The Ashes 2019 is over, and despite England winning the final Test of the series at the Oval, the urn is staying in Australia. England were champions on Sunday, bringing the series level at 2-2. Root's side won the fifth and final Test by 135 runs in what will be Trevor Bayliss's last game in charge of England. The score-line certainly benefitted England but the Aussies will retain the ashes.
Although the urn is staying with the Invincibles, England has managed to unearth some great talents in the Ashes 2019 and the performances serve as proof.
Jofra Archer was certainly a star in the Ashes 2019 and took 6-62 to give England the upper hand in the fifth Ashes Test, despite yet more runs from Australia's Steve Smith on day two at The Oval. Archer has been the most important addition of 2019, not only starring in the World Cup win but becoming the first England bowler to take 20 wickets in his debut series since Dominic Cork in 1995.
Ben Stokes believes Jofra Archer to be the most talented fast bowler he has seen and one who can help regain the Ashes in Australia, with England now set to lock down this summer’s breakout star with his first central contract and definitely deserved 'man of the match'.
Another star of the Ashes 2019 could certainly be Stuart Broad who dismissed David Warner 7 whopping times in the series. The England pace-spearhead Stuart Broad played a vital role in the recently concluded Ashes series where England led the series in a draw by 2-2. The 33-year-old picked up 23 wickets in five-test series. After his remarkable performance, Broad attributed former New Zealand all-rounder Richard Hadlee for his this.
Hadlee commented: “To see him mature and develop and perform the way that he has… he’s on the verge of greatness. He’s passed all the wickets that I got and the bowling combination with Jimmy Anderson make them categorically the most successful new ball attack in the history of the game. It’s an extraordinary performance".
On the other hand, in the absence of James Anderson, Broad played a pivotal role in leading the pace attack of England. He finished the series as the second-highest wicket-taker after Australia’s Pat Cummins.
Stokes remained unbeaten on day three of the series on two off 50 balls. After playing one of the greatest innings of all time and having scored an unbeaten 135, Stokes revealed he had eaten the magical diet of pasta, fried chicken and two bars of chocolate the day before.
With this win, England tied the Ashes series by 1-1 as Australia had registered a satisfying victory in the first one and the second one ended in a tie. Stokes got good assistance in Jack Leach while chasing and he made sure that he could give the strike to Stokes as they were playing in the last wicket.