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Jan 6, 2013
Former England captain Vaughan was one of the torchbearers of thinly veiled barbs at the Aussies on the social networking site at the start of the series but was on the receiving end of online banter from a triumphant Australian outfit, high on adrenaline after completing only the third Ashes whitewash in Ashes history.
Vaughan, who led England to the urn in 2005, had predicted a 2-1 scoreline in favour of England at the start of the series but soon changed track and resigned to the Australian onslaught and predicted a whitewash after midway through the series.
Stuart Broad was not spared of the mickey-taking either. Broad was branded as Australia’s public enemy No 1 before the start of the series. The Brisbane Courier-Mail kept up a constant line of attack at Broad, labeling him ‘Stuart Fraud’ and even refusing to print his name.
Australia batsman Steven Smith was pictured signing a T-shirt which contained the message ‘Stuart Broad is a s*** bloke’ also had other signatures, which suggests his team-mates shared the hate sentiment against the lanky English pacer.
The series also witnessed a lot of bad blood between the two sides and David Warner was often a central character with on-field verbal jibes but the Australian opener had no regrets on about his misdemeanors, he said, ”Apparently I said some rude things that were picked up on stump mic, that you can’t say — but I don’t recall any of them. You don’t cross that line. Probably we got close to it a couple of times, but I think we really got into their heads.”
Australia’s ‘unchangeables’ — the same XI who beat England in every Test — and thousands of fans thronged at the Sydney opera house for a carnival-like celebration. Australian skipper Clarke was a proud man, with the nightmares in India and England where the Aussies lost seven out of nine Tests erased from public memory.
Addressing the crowd, Clarke said, “I’m extremely proud. It’s an amazing achievement. The players are extremely proud, and I think every single one of the public should be as well. ’The work the guys have put in over a long period of time, we’ve finally got the rewards. It’s extremely satisfying, and shows hard work does pay off.”
Yet Clarke has maintained throughout that it has been far from easy “We knew this series was going to be tough but when we had the opportunity to stand up, every single one of the players did that. Our preparation and hard work are the reasons we sit here with success today.
‘Pup’ also did not hold back in praising Australia’s architect-in-chief, Mitchell Johnson, he went on say,” With Johnno, the pressure of the other bowlers up the other end allowed Mitchell to come out and fire like that.It was awesome.
Johnson, especially, could reflect on a series of redemption – after his many previous Ashes struggles, during which he was often the butt of jokes among the English crowd. The left-arm pacer said, “It’s just been amazing. The ‘Barmy Army’ have given me a hard time over the years. So it was nice to put up five fingers for the 5-0 win; to be sitting here now, just seeing all these smiling faces, it’s really cool.
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