One of the biggest reasons why England are so emphatically placed in the current Ashes series is because Ian Bell has been in exceptional form with the bat even as some of the other senior batsmen in the side have struggled.
The scoreline of 3-0 in favour of England after four Ashes Tests suggests that they have dominated the series. Indeed they have, but the most amazing part of England’s performance has been the manner in which they have fought back in each and every game after being under immense pressure.
When Australia resumed day three of the Chester-le-Street Test, they went in with hopes of building a decent first-innings lead over the Englishmen. However, at the end of the day’s play, it was the England camp that was smiling.
So, England aren’t invincible after all. They may have retained the Ashes following the rain-marred draw at Old Trafford in Manchester, but it wasn’t a convincing one by any stretch of the imagination.
Although England are 2-0 up in The Ashes, there have been many occasions during the series when the hosts have been under the pump. However, unlike Australia who have allowed the Englishmen to get away numerous times, Alastair Cook’s men have fought back from tough situations and have reversed the pressure on the Aussies.