Well, England has won the Ashes. I felt that coming into the last match, it would more likely be England or draw than Australia. After all, the results were Draw-England-Draw-Australia-… To complete the pattern, it should have been draw, but I still thought England had a better chance because it’s hard to win two in a row. That’s just me, using the fatigue factor. Of course, it rarely factors into the equation.
Anyhow, before the final match, there were rumours floating around about a conspiracy, as evidenced by irregular betting patterns. Though it’s been done before, I cannot conceive how a game can be thrown unless everyone was involved. I’m not a big fan of conspiracy theories, so I couldn’t swallow it. But, apparently, a certain part of the Australian press are claiming otherwise. To say they were disappointed is an understatement. The Australians had been cricket leaders for a long time, so to lose is very bitter.
Well, the next Ashes will be in Australia, sometime in a little over 18 months time. Already, we know several players won’t be back – I can’t believe how young these guys are when they retire. Wonder if they’ll continue in the amateur league once their professional careers are over?