England Win The Fifth Ashes Test
"That's out and England have one the match by 197 runs and so will be declared as the winner of The Ashes 2009."
On Sunday night England defeated Australia by 197 runs in the 5th Ashes Test to regain the Ashes trophy and avenge the humiliating defeat of 2007.
Let us have a look at the game recap.
On the first day the home team won the toss and elected to bat.
They made a steady start to their innings with Strauss and Bell scoring fifties. Debutant Trott also contributed with 41.
But the batting was not as steady and good as it should have been. The home team could not face the pace attacks of Peter Siddle Ben Hilfenhaus and Mitchell Johnson. the were bundled out for just 332.
This boosted the confidence of the Australians greatly and the became overconfident.
The English fans were looking crestfallen because after the series levelled at 1-1 the final match was the decider. The first innings had ended in just one day and the opponents were looking like they would win the match easily.
But as I said earlier the Aussies were overconfident and this led to the collapse of their innings.
Only four players were able to move into double figures and only one of them managed to score a fifty.
Swann and Broad just pierced through the batting order of the Australians and the were bundled out for just 160.
In reply the home team began their second innings and Strauss again made a fine fifty. But the debutant this time surprised everyone by scoring a brilliant hundred and helping the home team to mount a huge lead and set a huge target for their opponents. But this was not all. Tailender Swann also shined with the bat ans scored a quick fifty. All these performances helped England post a huge target of 546 before the Aussies.
In reply to this the Aussies began their second innings and their top three batsmen chipped in with useful scores.
But the real job was done by the middle order batsman Micheal Hussey who scored a brilliant hundred to keep the hopes of the Aussie supporters alive.
But unfortunately the rest of the order could not do much and the innings ended at 348.
Swann took four wickets and Harmison took three to help their team win the series.
Braod was awarded with the Man of the Match award and Strauss and Micheal Clarke were awarded with the Man of the Series award.
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