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regained the Ashes at Perth s
WACA ground in December 2013---
its third victory in what was to be
a 5-0 series sweep---Australian
newspapers carried a photo of a
tombstone with an inscription list-
ing the exact day, month and year
that England cricket had died.
How times have changed.
After a humiliating defeat by an
innings and 78 runs in the fourth
test at Trent Bridge to lose this
year s Ashes series 3-1, with one
match left, those same publications
chiselled out the name of the dread-
ed Old Enemy and inserted "Aus-
tralia" instead late Saturday.
It was the nightmare at Notting-
ham, and former Australian crick-
eters condemned the inept perform-
ance. If Australian cricket had
indeed died, there were many happy
to provide evidence for the post-
While current captain Michael
Clarke announced he would retire
from test cricket after the now-
meaningless fifth test at The Oval,
former skipper Alan Border said
there should be an investigation into
the dressing room mood before Aus-
tralia was sent in to bat on the first
That would be the same day that
it managed only 60 runs from 111
balls in its first innings---all out
before lunch Thursday ---and set a
slew of records for all the wrong
"I don t think they are playing
like a cohesive unit that love each
other," Border said. "I don t think
there was enough heart in that per-
formance, there definitely wasn t
enough technique, there definitely
wasn t enough grit to stick it out."
Veteran cricket announcer Jim
Maxwell, speaking on Australian
Broadcasting Corp radio on the
morning of the third day, called the
losing side s capitulation in the
match "perhaps the most embar-
rassing moment in the history of
cricket in Australia."
Unsurprisingly, British media also
took great glee, with the London
tabloids creating headlines such as
"Throw another wimp on the bar-
bie," and praising England bowler
Stuart Broad, who took eight Aus-
Former Australia test batsman
Dean Jones wrote, "There will be
blood spilt for this pathetic effort."
"Australian fans have a long
memory and they will not put up
with this inept display. Like every-
one, I am completely gutted by this
insipid and gutless performance by
the Australian top seven," Jones
Australia's Michael Clarke watches from the dressing room balcony on the second day
of the fourth Ashes test cricket match between England and Australia at Trent Bridge
cricket ground in Nottingham, England, Friday. AP PHOTO
Nightmare in Nottingham...
for his courage,
MELBOURNE---Cricket Australia chief executive James
Sutherland said losing the Ashes was not a fitting end for
what retiring captain Michael Clarke gave to the sport in
Australia and that he would be considered one of the best
batsmen of his generation.
"He will be remembered for his courage and the way he
played the game," Sutherland said yesterday. "I don t think
I can think of an Australian cricketer that has worked harder,
day after day, week after week. He finished on his terms
and this (retirement) is a small moment in a great career."
The 34-year-old Clarke announced Saturday he will be
retiring from test cricket at the end of the Ashes series,
concluding a superlative 12-year international career. Australia
lost the series 3-1 after a humiliating defeat at Nottingham,
England, by an innings and 78 runs.
The Australia captain scored 117 runs in eight innings
during the series, his fourth consecutive Ashes defeat in
England. In the past 20 months of test cricket, Clarke has
only passed 50 twice as he struggled with back and hamstring
Prime Minister Tony Abbott said yesterday that Clarke
will be missed as captain.
"He has not only been a great player and leader, I think
that he has been a great role model, particularly last year
with the tragedy over Phillip Hughes," Abbott said.
Hughes, a close friend of Clarke s, died last November
from head injuries after being hit by a full-pitched delivery
in a first-class match in Sydney.
Clarke s retirement raised questions about other veteran
members of the touring side, such as Brad Haddin and
Shane Watson, but Sutherland would not speculate on their
futures on Sunday.
On Saturday, former captain Ricky Ponting said as many
as eight Australians who started the Trent Bridge match
may have played their last test in a "live" series.
Asked whether Australian coach Darren Lehmann was
safe in his position after the Ashes loss, Sutherland replied:
Sutherland said, however, that there would be a review
of the tour.
"As we do after every tour, win lose or draw, we will
review performances and make assessments on things that
have happened during the course of the tour, what happened
leading into it, whatever aspect of it the preparation and
delivery and execution," he said.
for fifth Ashes test
LONDON---Pace bowler James Anderson has been named
in England s squad for the fifth and final Ashes test against
Australia, but will have to prove his fitness after injury.
Anderson missed the decisive fourth test that England
won by an innings and 78 runs on Saturday to regain the
Ashes with an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series.
Despite naming him in the 14-man squad, the England
and Wales Cricket Board said in a statement yesterday that
Anderson "is continuing his recovery from a side strain and
will be monitored closely in the build up to the final test."
The fifth match of the series starts Aug. 20 at the Oval.
"James Anderson is continuing to improve and with 10
days to go before the test may be able to play a part at the
Oval although with the series won we will not be taking
any chances given the cricket we have in the coming months,"
national selector James Whitaker said.
England had no need for its record test wicket taker to
secure a crushing victory in the fourth test at Trent Bridge.
Stuart Broad took eight wickets for 15 runs in Australia s
first innings total of 60 and Ben Stokes followed up with
6-36 in the tourists second innings.
ENGLAND SQUAD: Alastair Cook (capt), Moeen Ali, James
Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Jos
Buttler, Steven Finn, Adam Lyth, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid,
Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Mark Wood.
---former captain Ricky Ponting:
"I had a bit of a think about the squad to
plan ahead and think about the future and
... I thought there could be eight guys who
might not ever play test cricket again in
this touring squad." He didn't name his
chosen eight. His comments appeared on
the Cricket Australia website via a tweet.
---ex-England captain Ian Botham:
Referring to Australia's 60 in the first in-
nings: "It's the sort of score you expect to
see at the under-9s on the village green."
---former England batsman
Geoffrey Boycott: "They batted like lem-
mings. It's the poorest Australian batting
performance I've seen in 50 years. I've
never seen anything as bad."
Ian Healy: "Their hearts might not be
that strong ... are they together as a
team? Do they fragment from here? Do
they meet and talk about it tonight? Will
they confront it?"
Healy blamed the wives and girlfriends
of the Australian players---the "WAGs"---
for contributing to the team's poor per-
formance in England.
"All their partners are here and some of
the most respected cricketers I played
with hated that distraction," Healy said
during his television commentary for Aus-
tralia's Nine Network. "They weren't al-
lowed on tour until after the series had
Australian Foreign Minister
Julie Bishop: When asked if the Aus-
tralian cricketers should be stripped of
their citizenship, she replied, smiling: "Yes,
that has crossed my mind." But she later
added: "I think we should let them come
home and face the music."
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