As expected, the Australian Team is facing the heat down under. Opinion seems to be divided- on one hand we have greats like Dennis Lillee, Ian Chappell and Michael Slater asking for Buchanan’s removal and on the other hand we have former Captain, Mark Taylor, who believes Ricky has “generally” done well with the captaincy. Meanwhile, Buchanan is busy finding silver lining(s) in the recent defeats here.
Jason Gillespie intends to go back to the basics of bowling, train hard and come back fine, afterall, “it’s not rocket science”. More here. By the way, can he take Zaheer Khan and Agarkar with him, too?
If the Australians were good, England were better. But here’s the fine print- the Australians were not good all the time. They did not play their usual brand of cricket and they know it. Slip-ups by the Australians have happened, there is no denying that fact. The nervousness is there to see.
The English press is celebrating and how. The Telegraph is offering a “Ashes Heroes” DVD for free to it’s readers. Now rare moments of Hoggard hitting a boundary and Ricky Ponting’s clueless face expressions at office will be revived on home television.
[The Sun: Cover]
[The Mirror: Cover]
On a more serious note, Coach Fletcher warns the English team to not to let it go to their heads. Mirror reports here.
I guess the best way to look at the English celebrations is through pictures. CricInfo helps me out here.
[Above: In Australia, Ponting isn’t able to hide his nervous moments…]
[…While the English Captain catches with sleep at work!]
[Above: Vaughan, Pietersen and Flintoff celebrate on the bus ride]
[…and Flintoff can’t stop smiling!]
I wish I could find a picture of Michael Atherton, the former English Captain, smiling at the presentation ceremony- I have never seen him smile so much!
Signing off, for now.