Australia beat New Zealand 2-0 in the three-Test series that was expected to be closely fought. And, while New Zealand did compete hard in the last two Tests, Aussies proved to be the superior team, and overpowered the Kiwis in the end. With the series coming to an end, we look back at the top performers across the three Tests, with both bat and ball.
David Warner was the man of the match at the Gabba in Brisbane with two smashing centuries. And, while that was an extremely ominous sign for the New Zealanders going into the must-win Test at Perth, they may have silently felt a sense of relief, hoping that perhaps they have already seen the best of Warner
Ricky Ponting’s retirement has expectedly left a big hole in Australia’s batting line-up, that at the significant number three position. And one of the reasons for Australia’s failure in this Ashes has been the fact that he haven’t found a stable influence at the anchor position over the four Tests.
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd termed it one of the worst umpiring decisions ever, Tom Moody stated Usman Khawaja has the right to knock on the umpires door and ask ‘HOW’, Michael Vaughan jested ‘And you say people should walk’ while Dean Jones termed it ‘bullshit’.
As it has been throughout the series, there was no shortage of drama on the opening day of the third Ashes Test at Old Trafford, Manchester. And, a lot of it had to do with those three capital words, DRS.
England wrapped up a comprehensive win of 347 runs in the Second Ashes Test at Lord’s. The hosts are now 2-0 up in the 5-match Test Series. Asked to chase an improbable target of 583, Australia was shot out for 235.
The axing of the four Australian players from the squad for the Mohali Test for not following team instructions is churlish to say the least. It is a well-known fact that the Aussies are sticklers for discipline, but the harsh action taken against Shane Watson, James Pattinson, Mitchell Johnson and Usman Khwaja is impossible to comprehend no matter what.
In a shocking development, the Australian team management has dropped four players for the 3rd Test at Mohali on disciplinary grounds. Three of those dropped players are proven match winners – Shane Watson, James Pattinson and Mitchell Johnson. The fourth player is Usman Khawaja who was expected to play the Mohali Test in place of the struggling Phil Hughes.