Australian press and commentators react to Ashes defeat

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London, Aug.24 (ANI): The Australian press and commentators have reacted along predictable lines to the latest Ashes series defeat to England in England.

"The Australian selectors have faced serious issues right through the series and they have not been solid. The selectors need to be made answerable at the end of this campaign, said former Australian opener Michael Slater.

"Not only did they [the selectors] handcuff Ponting at The Oval with four pacemen on a palpably dry pitch, but they also, once again, resorted to the failed ploy of expecting part-time spinners to do a specialist task," The Independent quoted Ian Chappell, as saying.

"Forget all that nonsense about criticising Ponting's captaincy. He remains unequivocally the best player to lead the team," said the Herald Sun.

"I really don't think that England deserve to win this year. This is hard for me to acknowledge, since I'm South African, and it's in my blood to hate anything Australian," said Frost on www.cricket- blog.com.

"We've scored eight tons versus England's two. He [Ponting] must go as a captain - the only captain to lose the Ashes with the invincibles will become the only captain to lose two Ashes." virtualGaz on www.cricket-blog.com

"England don't deserve to win the Ashes. They haven't scored enough centuries.

Day one of the final Test said it all. England won the toss. They picked the best side while Australia may have got their side wrong. The bowlers performed modestly in the first session. England got the start they wanted. Australia were rattled. The wicket was flat. The ball was swinging a bit but hardly venomously.

Ricky Ponting was chewing his nails and looked agitated. And still no English batsman could take control. Sorry but that's not good enough," said Robert Craddock in his report for the Herald Sun.

"Andrew Flintoff had to produce something magnificent in his final Test, you just knew, and when he threw down the stumps to dismiss Australian skipper Ricky Ponting to end a defiant innings, the Oval faithful had their moment," said Jamie Pandaram, The Age. (ANI)

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