Why the Ashes were so close – but how far apart are they?

Aussie Test captain Matthew Wade says the final Ashes Test was so close it had “no relevance” to the series as a whole.

Wade says Australia was on course to win its first series victory since 2001.

The series has been a bitter one for the game.

Here’s a look at how they all went wrong.

1.

How Australia’s run started to fade The Ashes were a great test for the Ashes, and they were a massive success for the tour.

The players and coaches had achieved such an impressive feat.

But the series got off to a fast start.

The Australians began to struggle.

Their batsmen struggled to get a run in.

They struggled to finish their overs.

And, in the first Test, they could only manage a run off the back of the opening wicket.

They got caught out, but the result was the same: Australia got smashed.

Two centuries for David Warner in three matches and a couple of wickets in one Test match later, Australia had won their first Ashes series.

The following Test was also a massive disappointment.

Australia finished the game at 31-0 down, but could have won the match by a few runs had they played a few more balls.

The pressure had worn on them.

But Wade believes Australia had “a very, very strong starting series” and the results were “really important”.

2.

Why the series ended in a draw The series ended on a sour note.

Australia won their last three Tests.

And the series had come so close.

It was the first time Australia had lost consecutive Tests.

But, in an ironic twist, it was the second time they had won consecutive series.

Wade had called it the “first Test in the Ashes” and, in his first interview in a month, he said the series was “just not there yet”.

He was right.

Australia lost in the fourth Test.

They were bowled out for a total of 44 runs in the final over.

They had also bowled 11 overs at the end of the series.

3.

The way Australian captain David Warner was treated in the media The media’s coverage of David Warner’s performance in the series against New Zealand was one of the most controversial of the Ashes.

It came as a surprise to many that the Australian captain was treated so badly.

Warner had been playing well at the time of the tour, but his form dipped.

He had a Test hundred in New Zealand, but not a hundred in Australia.

He missed two Test hundred-scoring opportunities and failed to score in a Test at Lord’s.

But even in his best form, he was not the player he once was.

4.

The manner in which Australia’s first-class players reacted The media has often portrayed the first-choice spinners in the Test team as weak, but Wade says there was little that could be done about that.

In fact, he believes Australia’s players were treated with great respect.

“We are not talking about some young spinner, not that I am saying that they were weak.

They weren’t.

But we were not expecting that.

There was not much of a discussion, there was not a lot of anger,” Wade said.

5.

The Australian Test captain’s performance Wade says his captain’s form in the team was “unquestionable”.

“It was a really, really strong performance.

He was absolutely brilliant, and I think you can be really proud of the way he performed, and it was just the right way to play the game,” Wade added.

He said Australia had the “right players to play well”.

6.

The style of play in the middle-order Australia’s batting was a mixture of the old-school approach and new-school.

They started the series with an over and hit the bowlers for six.

But Australia’s bowling was slower, with the spinners taking their time and their pace to build a big number.

The spinners struggled to score and their bowlers struggled to keep wickets.

The middle-class spinners were not very fast either.

They could not control the middle overs or hit their big scores.

7.

The quality of Australia’s bowlers Australia’s spinners failed to bowl the batsmen well in the opening innings.

The pace of the ball was so good that Australia were able to hit their wickets quickly and bowl the ball to the boundary.

Wade believes this was partly because Australia’s batsmen were used to bowling the ball with the middle part of the pitch in the field.

Australia’s seamers were used more to take wickets at the boundary and they also had better pace.

“It’s not just the bowling that’s poor, it’s the pace of those seamers,” Wade explained.

“There’s no doubt about it.

And they had some pretty tough innings, particularly with those seamiers.”

8.

The tactics Australia employed in the third Test in England In the third test, England’s bowling changed.

England started the innings with a clean sheet, but lost the series to Australia.