Sunday 21 December 2014

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

Michael McCarthy

Published 08/01/2014 | 02:30

Australia celebrate their whitewash over England in the Ashes series

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.

Constantly trounced by the West Indies, South Africa, and, of course, Australia. None of this 'best in the world' crap.

Probably because of this tradition of despair, the English cricket team is generally popular in Ireland. It's the Aussies we don't like. The perception of arrogance and superiority. Ultimately, England are more comfortable as the plodding underdogs.

By the end of this Ashes series, we were back to that. England, who dominated Australia just last summer, went into the fifth Test in Sydney as no hopers and how they delivered. Beaten with over two days to play. Order has been restored. A 5-0 whitewash over the 'Poms' for the Aussies.

Some things are just meant to be.


Irish Independent

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