Tuesday, August 27, 2013

England holds Ashes Series with 3-0 victory margin

Due to bad light, the fourth Test of the five-match Ashes Test series between England and Australia ended in a draw at the Oval in London. Because of this draw match, England could not secure its first ever 4-0 Ashes series.
Scoring 111 runs for the loss of six wickets in the second innings, the touring team Australia could set a target of 227 off 44 overs for the victory. After coming to chase this target, the home team scored 206-5 and they were very much close from victory. However, the umpires had to stop the play at 7:36 p.m. last night due to bad weather.
Umpires’ decision had undoubtedly broken the hearts of millions of people who were eagerly waiting to see their home team’s biggest victory margin against the arch-rival team in their home land. However, England had to take the trophy after completing a 3-0 series win.
The 3-0 victory was England cricket team’s biggest ever victory margin in Ashes since a 5-1 win in 1978-79 and in 1977 they got a 3-0 victory which is their best victory margin at home. It was the last time Australia failed to win a single match against its oldest foe.
This good performance has put England above India into second place in the International Cricket Council’s Test rankings which is lead by South Africa. On the other hand, Australia’s position has been slipped down to fifth place behind Pakistan. The former world number one team remained winless in their last nine Test matches.