Friday, 7 January 2011
Final Countdown: Pics From The SCG
A wonderful end to the series at the SCG. A moment to savour for years to come. Free-entry for all. Not too many Aussies taking advantage.
So much expectation in the air that every wicketless ball was greeted with surprise and disappointment. Smith tried to swat everything to the boundary, suggesting that he knew the battle was already lost. He somehow managed to remain not-out. Tremlett finally ended the resistance and the bouncing group hug could begin.
The Barmy Army in full cry. Despite the incredible decision to position the presentation stand so it couldn't see a thing. Another sponsor's moment more important than the people who really count.
No wonder they greeted Clarke's arrival to the post-match interview with cries of, 'You're getting sacked in the morning, sacked in the morning...'
Another wonderful rendtion of, 'He bowls to the left, he bowls to the right, that Mitchell Johnson, his bowling is shite,' ensued.
Cook was modesty and class personified when collecting his man of the match and series prizes. Long may he prosper.
Strauss beamed as he spoke to Mark Taylor and then it was time to pick up that tiny, but oh so significant trophy, that has eluded so many England captains in Australia. Michael Vaughan included, who had the job of presenting the urn to the victorious captain.
The Ashes had been won in Australia.
A triumphant lap of honour could begin..