Twitter erupts as Australia bag Ashes series with 3-0 lead
After Steve Smith-led Australia cricket team beat England cricket team to annexe the Ashes with an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series, the social media eruped trolls, banters and congratulatory messages, and a few former played joining in as well.cricket Updated: Dec 18, 2017 16:04 IST
A terrific spell of fast bowling from Josh Hazlewood had England on the mat on Monday. The visitors lost a third consecutive Test to hand over the Ashes to the hosts, trailing the five match series 0-3. (Australia vs England 3rd Test Scorecard)
Unlike the first two Tests, England started well in the third with centuries from Dawid Malan (140) and Jonny Bairstow (119) bailing the side out of an early wobble. However, English bowlers failed to respect the valiant efforts of the duo and let Australia take charge with a mammoth 622 on board -- captain Steve Smith leading from the front with a stupendous 239.
With Australia trailing by 259, Hazlewood then claimed a classic fifer, including two overnight wickets and removing both the first-innings centurions to pave the way for the victory.
It didn’t take too long for the social media to get started with trolls and banters, and a few former players joining in as well.
Former England international Kevin Pietersen even went a notch ahead to slam Joe Root and a few of his decisions. Without naming anyone, the middle-order batsman urged Root to get rid of one of his new-ball bowlers in order to trigger a comeback.
“As we all bid a fond farewell to the WACA, Root needs to bid a fond farewell to one of his new ball bowlers! MCG & SCG present him an opportunity to start his young reign as captain again! #Ashes (sic),” KP posted on his official Twitter handle.
As we all bid a fond farewell to the WACA, Root needs to bid a fond farewell to one of his new ball bowlers! MCG & SCG present him an opportunity to start his young reign as captain again! #Ashes pic.twitter.com/tlDBcYU94Q— KP (@KP24) December 18, 2017
A few Australian cricketers, not in a mood for introspections and were simply happy that the Baggy Greens had emerged on top.
The urn returns!! Brilliant performance boys! #Ashes— Aaron Finch (@AaronFinch5) December 18, 2017
Here are a few other reactions from Twitteratis across the world:
Well played Australia ... Too good in all facets of the game ... #Ashes— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) December 18, 2017
Well played Australia, the better team so far. See you in Melbourne. #Ashes— England's Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) December 18, 2017
Well played Australia! Not much else to say there 😢🏏 #Ashes— Ian Bell (@Ian_Bell) December 18, 2017
Congratulations Australia! Well done lads! 🇦🇺 #Ashes— Jason Gillespie 🌱 (@dizzy259) December 18, 2017
Anderson and Broad as 10 and 11 have to rival Ambrose/Walsh as worst tail ending pair in cricket history! #ashes— Murray Conallin (@MConallin) December 18, 2017
England coach Trevor Bayliss now checking the WACA change rooms for asbestos. Just in case the pitch dries out.#Ashes— Richard Hinds (@rdhinds) December 18, 2017
When Bradman played, the whole bloody pitch was wet.— Dennis Wet Patch (@DennisCricket_) December 18, 2017
He averaged 99.94#Ashes
The fourth Ashes Test -- boxing day match -- will be played in Melbourne from December 26-30.