The scoreline of 3-0 in favour of England after four Ashes Tests suggests that they have dominated the series. Indeed they have, but the most amazing part of England’s performance has been the manner in which they have fought back in each and every game after being under immense pressure.
The opening Ashes Test at Nottingham ended in a thrilling fashion with hosts England prevailing by a tiny margin of 14 runs. Australia had no chance going into the final day with 147 runs to win with only four wickets in hand.
Australia down and out at 117 for 9 in reply to England’s 215 made a stunning recovery to end up with a slender lead. The tourists then made inroads before England saw off Day 2 crawling to 80 for 2 in 43 overs with an overall lead of 15 runs.
Hosts England entered into the Finals of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 after a cakewalk victory over the Proteas who yet again choked in a major tournament. It was a disastrous batting show from South Africa that turned the big Semi-Final in a one-sided affair.