The Ashes series from 2021/22 is over, and Australia has successfully defended the trophy by winning four games to England’s zero.
During the five Test matches, both the team and the individuals wrote their own stories, with the highlights being the most interesting.
With keeping the next ashes series in mind, the Ashes gave a lot to remember for the rest of many’s lives, whether it was batting scores, a great bowling attack, or the backstories of the players.
So, let’s look back at the best parts of the Ashes series from that summer.
- Michael Neser’s first wicket in a Test match
Michael Neser was only in the Ashes for a short time, but when he first played under the lights at Adelaide Oval, fans loved him right away.
Neser, who was 31 years old, was eager to make the most of his chance on the international stage when he was called up to Justin Langer’s XI when Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood were out sick.
In the first innings of the day-night Test, England’s backs were already against the wall, but the Queensland player was called into the attack early on.
Neser’s first Test wicket for Australia was to get rid of the English opener Haseeb Hameed. Mitch Starc finished the job after Hameed pushed his shot to mid-wicket.
- Starc’s red-hot summer
After Joe Root won the toss and chose to bat first, cricket fans in Australia and England could finally take a deep breath because the Ashes were about to start.
As things went on, it was clear that this was a bad idea.
With the first ball of the day, England’s Rory Burns will face Australia’s Mitchell Starc. This marked the start of the Australian summer of cricket.
Before the first ball was even thrown, the crowd at the Gabba was on the edge of their seats. Starc quickly got them all up and cheering.
Burns’ leg stump was hit by a ball that swung in late, but the Englishman missed the yorker and was out for a duck.
- Summer of Scott, and Boland made great debut.
In his first international game, the bowler from Victoria, Australia, Boland caused a lot of trouble for England by being very accurate with both his line and length.
Boland’s incredible performance in the second innings of the MCG Test against the Brits was enough to put him at No. 3 on this list, even if the story of his first wicket in the first innings wasn’t.
England’s quick collapse on the third morning of the third Test, when they were all out for a meagre 68, and the ridiculous numbers of 6/7 meant that Australia didn’t have to go back to the crease.
Boland, who was 32 at that time, was named Player of the Match in front of his home fans because of what he did.
By the end of the summer, he had had one of the best bowling runs in the history of the game. In three games, he had taken 18 wickets at an average of 9.55. (tied for third most in the series).
- Uzzie’s return to Test cricket was remarkable.
Even though Usman Khawaja had a good start to the summer in the Shield, he was not on the team for the first three Tests. Even so, he made one of the most impressive comebacks in sports history.
The 35-year-old batsman from Pakistan was called up when Travis Head couldn’t play, and he did well.
Khawaja’s first century on his return to the Australian national team brought all Australian cricket fans together, and his second century was seen as an amazing feat for the experienced batsman.
- Head’s amazing 100 in Tasmania
Travis Head’s record-setting century in the fifth Test gave Australia the lead back in the series, which they had lost.
Within the first ten overs of Australia’s first innings, Head was at the crease. This was after the English attack and the Bellerive Oval pitch quickly reduced the home team’s first innings to 3-12.
The No. 5 batsman seemed to be hitting on a different pitch than his teammates. He scored a half-century and made a key partnership with Marnus Labuschagne in record time.
When his partner fell at 4-83, all-rounder Cam Green stepped up to help the Australians defend, letting Head lead by example.
- Bairstow fights through pain to make century
There weren’t many memorable moments in the English camp, but Jonny Bairstow’s knock in Sydney is one that visitors would want to remember.
Australia’s first innings score of 8d-416 put England in a tough spot before they had even thrown a ball.
Bairstow, an English wicketkeeper, came to the crease when his team’s score was 4-36, and he had to try to get his first century in three years.
Bairstow got to 100 with two balls left on the third day of the Sydney Test, even though he had a bad thumb injury that made it look like he wouldn’t be able to do it. He did it by being determined and not giving up.
- Head stomps on doubters in Brisbane with a ton
Travis Head, an Australian batsman in the middle of the order, was one of several players who needed to show why they should be in starting XI the next summer.
Even though Warner and Labuschagne set the stage for Australia’s 425-run first innings total, it was South Australian Travis Head who stood out as the match’s best performer by scoring 152 runs to get the attention of the Australian national team’s selectors.
- Final of the SCG
The fourth Test was an excellent example of how close and exciting Test cricket can get.
Cummins had to give Steve Smith his last overs because Australia needed two wickets to win quickly, and Cummins wanted to give Smith the best chance of getting England all out.
England’s Jack Leach and Stuart Broad were at the crease at the time, trying to protect their score until stumps. Smith’s skill came into play when Leach hit the ball to first slip, where David Warner caught it.
- Adelaide’s magnificent Marnus
In the first Test in Brisbane, Marnus Labuschange scored 74, which was short of a century. When it was his turn to bat again, he didn’t waste any time.
Labuschagne joined the Adelaide Test in the seventh over, and he and the first batter, David Warner, quickly put together a 172-run partnership.
The other player fell short of a hundred by five runs.