Friday, 7 January 2011

England's Test Team win the Ashes beating Australia 3-1 in the series

England have won the Ashes in Australia for the first time in 24 years and the Barmy Army are celebrating.  In the fifth and final Test Match in Sydney, England emphatically beat Australia by an innings and 83 runs.  It was the third time in the series that England won by an innings. Alastair Cook was the man of the match and also the player of the series.  He scored 189 at Sydney (766 during the series) and averaged 127.66, his highest score being 235 not out at Brisbane.

England's bowlers deserve credit:
James Anderson took 24 wickets for 625 runs.
Chris Tremlett took 17 wickets for 397 runs.
Graeme Swann took 15 wickets for 597 runs.

For Australia:
Mitchell Johnson took 15 wickets for 554 runs.

Summary of the Ashes:
1st Test - Brisbane. Match drawn.
2nd Test - Adelaide.  England won by an innings and 71 runs.
3rd Test - Perth. Australia won by 267 runs.
4th Test - Melbourne. England won by an innings and 157 runs.
5th Test - Sydney. England won by an innings and 83 runs.

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