17 December 2013

The Ashes, 3rd Test, day 5: WE REGAIN THE URN!


We secure the final wicket © Getty Images
I will post the match day wrap up some time soon.

For now I just want to express how mighty proud I am of my team, the Baggy Greens, on regaining the urn after playing some sensational cricket. My emotions have been quite intense knowing how much this means to the team, the supporters, and just for my own personal reasons.

I have documented the highs and the lows the team has been through since 2008 right here at the Baggy Green Blog, dating back to the controversial Border-Gavaskar series in 2007/08.

I have documented my views on the challenges the team has faced, the controversy, the inconsistencies, the Argus Review, three Ashes defeats, losing our number one ranking, losing our World Cup title, retirements of special players, but still I have continued to write my articles, connect with some incredible supporters around the world and stay 100% committed to my team, supported them and acknowledged their hard work on and off the field.

It just makes it feel that much better knowing it's all paid off on this day, especially the players who have been through media bashing and some harsh battles. I feel I am celebrating right there with them at the WACA. Michael Clarke, his team, Darren Lehman and his support staff.

The Ashes means the world to us Australian and English cricket lovers, and my first series experienced right here in Australia has resulted in a win. I am very proud and look forward to writing more about the final days play.

We take the lead 3-0 and have secured the series. Things are looking up. We have a balance of experience and emerging players. If this team can stay united for a while longer it will just make it that bit harder to make the team, which will hopefully improve the hunger at State level.

A lot of work to do to become the number one team again, but this is a moment to embrace, enjoy and just treasure for now. Well done to the Baggy Greens. We have won the Ashes! Yes, we have.

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Anonymous said...

Isn't it grand?

I can hardly believe it but I'm so pleased for the players, especially the bowlers and especially Mitchell Johnson who has taken an almighty amount of stick in his career and comer up with the three match run of his life.


Jack said...

Great article. And that's from an English fan, still have every confidence that we can regain them on home soil in 2015 ;) I've written some articles on this (awful!) series here if you fancy a look... www.jackvittles.wordpress.com