'Loved it, Ashes 2019 has been great advert for the game,' reckons Michael Vaughan after series ends at 2-2
The English summer comprised a tempting line-up, including the 2019 World Cup followed by the Ashes. While the former lived upto its expectations following a nail-biting finale, all eyes shifted towards Ashes 2019 with the fight for the urn between two arch-rivals taking center stage.
The Ashes 2019 edition came to an end on Sunday (September 15) following England's 135-run win over Australia as the scoreline remained at 2-2 after the final encounter, at The Oval, London. Thus, while Tim Paine became the first Australian skipper (after Steve Waugh) to bring back the urn Down Under from England since 2001, the just-concluded Ashes edition became the first drawn series between both sides since 1972 (after a gap of 47 years).
Following the Ashes 2019, former skipper Michael Vaughan lauded the competitiveness in the entire series with the pendulum swinging from one side to another before a riveting 2-2 scoreline.
This series has been a great advert for the game .. 2 very closely matched teams .. 5 fantastic pitches & the Duke ball certainly adds to the value .. Well done to both teams for the incredible entertainment .. Loved it .. #Ashes #2-2— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) September 15, 2019
Vaughan, who is quite vocal of his cricketing expertise on Twitter, was all praise for the pitches which were presented in the entire course of the Ashes, lauded the essence of Duke ball and an enthralling contest witnessed between both sides right from the opening day of the series.
Australia gained the upper hand in the series opener courtesy a massive 251-run win at Edgbaston, Birmingham. While Joe Root-led England staged a comeback with a much better performance in the second Test, at Lord's, Australia managed to escape with a draw. The third Test saw a memorable finish with Ben Stokes leading the charge to take England to a series-levelling win courtesy his 135 not out in hosts' one-wicket win in pursuit of 360.
Steve Smith led the charge once again to take Australia to an unassailable lead in the penultimate Test by virtue of a 185-run win. However, with plenty at stake for both sides in the fifth and final Test, England managed to trounce over Australia through an all-round show and end the series at 2-2.
Smith, for his 774 runs including three half-centuries, a double ton and two centuries, ended as Australia's Player-of-the-Series whereas Stokes' all-round show earned him the same prize from England's camp.