said that the “ghosts of Leeds” had been buried, referring to their third dying loss of evidence at Headingley.
Retaining the ashes is on the back of Smith’s incredible batting prowess, whose return to the series after fulfilling his one-year ban on handling the ball showed how badly he had missed.
The Sydney Morning Herald said on winning Ashes fourth test that it will always remember as Steve Smith’s Ashes.
“Despite missing the Test matches of a year and a half, he has made enough runs for three batters and more than twice as many on either side,” he said, while former captain Mark Taylor said that “there are no superlatives” left for describes his Exploits.
Smith has scored a staggering 671 runs in a 134.2 innings average, including three hundred, ahead of the fifth and final test that begins later this week at the Oval.
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