24 years in the making: England win Ashes series 3 – 1!

Andrew Strauss has done something that no England captain has managed to do in 24 years and that’s beat the Aussies on their own turf in the Ashes series. What is most impressive is the way that England beat the Aussies; defeating Australia by an innings in their three wins. The only blip was the third test; no idea what happened to England in that test, they sucked big time! I’m happy that Paul Collingwood could exit test cricket on a high even if he didn’t perform in the Ashes series. The man has been a great servant to English cricket and will be missed at test level but top marks for recognising now is the time to step away from tests. Alistair Cook; what can you say about the man, made 235 in the second test and added two further centuries which were closer to 200 than one hundred and made over 766 runs in five test matches. Cook is deservedly man of the match in Sydney and match of the series. A special mention has to also go to James Anderson who took 24 wickets for 625 runs across five tests including 50 maiden overs. But what has been consistent in this series is the “team effort” mentality; no matter how good one player performed; that player would always comment about it being a team effort. I like that mentality; I believe that is what won the series, England are a team, not 11 individuals, long may it continue, it’s great to see England on top in cricket after 24 years of struggling against the top teams!

It also seems like Bruno Senna’s F1 career could be over before it started! HRT has opted to put pay driver Narain Karthikeyan in a race seat despite not racing in F1 since 2005. So it looks like HRT will have an all pay driver line-up this season with Sakon Yamamoto likely to be Karthikeyan’s team mate. I do take exception to HRT being allowed to compete when clearly they do not have funds to complete a season without pay drivers. The FIA decided to not allow a 13th team onto the grid as it deemed that the applicants didn’t have the financial resources to make it through a whole season. Why are the existing teams not bound by the same rules? Every team should have to demonstrate that they can put two F1 cars that meet FIA standards on the grid for all races of the calendar without the need for pay-drivers. F1 is supposed to be a professional sport, not a track-day event!!! Will HRT even make it through qualifying with the new 107% rule next year?

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