The Magellan Ashes Test series, which concluded at the historic SCG in Sydney on 8 January after Australia drubbed England by an innings and 123 runs in the fifth Test, was totally dominated throughout the series by Australia and the English team was badly battered and bruised to the delight of the Kangaroos and dismay of the Barmy Army.
The star performer in the Sydney Test was indomitable south-paw Usman Khawaja who scored a scintillating century (171), and centuries by Marsh brothers, Shaun and Mitchell, who tore the English bowling attack to shreds.
And the speed merchant, Pat Cummins, who was a thorn in the flesh of English batsmen, added to their woes as he scalped eight wickets, four in each of the two England innings, and rightly won Man of the Match award.
The Australian skipper, Steven Smith, who scored two centuries and a double century (239 in 399 balls at WACA in Perth), won the Man of the Series award to cement his place as world’s No.1 batsman in the ICC Ranking.
Though Dawid Malan (140 in 227 balls) and Jonny Bairstow (119 in 215 balls) scored fluent centuries at WACA, England could not save the Test, such was the dominance of the mighty Australian team.
The only consolation for England in the Series was the drawn tie in the fourth Test at MCG in Melbourne where the
rain gods came to their rescue. Alastair Cook’s unbeaten double century at MCG (244 in 409 balls), which catapulted him above West Indies great Brian Lara to become the sixth highest run-getter in Test history with 11,956 runs, will be recounted for long in Ashes history.
England’s dream of retaining the Urn, which they won on home soil in 2015, disappeared like a whimper after Australia won the third Magellan Ashes Test in Perth by an inning and 41 runs.
English all-rounder Moeen Ali was totally mesmerised by Lyon during all his innings, a disappointing performance against his great reputation on home soil in the UK.