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Australia continue winning form

Australia continued this summer's cricket winning form with an emphatic win over England in last night's Twenty20 international match at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Australia won by 77 runs in a match where you could easily tell who the winner would be just halfway through England's innings.

The change of captain to Michael Vaughan failed to inspire the team as England were dismissed for 144 runs chasing 222 runs to win.

I never got a chance to write about the fifth Ashes Test but in the end it was an embarrassing whitewash for England. Before the series begun it was said to be the most anticipated Ashes tour in Australia for some time but it turned out to be just ordinary especially for the last two Tests. Its not surprising that for the Boxing day test at the MCG, most probably the best thing about it was that we were spared going again for the fourth day and in the end we got our full refunds instead.

The turning point of the series I believe was the Adelaide Test. This is the Test where England had a very good first innings and had they got a draw or a win they could have gone to the WACA for the third Test with more belief. But going to the WACA knowing that they had to win at least two of the remaining Tests and add to that the manner in which they lost the Adelaide test a whitewash was on the cards even then because I think all the confidence had just disappeared.

It will be debated for sometime whether Monty Panesar should have played from the first Test and I think he should have but by the time he came into the fray the Ashes had already but gone.

We saw Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Justin Langer playing Test cricket for the last time in this tour and I think they bowed out with a very good win to add their glittering careers.

Finally I was impressed by the Barmy Army support for England. They stuck with their team even in difficult circumstances and also created a very good atmosphere especially in the chilly conditions of the MCG. I think they deserved at least one win but that never came which is a bit of a shame really.

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