There was a lot expected from both Australia and England before the start of the Ashes series which got underway from November 23, 2017. But at the end of the five test matches there was only one team worth talking about and it was the hosts, Australia.
The Aussies portrayed their class and completed a 4-0 rout of England on January 8, 2018 as they won the final test by an innings and 123 runs. England was no match to Australia in any department as the hosts outclassed the visitors convincingly. But the series certainly lived up to the expectations as far as the quality of cricket is concerned.
Australian skipper Steve Smith was super consistent throughout the series and once again proved why he is considered the best in the longest format of the game. The young captain finished with 687 runs at an average of 137 which is quite a thing to be proud of. It was also his first Ashes as a captain and his leadership skills are also to be praised. Smith also bagged the man of the series award for his wonderful and decisive performances throughout the series.
As far as the bowling department is concerned, the Aussies dominated right from the start. England could not stand against a fiery Aussie pace attack which included the likes of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood. Australian spinner Nathan Lyon also did a commendable job in picking up crucial English wickets. At the end of the series it was Pat Cummins who finished as the highest wicket taker with 23 scalps to his name. He was closely followed by Mitchell Starc (22), Nathan Lyon (21) and Josh Hazlewood (21).
Overall it was a series completely dominated by the hosts which saw them regain the urn in style. England and Joe Root would be highly disappointed with their performance which was poor from all angles.