The Australian summer was always going to be a special one, with a strong English line up, riding on their last Ashes win raring to have a go at a slightly flustered Australian side.
England seemed to have the perfect combination to give Australia a run for their money even in home conditions, but a disaster just before the series meant that Australia got the advantage even before England landed in Australia.
Ben Stokes wasn’t travelling with the English squad, as he had dealt 15 blows in a pub brawl that took place in England, leaving England with a huge headache with respect to selection for the Ashes, as Stokes slotting in as the all rounder was what the made side look threatening.
But that was England’s reality and they had to deal with it.
Australia then pushed England further back, unleashing their fast bowling unit in Brisbane, something that the English batsmen just couldn’t deal with it. Adelaide was no different, as despite that one probing spell from Anderson under the lights, England were always playing catch up cricket.
Perth was always going to be a nightmare for the English batsmen, as the Australians had enough pace in their armoury to get 20 wickets. The English side did not possess enough pace in their arsenal to trouble the Australian batsmen, as the Australian conditions did not offer any swing to Anderson and Broad.
Today was the day Australia were supposed to regain the Ashes, and that is exactly how things panned out. The weather tried to play spoilsport but ultimately made way for the Australians to claim what was rightfully theirs(at least this time round).
Cummins kept probing Overton with short stuff and ultimately Anderson succumbed to the short stuff, gloving one to Paine, who jumped in elation, along with all of the eleven Australian warriors on the field.
It was a moment to savour for fans across Australia, who had waited a long time for this moment. Scenes across the WACA were testament to that, a lovely moment for fans of the Australian cricket team all around the globe.
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— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 18, 2017