England soared. Australia floundered. The gap between the sides has become a chasm. Andrew Strauss and his merry men go forwards with supreme confidence in their ability not merely to retain the Ashes but to trounce these dumbfounded opponents. Australia limps off to lick its wounds and await the verdict of selectors busy sharpening their knives lest their own heads be put on the block.
Let’s give the victors their due. If England is the fourth best side in the world as the rankings insist, then the top three must be playing well. For 10 days the Poms have resembled a well-oiled machine. Their intensity has been unflagging, their fitness superb, their catching sharp, their batting powerful and their bowling incisive.
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