Australia vs England, 5th Test (D/N), Hobart, Jan 14 – 16 2022, The Ashes
Match Result: Australia won by 146 runs
Player of the Match: Travis Head
Match Report: Australia’s seamers, sparked by a marvelous Cameron Green spell, ran through England to win the fifth and final Test in Hobart by 146 runs inside three days and seal the Ashes 4-0. Despite Mark Wood’s exceptional efforts to keep his side in the game with a six-wicket haul that restricted England’s target to 271, the tourist were found struggling severly as they lost 10 wickets for 56 runs in 22.5 overs.
Burns was back in the side for the first time since he was dropped after the second Test in Adelaide, sporting a long hairstyle as he and Crawley played free-flowing shots to take England to 68 without loss at more than four runs an over. It was the highest opening stand by either side in the series but when Green had Burns out chopping on to a delivery that angled in from around the wicket on what turned out to be the last ball before tea, you could sense danger in the air.
As it turned out, another batting collapse happened, this one pretty much summing up England’s campaign. Root stated in the post-match conference that he still wants to lead England in the whites. It is not clear yet what actions will the ECB take after such a disappointing camp. Many experts have hinted that Head Coach Chris Silverwood will pay the price with his job.
Travis Head | Player of the Match and the Series: “Great to have an impact, probably look at this [hundred] being better. The conditions, situation we were in, to be able to play a role and win a Test is pretty special. I’ve worked on a lot of things over the last couple of years and I didn’t quite the opportunities and after 19 Tests I had a reasonable idea of what the expectation was and was so eager to get back. It helps batting behind a couple of blokes who average 60.”
Pat Cummins “It’s pretty crazy. Even as a professional cricketer these are the series you have in your diary a couple of years out. To be at the end of a five-Test series with so many positives – winning 4-0 – it’s huge so really pumped. I’m really happy as a captain, not sure Nathan Lyon agrees with me…think that’s been a highlight, not only the 11 guys playing but we’ve had about 15 players used and some really tough calls to leave out high quality players.
Really feels like we are building to something big. To have someone like Cameron Green in his second year to grow as a batter and bowler as well as some of the younger players then the hold stalwarts like Scotty Boland and all the old-pros continue their form. Can’t wait to show our wares overseas, we really judge ourselves in all conditions.”
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