'We decided to meet up in the night club' - Ben Stokes confirms England-Australia meet-up post Ashes 2023 finale
Ashes 2023 ended 2-2.
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After the 2019 edition of the Ashes, England, and Australian players met each other in the dressing room and had a few bottles of beer to celebrate a remarkable series. The big question this time around was whether the tradition will continue or will it come to an end. After the second Test at Lord’s, England coach Brendon McCullum pointed out that they can’t imagine having a beer anytime soon with the Aussies after the spirit of the game was violated by the visiting team.
Nevertheless, in the last three matches, the scenarios changed as England made an emphatic return but Australia eventually managed to retain the Ashes. To celebrate another incredible series, the Pat Cummins-led side knocked on England’s door but the home team couldn’t answer as they were mostly busy celebrating Stuart Broad and Moeen Ali’s legendary Test career.
Thus, Australia left the ground by the time England wrapped up and thus, there were reports of some tension between the two teams. However, skipper Ben Stokes clarified that even though the teams couldn't meet in the dressing room, they managed to get together at a nightclub later in the evening.
“To clarify… Our wrap took longer than expected because of multiple last-time event’s. We decided to meet up in the night club rather than the dressing room,” Stokes tweeted at 4:11 am in the morning.
To clarify…— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) August 1, 2023
Our wrap took longer than expected because of multiple last time event’s.
We decided to meet up in the night club rather than the dressing room
Australia failed to capitalize on their great start
Australia were 2-0 up and even so, the team failed to win their first series on English soil in 22 years. Till the final day of an incredible series, the visiting team had the upper hand but the likes of Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali changed the complexion of the game. Notably, Australia needed only 146 runs in the last two sessions of the match but England made a sensational comeback to win the match by 49 runs.
Moeen Ali picked up two crucial wickets of Travis Head and Mitchell Marsh while Woakes dismissed the dangerous-looking Smith. Post that, Australia failed to make any sort of comeback. Stuart Broad on his farewell match picked up two wickets as England managed to snatch the victory from Australia’s hands.