The perfect end
Joe Drabble reflects on a magical day after England powered to a 3-1 series victory at the SCG.
By Joe Drabble
Last Updated: 07/01/11 3:33am
As the clock approached noon on day five at the famous Sydney Cricket Ground, England ended 24 years of waiting and hurting by sealing an emphatic series victory.
I never thought the scenes in Melbourne last week could be eclipsed, they were today.
With half of the ground filled with English supporters, it was yet another 'I was there' day as Australia suffered a record third innings defeat in one series!
"We've had our pants pulled down," not quite Michael Clarke's words after the match, but near enough. It's not even been close.
Our third Test defeat at the WACA seems a mere aberration upon reflection, England could have quite easily won this series 5-0 had it not been for two inspired spells of pace bowling from Peter Siddle in Brisbane and Mitchell Johnson in Perth.
Of course there will be the obligatory 'ifs' 'buts' and 'what might have beens' when the series is analysed in pubs and clubs across England and Australia, but the bottom line is this - the best team won.
Watching the presentation up in my pew in the press box, I was overwhelmed with pride and joy, not only for the players, but for the thousands of English fans who have paid their hard-earned money to come out here.
I have been flittering between the press box and the stands all series, seeing the same faces in their England replica jerseys from city to city. It's not cheap out here, but the players have certainly given their supporters more than their money's worth.
As for me, I'm not quite sure how I'm going to cope without Jimmy Saville and Co for the next few weeks. It's been quite a journey!
Thanks for your company throughout the tour, you can fire all your Ashes views my way via skysports.com's live webchat from 9.30am on Friday.
Let the celebrations begin!