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Ashes: Aussies party hearty while England wallow in misery

Nathan Lyon of Australia leads the team song on the pitch at midnight.

Nathan Lyon of Australia leads the team song on the pitch at midnight. Photo: Getty Images

Australian players partied until the early hours of Monday morning as they celebrated their Ashes triumph.

In contrast, the English team were ridiculed by some of its greatest players after their 5-0 Ashes series ended with a three-day capitulation at the SCG on Sunday. The Australian team stayed at the venue until after midnight with most of the players still dressed in their cricket whites and some wearing their baggy green caps as they made their way back to the team hotel at Quay West in Circular Quay.

While undoubtedly some of his teammates were nursing sore heads on Monday, opening batsman David Warner lent support to his ironwoman girlfriend Candice Falzon while she participated in a tennis promotion alongside Australian tour prop Marinko Matosevic at the Sydney International at Sydney Olympic Park.

Michael Clarke poses with the urn at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday night.

Michael Clarke poses with the urn at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday night. Photo: Getty Images

Warner was up bright and early. The opening batsman made it out west by around 9.30am to join Falzon as well as beach volleyballer Kerri Pottharst alongside professionals Marinko Matosevic and Yaroslava Shvedova in a kids' tennis day "Wreck it or Racquet" challenge.

As the Australians had cause for celebrating their Ashes clean sweep, England's 281-run fifth Test loss has been met with heavy criticism by the likes of Ian Botham, Michael Vaughan and Geoffrey Boycott.

Botham said the team was “spineless” while Vaughan called them “pathetic”.

Australia's cricketers celebrated their Ashes triumph long and hard.

Australia's cricketers celebrated their Ashes triumph long and hard. Photo: Brendan Esposito

Boycott described the final Test as “The worst defeat, because it's happened in three days. We just collapsed. We almost gave up," wrote Boycott in a column.

"I'll put it in context. This has been embarrassing, because I can't remember a series where England have played so poorly and batted so badly.”

Former captain Vaughan told the BBC: “I have never seen an England team throw in the towel, but they did.

"(Coach) Andy Flower has not evolved this team as he should have done. Things have to change in personnel and things have to change in terms of how they play their cricket."

Botham, on Sky Sports, added: "England have been steamrollered. If it had been a boxing match it would have been stopped weeks ago".

Cook did find support from ex-teammate Paul Collingwood who said Cook and Flower should retain their positions.

“I'm sure this has hurt a lot but you've got to move on and have that determination to put things right for the future.' What Andy Flower has done for English cricket has been incredible. He's a real leader and certainly the man I would have at the top to take England forward.”

England coach Andy Flower, who reaffirmed he would not be standing down, has admitted the team needed to change dramatically to turn its fortunes around.

Asked directly whether besieged star batsman Kevin Pietersen would be part of the future, Flower said: "This will be a new start, and so it should be. It does feel like the end of some type of era. We might have to take a little more pain before we have sustained success again.

"And we might have to ask for a little patience in that regard over the coming months."

England have five months before they host Sri Lanka for a two-Test series, by which time a full review into the Australian debacle will have been completed.

Had such a fun morning with @davidwarner31 at the Apia International in Sydney playing tennis against the pros!!! �� pic.twitter.com/lE9jPgpDcd

One thing is certain - Flower has no intention of walking away from his post, and he believes Alastair Cook is the right man as captain to lead England out of their funk.

"I'm not going to discuss individuals, but looking at it a little more holistically, I think it will be the start of something new," Flower said. "I think Alastair Cook as captain can lead that renewal and rebuilding [of] the England cricket side. We're not proud of [the Sydney Test]. And we're not proud of the Test series result, of course. It's quite a bitter pill to swallow. [Australia] have been aggressive and disciplined and completely outplayed us."

The Australian team will continue its celebration with an appearance at the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday from 11am.

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52 comments

  • Lord Mitch of Moustache, Earl Brad of Haddin and OBE's (Only bloody England) for everyone else. How our players must wish for the days of Imperial Honours!

    Commenter
    fred
    Date and time
    January 06, 2014, 12:10PM
    • Why? Who'd want baubles from a German?

      Commenter
      wear the fox hat
      Date and time
      January 06, 2014, 7:15PM
    • To be fair, (even though I think OBE's, Knighthoods are ridiculous), when England beat Australia, Australia was the number one team in the world, and one of the best teams in history. And they won back the Ashes after a long long time.

      Australia were no. 5. They beat the no 3 team in the world. Australia had recently been smashed in India 4-0. A stronger England side was smashed not so long ago by a 3rd string Pakistan team 3-0, and almost lost to a weak NZ team.

      How do we reward this outstanding piece of mediocirty??? Ticker tape parade, like war heroes! Personally, I think this is equally as ludicrous.

      Commenter
      steve
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      January 07, 2014, 9:31AM
  • Winners are grinners and losers please themselves. Nice to touch up the Poms. I think it was "Guru Bob" who was quoted = there are 3 certainties - death, taxes, and the Poms will never again win the Ashes. I'm hoping that is again true...

    Also nice that Vaughn, Botham et al get to cop it after their smirks and lecturing following the beating we received in England.

    Not sure why Boycott is getting such space. He was a self centered Grinch as a player that was never a team player and I'm uncertain as to his strategic capability other than to strategically ridicule whichever team loses. His off-field record in the community should also exclude him from such media commentary.

    Bring on the "SAFfers"! It's good to be challenging the #1 team at a time when we have some confidence. Not sure we have a strong enough batting line-up but we'll find out.

    Commenter
    MApB
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    January 06, 2014, 12:13PM
    • Geoff speaks very highly of you.

      Commenter
      rudy
      Date and time
      January 06, 2014, 3:25PM
    • 'His off-field record in the community should also exclude him from such media commentary?' Bit like Warner's off field record should also exclude him from the field?

      Commenter
      visa geezer
      Location
      sydney
      Date and time
      January 06, 2014, 5:18PM
  • England are shellshocked.....I don't think they have a clue what they need to do right now because of the magnitude of the job involved in rebuilding.

    Given that current status it's probably reasonable that they hang on to Flower and Cook until the dust settles before they decide on what the hell they can do to start rebuilding.

    At the moment I doubt they have any answers because they would have never seen this coming 6 weeks ago. The last thing they would have expected was to be questioning the futures of their superstars like Anderson, Cook, Pietersen and Bell....not to mention Trott and the loss of Swann.

    Commenter
    love it
    Date and time
    January 06, 2014, 1:16PM
    • Some answers will show up in the ODI's
      Some good younguns around ol blighty

      Commenter
      mushy
      Date and time
      January 06, 2014, 4:01PM
    • Some good sloggers but bowlers mushy? When Onions is seen as the best bowler not to the tour you know you have problems. Who's the next Swann?

      Get Finn a new coach that's for sure.

      Commenter
      wear the fox hat
      Date and time
      January 06, 2014, 7:19PM
  • Andy, please stay on until 2015, please, please, so the Aussies can make it 10/10. By then you should be able to put together a 500 page menu for the pompous pie eaters.

    Commenter
    Neil
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    January 06, 2014, 2:07PM

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