Oz press lavishes praise on home team for regaining ‘glory days’

Johannesburg, Dec 19: The Australian media has hailed their home team for humbling old enemy England in the Ashes, saying that Australia has ‘urn-ed’ their victory and that their glory days are back.

However, the Australian media largely focused on their own team, leaving criticism of the hapless English to their British counterparts, summed up by England veteran Geoffrey Boycott, who said Alastair Cook’s men had ‘cocked it up big time’.

According to Sport24, the Australian Financial Review devoted nearly two pages to the story, proclaiming the ‘Glory days are back’, while the Sydney Daily Telegraph lavished praise on Australian captain Michael Clarke, saying that the triumph was Clarke’s finest hour,

The paper also said that to pick up a ‘cobbled-together’ side from the wreckage of poor Indian and England tours and reclaim the Ashes in such emphatic fashion is one of the great achievements in Australian cricket, adding that the captain and the coach have

dragged out a bunch of ‘ageing hard heads’ and given them an unexpected shot at glory.

An ageing team finally coming good was a theme the Sydney Morning Herald also ran with, while simply stating ‘It’s ours’ on its front page, saying that seldom can it be confidently stated that one moment is a highpoint in a sportsman’s career, but for a lot of this Australian team, nothing will match it because there is so little time left.

The paper also said that the overwhelming margin of their victories against a team that tormented them just a few months ago is one of those examples of why it is called cricket, wonderful cricket – ‘wonderful in both senses: excellent and marvellous’. (ANI)