Some sports news to go with your Darjeeling or Earl Grey – the English cricket team have reclaimed the Ashes against the Australians on the 4th test, day 3.
The Australian team captain, Michael Clarke had this to say on Sky News:
“England deserve a lot of credit. They showed us how to execute good seam and swing bowling.
“I will have one more Test and that is the end of my career. I am retiring from international cricket. I don’t want to jump ship now so I will have one more go at The Oval.
“You never want to walk away but my performances over this series and recent months has not been acceptable to me. I pride myself on leading from the front. I tried my best, so did the boys, but we got beaten and now is the time for the next generation of players and captain to get ready for the next Ashes.”
Triumphant English captain, Alastair Cook gave this comment to the BBC news team:
I said I wouldn’t cry but maybe I might at some stage. Someone told us to watch the Ashes from behind the sofa.
From where we’ve been as a side over the last 18 months, we’ve stuck to what we believe was the right thing to do. The way the lads stepped up has been unbelievable. Trevor’s come in and done a brilliant job.
I went to bed on the night of the game thinking ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if we won this game without stress?
Probably the darkest moment was Headingley last year, on day four against Sri Lanka.
But I’ve managed to hang in there and stick to the right principles to lead a team. We talked at the start of this summer about trying to show off our talent. We’re known for being dogged, but we wanted to show we’re skilful cricketers.
We absolutely nailed our slip catching on the Spain trip: we did an hour in the morning and an hour at night until our hands couldn’t take any more.
Clarke has been a fantastic leader for Australia. He’s had a tough series but he’s a mighty fine leader and he should be very proud of what he’s achieved.
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