The English are back. The Three Lions have come roaring back in test cricket in sublime fashion after thrashing the Aussies in an overwhelmingly one-sided contest at the Trent Bridge. Battered and bruised, the Australians have to keep their chins up and move on, for there’s another test to be played. The Ashes is indeed about pride and England is a brutal place to play test cricket in. Time and again, teams running into its conditions lose their way and more often than not, it reaches a point of no return. Momentum is the key in English conditions; once it’s gone, England destroys opponents. India too faced their fair share of it last summer. All said and done, the Ashes is back in England. But what went wrong for the Aussies, who as a matter of fact looked out of sorts and hence disappointed. Here’s a look at some of the key individuals for both the sides, who failed to make a mark when cricket’s biggest prize was at stake.
5. Adam Lyth
This English opener was under the scanner throughout the tournament. Although this Yorkshireman is fairly new to Test cricket, nothing but the best is expected of an individual in an Ashes test match. Hence the opening batsman’s measly scores in his outings pummels him to make the cut on this unfortunate list. Adam Lyth averaged just 12.27 in his 7 outings so far in the Ashes with his highest being 37 at Cardiff. There was a lot of hue and cry in the British media about dropping him after the second test itself, but his inexperience prompted the management to give the opener another go, but so far it hasn’t worked.