England seal the Ashes

The ‘i’s were dotted and ‘t’s were crossed this morning in the final test of the Ashes, with England confirming their 3-1 series victory and complete humiliation of the Aussies in their own back yard.

Australia were beaten by an innings and 83 runs in an SCG dominated by jubilant England fans. As we reported yesterday the Aussies were 151 runs behind with only three wickets in hand after England posted a monstrous 644 in their opening innings, and those fell after only 68 more runs. Which in the context of the series is a spirited effort from their tail-enders.

It would be easy to lay the praise squarely at the feet of captain Andrew Strauss, or England’s powerful bowling attack, but according to Strauss we can all thank coach Andy Flowers for our cricketing winter wonderland.

‘The vast majority of the work Andy does is behind closed doors, in preparation, planning, getting practices right,’ Strauss said. ‘The management team are always here an hour before we turn up in the morning. He is not doing this job for accolades, he is doing it because he desperately wants England to improve so that when he does finish he can look back and say 'I was part of something special'.

‘He has been immense. He is an incredible bloke, a guy that we all respect hugely for what he has achieved but also for how he holds himself in the dressing room. Often you can't describe what he brings to the side because it is just a multitude of things, little conversations he has with people and little thoughts he puts on to paper that he actually brings into fruition in practice. The way he works with the team and backroom staff is as good as anything I have seen.’

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