And to wrap up the Chirps for the English tour of 2009, below are the results with my bite-sized views:
CLICK HERE to read more on the 7th ODI of the One Day series in my previous article.
1st Test @ Cardiff: Drawn
We batted so well in this Test with the four centurions Punter, Katto, North and Had's, playing memorable innings', showing their true class. Sadly our monstrous score of 674 amounted to a drawn result, where our bowlers failed to pick up the last standing English wicket. Monty Panesar and Jimmy Anderson survived, Brett Lee's injury really hit home, and that 10th wicket would end up haunting the rest of our Ashes campaign.
2nd Test @ Lords: England won by 115 runs
Andrew Strauss' 160 set the tone for the Test, and after our 1st innings was wrapped up for 215 it was a tough hurdle to leap over and after a courageous fight back with a century to Michael Clarke in the 2nd innings, we fell short by 115 runs. England lead the Ashes 1-0.
3rd Test @ Birmingham: Drawn
Nothing too spectacular in this game where time became an issue, but Michael Clarke scored another century, while Marcus North lucked out on another. Andrew Flintoff had a moment to shine with the bat when he made 74 runs in Flintoff like style!
4th Test @ Leeds: Australia won by an innings and 80 runs
A crushing victory that I really believed was going to give the guys every bit of confidence to take the series. Marcus North cashed in on another century, while Michael Clarke ended up lucking out. The 5th Test was to be the decider as the teams traveled to the Oval where the Ashes were poised at 1-1!
5th Test @ The Oval: England won by 197 runs and won the Ashes 2-1.
A sad, sad Test match where we lost the Ashes. Stuart Broad delivered a freakishly lethal spell where our 1st innings was shamefully closed with 160 runs on the board. The chance to keep the Ashes in our cabinet was slipping away. And it did. Despite a heroic effort from Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey, Punter's run-out was the nail in the coffin. Huss battled on to score a well needed century, which I knew he'd get, but it was all too late for the boys and England lifted the Urn.
Bloody aweful, but good for Test cricket.
England win the Ashes 2-1, and while the teams individual stats were far better, England performed better as a collective unit.
THE REMAINS ODI SERIES:
One ODI vs Scotland: Australia won by 189 runs
David Hussey scored his maiden century in for Australia, but unfortunately he wasn't going to play any further part in the 50 over series against England. Adam Voges made his first fifty for Australia but also lucked out in the series where he didn't play in any of the games. Unfortunate, yes, but on the bright side it shows that there is healthy competition for squad selections!
1st ODI: Australia won by 4 runs
This was a really exciting game that came down the final over. Nathan Bracken stayed calm and made sure there were no further upsets to the tour of England. Callum Ferguson scored his career best of 71 and the series looked like it would be a closely fought contest.
2nd ODI: Australia won by 39 runs
After a fairly modest innings, with Fergal once again being the main contributor after a slow start from the top order, our bowlers did a fantastic job to bash away the English middle order. It became a pattern for England and is what ensured they didn't get back into the series.
3rd ODI: Australia won by 6 wickets
Cam White scored his maiden century in this match, and with Michael Clarke managing a half-century, the two of them grafted and showed real determination to make sure we had a chance to keep on a par with England's scoring rate. It was then an easy slog out to get to victory! Michael Clarke had led us well to 3-0 as Skipper.
4th ODI: Australia won by 7 wickets
Ricky Ponting took over the Captaincy from Vice-Skipper Michael Clarke, and how awesome was it too have Punter back in the team. After all the flack he was given with the Ashes it was inspiring how he lead the team with his performances and hope he shut a few of the critics up!
Tim Paine scored his first half-century, and the victory ensured a 4-0 victory.
And how about Brett Lee's 5 wicket haul! His second at Lord's in One Day cricket, and it was another special moment to the Brett Lee story and it was the series win for the team!
After all the off-field pressure for Binga over the last year, and his struggle to get back in the side with injury burdens, not too mention the disappointment in not playing in the Ashes, he has shown his true colours and his determination is nothing but genuine!
5th ODI: Australia won by 4 wickets
Punter stole to the spotlight in this match. England batted really well to score 299, but their hopes of victory were shattered when Punter strode out to conquer their bowlers. His innings of 126 was one of the best innings' I have seen in his One Day career, and it was refreshing to see Punter back in the gear he has been out of for quite some time. That gear is simply cruise control! 3 sixes and some classy fours resulted in his 27th century in ODI cricket as well as a 5-0 lead to the team.
He was brilliantly supported by Michael Clarke!
6th ODI: Australia won by 111 runs
Tim Paine scored a brilliant maiden century, showing few flaws and confident shots. Michael Hussey played a strong support role at a run a ball, and like Punter did in the 5th ODI, Huss showed signs of his true class. Strong bottom hand pull shots, nifty sweep shots and very enthusiastic running to keep the board ticking. It was another good batting display from the boys. The fielding was a highlight in this match, and we moved back to the number one ranking, alongside the Proteas.
7th ODI: England managed to finally win a game by 4 wickets.
Yes, England did it. 6-1 was the series result, and my previous article wraps up this game in more detail.
Time for the Champions Trophy now!