To say it has been an eventful year for Australian cricket would quite possibly earn the award for the top understatement of the year, at least so long as we were counting the votes.
Australian have retained the Ashes, just over a year removed from the disgrace in South Africa. They very nearly won the ICC World Cup, but for some dubious accounting, although nothing nearly so egregious as what the Poms did to the New Zealanders.
The year of 2019 will be remembered as the first time Australia has won or retained the Ashes since 2001, with the disclaimer being the condition of “in England.”
It was not long before the superlatives started flowing and no less an authority than journo Robert Craddock was saying that the win was the “Most satisfying win for 30 years.”
Justin Langer did what seemed nearly inconceivable in returning the Baggy Green to an even keel following a dismal period where Australia could not produce by any means, fair, square, or otherwise.
A 185-run win in the fourth Test gave Australia a 2 – 1 series lead, with the drawn second Test actually serving Australia’s interests.
Another cricket expert, Andrew Symonds, made comments to the effect that Australia was the better side.
“It would have been unbearable if they had of won the Ashes,” Symonds said of England.
Relax, Andy. It’s just a game.
Steve Smith might soon find his visage on the face of an Australian currency note, with no doubt that it would have to the hundred and nothing less.
Two centuries and a double ton make us wonder if the government might want to consider a $300 note.
Smith has answered all doubts and can claim nine consecutive Ashes scores of 50 or more.
Smith naturally evokes comparisons to Don Bradman, but while he may pass Bradman in some category or other before he is done, Bradman’s average of 99.9 suggests the need for a note with his picture worth $99.90.