It would be wrong to suggest that old is the new young. The likes of Agar and Root will return stronger for their difficulties in this series, and have every chance of playing a central role in the return series Down Under this winter. But those who derided Australia for calling up a 35-year-old must now retract their scorn.
It would be an outright lie if I said I didn't care who wins the Ashes. I wear a Team Cook t-shirt, not Team Clarke. But I certainly don't want to see a 5-0 whitewash of the Aussies. A close fought series, a taster of which we had at Trent Bridge throughout the first Test, should be what every cricket fan craves.
The Ashes returned magnificently last week in one of the greatest Test matches anyone of any generation has witnessed. England
ICC chief executive David Richardson has admitted third umpire Marais Erasmus did not follow protocol by giving Jonathan