England Retain the Ashes in Australia

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Read our 2013 Ashes blog all about this years’ test match grounds!

After beating Australia by one innings and 157 runs in the 4th test in Melbourne, England have retained the Ashes for the first time in 24 years. This resounding victory in the 4th Ashes test put the series at 2-1 to England with just one game left to play.

If Australia win the last test match and make the series a draw, England will still keep the Ashes as they won them the last time the teams met in England 2 years ago. However, if the England team win the last match they will not only retain the Ashes but will have won their first test series down under since 1986/87.

Excellent test series performances from the likes of Graeme Swann, Kevin Pietersen and Paul Collingwood have seen the England team dominate matches with both bat and ball. This coupled with a poor and at sometimes un-sportsman like display from Australia captain Ricky Ponting meant that England were able to retain the Ashes in Australia with one game to spare.

Although the England team and fans are sure to celebrate this momentous sporting occasion for a long while there will be many people already looking forward to the next Ashes series in 2013. With the Riverside Ground in County Durham and the Oval in London already confirmed as 2 of the host grounds for the 2013 Ashes series, it won’t be long before the great cricket rivalry between England and Australia heats up once again for the Ashes.

Do you think England will win the last Ashes match in Australia? And will anybody be going to any Ashes test matches in England in 2013?

Read our 2013 Ashes blog all about this years’ test match grounds!

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