England Reclaim the Ashes from Australia
Both the Queen of England and the mayor of London, Boris Johnson, have paid tributes and praised the latest victory of England’s cricket team. Gerry Sutcliffe, the Minister of Sport, has called it a “fantastic achievement”.
The last time England won the ashes was in 2005 when a large parade took place in celebration. The team arrived looking tired out from a long night of partying, and thousands of fans lined the London streets to catch a glimpse of them. This year, celebrations were much more low key with the cricket team returning victorious to their hotel before midnight. There will be no parade of major planned celebrations this year.
The team secured their victory during their final test at the Oval, winning by 197 runs. Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff described how the team celebrated the win with friends and family, having a few beers, and told reporters how he savoured the moment. Back at the hotel, the team were behaving soberly, happily posing for photographs with other guests and shaking hands. They were also applauded by other guests staying at the hotel.
Late on Sunday evening following their victory, Captain Andrew Strauss, who was named the man of the series, lifted the trophy to a cacophony of champagne corks popping and fireworks being set off. The trophy is a replica of the real urn containing the coveted ashes. England’s win in 2005 had been the first time that they had reclaimed the Ashes from Australia in 18 years so none of the team had ever experienced this victory before. This year, some of the team members are the same and it is their second win of the decade; they are hoping that there will be many more to come.
It was the last test match for Andrew Flintoff, who will now withdraw from the England cricket squad to have surgery on his knee to correct an injury.
The country celebrated at the news of England’s win against Australia, with celebrations kicking off in bars, clubs and living room’s across the United Kingdom. London escorts have been helping gentlemen to celebrate the victory and are proud of the team’s success.