Ashes 2015 reaches its climax when Australia walked away with a historic victory in the fifth and final test match. The end of Ashes marked a series victory of English team and they got back Ashes trophy after two years.
The Battle of Ashes
Ashes have been a battleground between cricket teams of Australia and England since 1882. For the last 133 years, Ashes has managed to garner massive popularity due to the sentiments of fans associated from both the countries. The last series equaled the win-loss figure of Australia and England as both teams stand at 32 win and 32 loss along with 5 draws in 69 matches.
English Team Lifts the Ashes Urn After Two Years
Australians were riding high after winning the mega event of World Cup 2015. Unarguably, they were looking a stronger contender to win the contest. Their encounter in the 2015 Cricket World Cup resulted in a massive victory of the Aussies. Contrary to the general assumption, England lifted the Ashes trophy by winning the series with 3-2. It was after two years that the English team reclaimed the title.
Best Moments of Ashes 2015
The most recent edition of Ashes saw many interesting and historic moments. BiWi recollects some of the defining moments from the Ashes 2015:
England Bowls Out Australia at 60
After a slight rain early in in the day, Aussies landed on a wet pitch of Trent Bridge. Things went wrong from the start when Stuart Broad knocked down wickets of C J Rogers and S P Smith in his very first over, achieving the landmark of 300 wickets. In a turn of events, English bowlers bowled out the Aussies at a meager score of 60.
Interestingly, the highest score in the innings were 14 made from the extras.
J E Root Leads England to Victory at Cardiff
First Test saw English team struggling at 42/3 thanks to the devastating first spell of JR Hazlewood. It was when J E Root took charge of English batting side and added 154 runs on the board with G S Balance. His significant inning of 134 proved vital for victory of the England.
Steve Smith Scores a Double Ton at Lord’s
The Ashes 2015 was dominated by bowlers. The only batting performance that deserves a mention is the fantastic inning of 215 by Steve Smith. His outstanding batting was pivotal in winning the Kangaroos their first Test match of the series.
Stuart Broad Achieves the 300 Wickets Hallmark
The hero of the Trent Bridge, Stuart Broad achieved hallmark of 300th wicket in the fourth Test when he bowled out C J Rogers. He ended up with impressive figures of 8/15 and was awarded man of the match.
James Anderson Strikes at Australia
The game changer James Anderson proved a savior for English team at Edgbaston when he bowled out 6 wickets of Australian batting side. His devastating spell of 6/47 proved a fatal blow for the Aussies to recover from and English team secured their second victory.
Steve Smith Daring Innings of 143 at Oval
Steve Smith once again emerged as a savior for the Aussies when he made an important inning of 143 at Oval. His fantastic innings paved way for the Australians for a historic victory at Oval and earned him the second Man of the Match award of the series.
Steven Finn Makes a Rocking Comeback
Steven Finn substituted the injured Mark Wood. He made a strong impact with spellbound bowling after a hiatus of two years from cricket. His bowling of 6/79 turned the tables for English team and contributed to their second important victory.