Monday 29 May 2017

Aussies whitewash the 'Poms' and everything returns to normal in cricket world

Australia celebrate their whitewash over England in the Ashes series
Australia celebrate their whitewash over England in the Ashes series

Michael McCarthy

Some things are just meant to be. Kilkenny never go long without an All-Ireland. West Ham get relegated every three years. French rugby teams don't travel. Mayo lose All-Ireland finals. And in cricket, Australia are omnipotent, while England flounder and collapse in disarray.

Since 2005, when England regained the Ashes for the first time since 1987, it was all wrong, though. Going into this winter's series, England had won four of five Ashes series. In 2011 and 2012, they were even the highest-ranked Test team for the first time since 1980.

The 1990s heyday of Atherton, Stewart, Russell and Malcolm -- now that was English cricket as it was meant be played.

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