Australia finish Ashes on an unparalleled high as England were humiliated again
England were finally put out of their misery, as Australia tantalized them with an achievable target in the final innings of the Ashes and then crushed them with extreme prejudice, underlining their batting woes for the umpteenth time.
As the party arrived in Hobart, Australia won the toss and opted to bat first. Despite a resolute stand from Marnus Labuschagne, they were jolted to a rude awakening as Ollie Robinson dealt them a deafening double whammy.
However, the hero of the first Test, Travis Head took control of the affairs and joined forces with Marnus to steer Australia clear of any immediate danger. Even after Labuschagne was castled by Broad, Chris Green chimed in with another impressive knock that allowed Australia to settle down after the early blows.
The duo of Green and Head ushered Australia to a formidable 236 with the pitch showing signs of break down on the first day itself. Despite Cummins and Starc tumbling early with Alex Carey trying to stage a late rebellion, Nathan Lyon belted out a blitzkrieg. The Australian tail chimed well with Alex Carey to put up a decent total of 303 on the board.
England’s batting woes perpetuated as Rory Burns chronicled a mortifying run out in just the second over of England’s innings. Joe Root and Dawid Malan were the usual warriors with the duo piling up 49 runs before the latter was removed by Australian skipper, Pat Cummins.
Sam Billings and Chris Woakes chipped in with some late resistance to help England reach a respectable total before the Australian bowlers mopped them clean. The visitors were skittled out for a paltry 188 that allowed Australia to register 115 run lead.
However, much to Australia’s dislike, the English bowlers ran riot as Mark Wood claimed 6 wickets in the second innings that bundled out the hosts for a modest 155. With a superlative bowling display, England managed to get themselves a glimpse of a victory with just 271 runs to chase.
Despite the total sounding pretty much achievable, the Australian fast bowling trident swarmed over the English batters with Boland, Cummins and Green plundering nine wickets between them, leaving England crunched for an embarrassing 124.
Scott Boland added another impressive display to his Baggy Green while Pat Cummins started his captaincy on an emphatic note. England were left with countless questions to ponder after their batting failed to conjure a single display that probably could have helped them defy the might of Australia.