The Ashes: A National Embarrassment
The Ashes trophy was founded on a national embarrassment, with England being the casualty. Over a century later, Australia has suffered something very close to that.
One record that Australia was not gunning for at Trent Bridge was having the least runs scored in a first innings Test match — ever. The display was deplorable and without any discipline from any of the top order batsmen, scoring a weak 60 runs in 18 overs. It would have been easy to blame the pitch for the result, if England had not then come out and shown Australia that the surface was not that bad at all.
Not changing out of my whites all day! Proud of these guys 🍺🍻 pic.twitter.com/KWQ4ZCcFor
— Steven Finn (@finnysteve) August 8, 2015
Skipper, Michael Clarke, announced his retirement following the game, being one of the many casualties we will see coming from the Test. Steve Smith will be taking over as full-time team captain starting in October, being the ripe young age of 26 and holding a more inspiring label as the youngest Test captain since Kim Hughes. The search is still on for a viable vice-captain, which is proving to be harder than it seems. Team management are obviously not thinking too highly of the team as a whole at the present time, so they are struggling to find any person on the team that deserves the promotion. Chris Rogers would have been the likely choice if he was not retiring. David Warner is also in contention but his past is working against him. Not even the coach could avoid the public outrage after he posted a seemingly innocent tweet asking a question about tickets to a soccor match:
— anthony dutton (@dutts76) August 8, 2015
— Dave Kinsella (@dkinsella76) August 8, 2015
Thanks so much for the abuse was asking a question that people might help . Don't bother now! Thanks again people for being so abusive.
— Darren Lehmann (@darren_lehmann) August 8, 2015
Looking towards the 5th Test match between Australia and England later this month, it will be interesting to see what kind of team Australia fields. They will be hoping to gain some credibility back but perhaps their egos are still too bruised and the media attention too overwhelming to allow for a respectable effort. Michael Clarke will be hoping to go out on a positive note, perhaps performing well enough to remove the bitter taste out of Australia’s proverbial mouth.