Warne, Vaughan react to England equalling the Ashes series
England salvaged lost pride by pulling off a sensational 135-run win over Australia in the fifth and final Test at South London. Australia didn’t win the Ashes series but they have retained the Ashes urn.
The tourists secured a good win in the opening Test at Edgbaston before the Lord’s match ended in a pulsating draw. Ben Stokes’ sheer brilliance steered England level the series at Headingley before Australia advanced at Old Trafford.
That win made sure that Australia retain the Ashes urn with a Test to play but England were able to put up a collective display and level the series by beating Tim Paine’s side this week at The Oval.
After England equalled the Ashes series, Australia legend Shane Warne told Sky Sports: ‘These are two really evenly matched sides. ‘All the questions we had over top-order batting all those have been the way it has worked out.
‘If you look at this Test series, to finish off the summer after a fantastic World Cup and then the Ashes. ‘If you look through this series and all the comebacks we have had, it has been a fantastic series of cricket.’
The former legendary leg-spinner said: ‘Australia were the better team through this series. ‘I think they played the better cricket for the majority of the series and I think they deserved to win but having said that they only have themselves to blame for losing at The Oval.
‘For the team selection and choosing to bowl first on Thursday morning and it will be a weird feeling lifting the urn after drawing the series 2-2.’ Meanwhile, former England captain Michael Vaughan, said: ‘Australia deserved to retain the Ashes.
“England have got to celebrate the fact that a few days ago Australia retained the Ashes and we all expected Australia to blow them away this week. With the ball, in particular, they have been exceptional. Stuart Broad has stepped up and produced another wonderful performance in an Ashes series,” he echoed.
“This week, as much as it is about the team, it is about Joe Root. He needed this week to give himself a boost. ‘He is doing a lot right. I am really pleased for him. I know how much he wants to be England captain,” he said.