Sep. 13th, 2005

tortietta: (I am Australian)
You know what? I'm happy that England won. I'm happy that after 18 years England have finally managed to best the Australian's. The English played hard and there is no denying that they were the stronger team throughout the series.

The English deserve their celebration; they deserve their accolades; they deserve that elusive urn. I'll be the first to admit that the Australian team was let down by under-form players, by openers who couldn't keep it together, by a middle order that was sorely lacking and by a bowling contingent who just didn't have what it takes to beat England. And let's not forget the lack of real captaincy.

However ... however ...

Just because England have managed to regain the Ashes does not mean that they are now the best cricketing team in the world. This was not the World Cup. It has taken 18 years for the English to beat Australia at the Ashes. After 18 years one series win does not make you the best in the world. Australian cricket isn't dead. Admittedly the Australian selectors need to take a long hard look at the Australian team and captaincy, but don't for a minute assume that Australian cricket is dead. Australia has the been the best team in the world for a long time, that doesn't change just because we lost the Ashes. We'll be back and when we are we'll be stronger than ever. Australian cricket is still very much alive.

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