Ashes 2013: English media hails team's thumping victory over Australia at Lord's

England registered a massive 347-run win over Australia in the second Ashes Test at Lord’s © Getty Images

London: Jul 22, 2013

Following England’s thumping victory over Australia at Lord’s, British newspapers have come out and praised the team and are gleefully confident that the hosts will go on to retain the Ashes.

The last time Australia fought back to win an Ashes series after being 2-0 down was way back in 1936-37 when Sir Don Bradman amassed 810 runs in the series.

“It does not get much more comprehensive than this,” said the Daily Mail, declaring that “it is already clear the Ashes are assuredly staying put.”

“England’s superior quality has told at Lord’s after an indifferent first day and there would appear to be no way back for Australia now, not when they are such a shambles both on and off the field,” the newspaper added.

“Lord’s of the manor” headlined The Sun, while the Daily Mirror said the Australians suffered “humiliation. There is no other word for it.”

All the papers paid homage to Joe Root, the 22-year-old opening batsman who made 180 in England’s second innings 347 before taking two wickets.

“There is a gulf in class that was epitomised by Root’s collection of the man-of-the-match award in just his eighth Test for a majestic hundred, but such is his confidence right now he bowled as if he were picked just for that,” the Mirror said.

Simon Barnes in The Times declined to consider whether Australia were in long-term trouble.

“Just as you don’t spoil Christmas by asking how much your new trike cost, so you don’t spoil an England Ashes victory by dwelling on Australian shortcomings,” he wrote.