UK View: Stokes an ‘untamed rebel who’s too stubborn’ and Springsteen concert that showed why Pat’s the Boss
There’s usually nothing better after a magnificent Ashes win than to luxuriate in a long session of schadenfreude via the apoplectic rage of the UK media. But today something is not quite right.
Yes, we can find delight in remembering Ollie Robinson’s barbed comments about Australia having “three No.11s” – has an Ashes sledge ever backfired so deliciously?- after Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon carried the Aussies home in Edgbaston.
Ben Stokes’ decision to declare on day one, the shocking display from Jonny Bairstow and the travails of poor Moeen Ali, contributed to England’s demise and were well noted by the UK media in the wash up. But the fallout has differed from standard procedure and shown an admirable trend towards perspective.
Oliver Holt, in the Daily Mail, summed up the mood.
“This was just the first Test but it carried enough magic in its five days to last for an entire summer. Some people may tell you only of mistakes that were made or decisions that backfired or catches that were dropped but do not listen to them because this game was about glory,” Holt wrote.
“It was about glory and both teams’ lust for it. It wa