Five things we learned from ashes 2019, England vs Australia
England won the final ashes test on Sunday to level the five-match series against Australia in 2-2, with tourists retaining the ashes urn. Here are the five things we learned from the Ashes 2019 that will be remembered for so long in cricket history.
Steve Smith in a class of his own
Steve Smith batted at a different level than everyone else during the Ashes, scoring 774 runs in just seven innings in a wholly averaged more than 110.
He missed three innings after hit by a Jofra Archer bouncer, he could have approached Donald Bradman’s record of 974 runs in a series of tests, set in 1930.
Smith scored two great centuries in the first Test at Edgbaston and a double century at Old Trafford, with Australia winning both matches.
Sunday marked the first time he got out less than 80 during the series.
The former captain has triumphantly returned to international cricket after a ban for his role in a ball-tampering scandal and is alone at the top of the Test rankings.
Stokes Key Man
Ben Stokes has become a famous figure in English cricket.
The all-rounder Ben Stokes already a national hero after his World Cup feats, propelled England to its first victory in the competition of more than 50 years.
But, restored to the position of test vice-captain, he also produced magic in the ashes, striking for two centuries, including a phenomenal 135 match-winning coup that did not appear in Headingley.
Stokes played as a specialist batsman in the final Ashes Test at the Oval, showing how high valuable he is, and won the England Series Men’s Award.
With a few notable exceptions, frontline opening batsmen fought during the Ashes series.
Smith was the outstanding and Australian Marnus Labuschagne also impressed, averaging more than 50 in his seven innings.
However, David Warner struggled, scoring only 95 runs in 10 innings with an insignificant average of 9.5 after an impressive World Cup.
Ben Stokes was the only player to surpass 400 runs for England, but the first match Rory Burns increased his reputation, averaging 39 against Australia’s fearsome batsmen.
England captain Joe Root had an unfortunate series by his high standards, averaging 32.5 with three ducks.
Fast Pacer aces
Australia can boast two bowlers in the top 10 of the test rankings at Pat Cummins, and Josh Hazlewood and the pair were at the top of their game throughout the series, with a combined total of 49 wickets.
With Mitchell Starc and James Pattinson also in the mix, Australia has a rhythm drum to generate fear in any batting lineup.
England suffered a severe blow when James Anderson injured in the first Test and was unable to participate further in the series.
However, Stuart Broad, his former new-ball mate, stepped forward and took 23 wickets.
Moreover, the pace of Jofra Archer, who hit speeds of 95 miles per hour on Sunday, is an essential weapon for England.
Archer took six wickets in Australia’s first innings at the Oval to change England’s game and finished his first series with 22 wickets in an average of just over 20.
Try cricket alive and kicking.
The World Cup final ended in the most dramatic way possible, with the one-day masterpiece throwing a glove into the longest form of the game. However, the ashes also produced many moments of high drama in front of crowds on the English grounds. The highlight was England’s phenomenal Stokes-inspired victory at Headingley, which put cricket firmly on public consciousness.
Right After the phenomenal World Cup Final 2019, these 5 things we learned about the Ashes 2019 that will remember for so long.