You can almost taste those salty tears running down faces across England today.
You don’t have to picture it — the deflated Poms are only too happy to tell you exactly how unfair they believe it is that Australia has retained the Ashes on a day where England’s hypocrisy was badly exposed.
Same old Poms, always whingeing.
After only 30 overs were bowled on day four at Old Trafford in Manchester, England was left unable to convert its dominant position in the game into a series-extending victory as the visitors’ second innings remained 5/214.
The drawn Fourth Test was all Australia needed to hold onto the famous urn with a 2-1 series lead heading into the Fifth Test beginning Thursday at The Oval.
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England’s costly errors throughout the series crippled their chances of winning back the urn for the first time in eight years — and it seems they are looking for someone else to blame.
England captain Ben Stokes particularly had some eyebrow-raising comments after the day’s play where he watched on as the rain fell down and Bazball failed its greatest test.
It was Aussie cricket cult hero Merv Hughes that summed it up — after a month-long running war of words with English TV host Piers Morgan.
The former fast bowler responded to one tweet about England having only been able to win one of their past nine Ashes Tests by writing: “But ask them …. They are the better team!”.
He went on to post: “Ifs and buts my friend… if it didn’t rain there could be only one winner ….. it did rain so as they say in the classics stiff s***!!!”.
Aussie sport broadcaster Gerard Whateley also delivered a scathing rant when speaking on his SEN radio show, slamming England for claiming to be “moral victors”.
“Seriously, cry me a river England,” he said.
“The bleating coming from the other side of the world – honestly. You’d think there had never been a Test match washed away. And that the weather had never assisted the home team’s endeavours previously.”
He went on to say England had been selective in their memory and said the home team had been “shameless” in preparing pitches that best suited their advantage.
“In defeat they have claimed to be moral victors,” he said.
“They have applied the letter if the law and the spirit of the game selectively to suit their actions. They have whinged relentlessly.
“The Ashes are ours on merit and we shouldn’t spend the day apologising for it.”
Here’s how England cricket commentators have reacted to missing out on the Ashes again.
England captain Ben Stokes
The star all-rounder appears to have not seen the scoreboard — suggesting the series will be remembered in years to come by his team’s performance.
He’s right about that, but not in the way he would like.
“We want to leave the Test match summer with a win, the reward for your work isn’t what you get, it’s what you become,” he said.
“We’ve become a team that have been so unbelievably well followed and we will live long in the memories of those who have watched us.
“As much as I would love to be an Ashes winning captain, I want this team to be a legacy team and regardless of what happens over the next period, this 18 months will go down in history as one of the most exciting and proactive teams to go out there and represent England.”
He went on to say: “It is a tough one to take. Playing the cricket we managed to play over the first three days and get on the wrong side of the weather it is tough to take but it is all part of the journey”.
Former England captain Michel Vaughan
“I always say in a five-match series the best team always wins … it’s such a long process you always end up with the best team winning,” Vaughan said.
“I honestly think England have been the better team for the four matches.
“It’s the wrong way to decide a Test match, let alone an Ashes-defining Test match.
“I know we’ve beaten Australia a few times over the last 20 years but I don’t remember a Test match where England have completely dominated and bullied Australia.”
Veteran England quick Stuart Broad
At the age of 37 Stuart Broad will almost certainly never play an Ashes Test on home soil again. He may not even be around when Australia defends the urn in the Aussie summer of 2025/26.
He has claimed in a Sunday newspaper that England has been the better team, calling the result a “damp squib”.
“Sitting in the changing room watching the rain fall on Saturday, there was a feeling it would be unjust if the weather had a decisive say because it’s been such an incredible few weeks to be a part of,” he wrote in The Daily Mail.
“It would be such a damp squib, such an unemotional way for a series between two great rivals to be defined.”
He went on to say: “I have never felt the momentum has left us in this series because ultimately we played a brilliant game at Edgbaston, although Australia came out on top.
“In our own minds, we felt we played all the cricket — we declared on day one, bowled them out and tried to set up a game to get a result. Yes, Australia got the first two results with victory at Lord’s too, but it didn’t feel like the impetus was with them.”
Former England captain Michael Atherton
“It’s cruel. You can look back at times in the series where England have missed opportunities with out a doubt … but just looking at this game, England have absolutely hammered Australia up until now,” he said.
Former England captain Nasser Hussain
“From where England were in winning one Test in 17, this is now their first draw and they have only drawn because of the weather,” Hussain said.
“They have completely bossed this game, they have been the better team, they have been outstanding. They shouldn’t be too deflated.
“This is the worst possible way to end [England’s chances of regaining the Ashes]. Two days of rain in July after everything we have seen in a terrific series. There has not been a dull session.
“It’s disappointing for spectators, viewers and players. Australia won’t have wanted to retain the Ashes like this.”
English batsman and man of the match Zak Crawley
“It’s pretty flat up there (in the dressing room),” Crawley said.
“Obviously we were in a really good position to win this game and unfortunately the weather has cost us a bit. We’re disappointed but we know we played a lot of good cricket and we go on to the next one and keep building as a side which we’re doing well at the moment.
“We played a lot of good cricket the first three days, (gave) ourselves a chance to win it on day three. Then maybe had a chance to win it yesterday and the rain cost us on both occasions.”