Australia seal the Ashes series 4-0 after a disastrous collapse from the English
It seemed for a moment as if the English were on their way to clinching a consolation win in a rather forgettable Ashes series, but a sensational batting collapse from the English batsmen saw them concede an embarrassing 4-0 defeat to the Aussies in this legendary contest between the two nations.
Mark Wood’s sensational bowling effort (6-39) had pinned the Australians in a tight situation, and it seemed as if the English were on their way to a confidence-boosting victory, but the batsmen just did not turn up and the end result was something no English player will want to talk about.
England has had a proclivity for batting collapses but even by their standards, losing all 10 wickets over a 56-run stretch was frightening. Chasing 271, England got their first half-century opening stand of the series. Zak Crawley and Rory Burns put on 68 but two hours after murmurs of a fourth-innings chase began to take shape, they were out shaking hands with the opposition as England folded for 124, conceding the Ashes series 0-4.
Three Australian bowlers – Cameron Green, Scott Boland, and Cummins – took three wickets apiece but England, though, were their own worst enemy, with several batsmen guilty of not applying themselves.
It seems like the English have to head back to the drawing board and re-invent the way they approach their games, as their current style is just not working out.