Scyld Berry's Ashes verdict: victory at the Oval shows England's rivalry with Australia is vibrantly alive

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

Author 2019-09-15 23:21:00

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Not many creations born in September 1882 are alive and vibrating 137 years later but the Ashes are. After this series ended 2-2 - the only such outcome save in 1972 - tickets for the Brisbane Test in November 2021 will soon be selling like hot burgers.

The contest between England and Australia is as fierce as ever. If proof were needed, it came on the fourth evening when England were bound to win and level the series, yet a duel ensued between Matthew Wade and Jofra Archer which was as ferocious as if they had been firing cannons at each other point-blank.

Archer hit Wade, Wade hit Archer, and the verbals, balls, stares and glares were flying everywhere. Yet an hour later both sides were shaking...

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