Political leaders, cricket stars hail Oz’s ‘sweet’ Ashes victory

Sydney, Dec 18: Australia’s cricketing heroes, including Mitchell Johnson who led the charge, have been feted for bringing the Ashes home on what quickly turned into a national day of celebration, according to reports.

According to News.com.au, the congratulations started from the top, with Prime Minister Tony Abbott hailing the efforts of skipper Michael Clarke, the man who holds perhaps the second-most important job in Australia.

Abbott said Clarke’s team completed an ‘emphatic Ashes series victory’ in Perth, the report said.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten also joined in the spirit of celebration, tweeting that it was ‘great to see the urn returned … they’ve done us proud’, the report added.

Aussie cricket greats revelled in the return of the urn, with Shane Warne tweeting a photo of the famous prize and saying ‘This is yours now !! You little beauty’, the report further said.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan said Australia thoroughly deserved victory because they were the better team by a country mile, the report mentioned. (ANI)