Steve Smith, the Australian captain, Expectations were high with Australia entering the series as favourites, but question marks hovered over Smith’s team, which had been notably erratic in recent times.
“An Ashes series is huge for Australian and English cricketers,” Smith told reporters after Australia’s Ashes victory on Monday (December 18). “There is always that added pressure, it was my first series as captain in an Ashes. I wanted to make my mark and do something really special. What the boys have done over the last couple of weeks has been exceptional.”
“I think here in Australia it makes a difference (having explosive pace) on the flatter pitches,” he said. “We’ve made sure to have these big three quicks on the park and ready for this series. A couple of them skipped the ODI series in India and we knew what was coming up. We were preparing for this series and we wanted the big three on the park.”