I was only going to post this after Australia retained the Ashes overnight. But, we lost the game (not the Ashes). Such a cracking game, a game of the ages. England should not have even come close to win, but that is the nature of cricket that a match can go down to the wire like it did last night. Two entire nations on the edge of their seats. Here in Australia it was after 1:30am when the game finished. A total letdown for us. Well done England (and Wales).
For the Americans:
After 3 games, out of a total of 5.
Australia and England are 1-1-1.
Australia won the first game, the second was a draw (no-result), and the third overnight was won by England, but really was a game Australia should have won. This means the series has really opened up, with 2 games to play.
Here is the scorecard of the third game:
The Ashes are the oldest continuous sporting competition in the world. It's been played by our two nations since 1882 every 2 years: once in England over northern summer, and then once in Australia over northern winter. The Ashes are the actual ashes of some stumps that were burnt and placed in a tiny urn. It was kind of a joke, as a newspaper ran an obituary for cricket when the convict nation of Australia won the very first series in England against the odds in 1882. And now that's the trophy that is awarded, although the actual trophy has only come to Australia once - in Princess Diana's handback back in the 1980's from memory.
It was a great game last night, and it's been a great series so far. I hope the last few games live up to the first three.