Scyld Berry's Ashes Awards: Great fielders, ferocious bowlers, biggest nuisances and poor selections

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Author 2019-09-16 17:36:00

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Of the 23 Ashes series I have seen, starting in 1977, it was the most exciting apart from 2005. Not the highest standard - the World Cup prevented half the players from being at their red-ball best for batting - but constantly fluctuating and see-sawing: from the injury of James Anderson to the resurrection of Steve Smith, then the impact of Jofra Archer, the emergence of Marnus Labuschagne, the apotheosis of Ben Stokes, the failure of England to rise to the occasion at Old Trafford and their levelling the series at 2-2 at the Oval, it was cricket - sport? - at its most absorbing.

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