Ashes 2009

Ashes Cricket 2009 Review

Australia arrived in England in 2009 ready to keep hold of the Ashes they won so convincingly at home in 2006/07, England though were in good form and led by Andrew Strauss were pretty confident of upsetting the away team and reclaiming the urn. Ricky Ponting and the Australians were in confident mood as the Captain aimed to lead a team to victory for the very first time in England, it looked an evenly matched series and we would not be proved wrong.

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The first Test Match saw the two teams head to Wales for the first time to play at the newly renovated Swalec Stadium in Cardiff, it was a match that was dominated by the Australians. They scored a massive first innings score to leave England fighting to save the test on the final afternoon. It would prove a crucial day for England as Monty Panesar and Jimmy Anderson survived for over 60 balls to secure the draw, it was a great save for England while the Australians were left feeling like they had lost a test match they should have won.

England were the team with the momentum following that draw in Cardiff and they duly took that into the match at Lords, England finally won a test match at the home of cricket to take the early advantage in the series. Following a draw at Edgbaston the fourth test at Headingley saw Australia level the series, England were very poor in bat in Yorkshire and were soundly beaten by an innings to leave the series on a knife edge.

Both teams arrived at the Oval for the final test match knowing that it was winner takes all and the stakes could not have been higher, the Aussies also knew that a drawn series would see them retain the Urn, England had a debutant in Jonathan Trott who was thrown into battle under intense pressure, it proved to an inspired selection with Trott scoring a century in the second innings. Australia struggled in their first innings scoring only 160 and from there they were always struggling, they were left with a mammoth 546 runs to win the test match on the final day. As always they fought bravely but they fell short to leave England celebrating their second successive home Ashes Series win.