Out­fought Out­thought Out­classed

Aus­tralia re­tain Ashes with Test to spare Root vows to stay on as Eng­land cap­tain

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who lasted only 17 balls, was start­ing to look phys­i­cally shot. The Su­per­man robes hang heavy, even on him. But if sur­vival ex­er­cises can be con­sid­ered “en­ter­tain­ing”, Eng­land were giv­ing the peo­ple what they want. They were in­flict­ing on their sup­port­ers a kind of stress that needs defin­ing: as en­joy­able hell, per­haps.

Over the full span, we have seen Eng­land de­mol­ish Aus­tralia in a World Cup semi-fi­nal, win the ti­tle with a last-ball opera, and tri­umph mirac­u­lously at Head­in­g­ley with a last-day run chase. Then came the siege of Manchester.

If the aim was to force cricket back into “the na­tional con­ver­sa­tion”, no­body could ac­cuse Eng­land of fail­ing in that.

Ques­tions abound of course. Who will re­place Trevor Bayliss as coach? Should Root stay on as cap­tain? Has the white-ball pol­icy shift weak­ened the foun­da­tions of Test bat­ting? But these are not the dom­i­nant themes. The abid­ing sense from the sum­mer has been that there is scope for the coun­try

Craig Over­ton is brought to his knees af­ter his wicket se­cured vic­tory for Aus­tralia

Clos­ing in: Mar­nus Labuschagn­e is over­joyed at dis­miss­ing Jack Leach

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