Undoubtedly, England have gone against all the odds and won the Ashes after a resounding innings victory over Australia.
England captain Alastair Cook said his team’s incredible Ashes triumph over the visitors was “beyond belief”.
Cook’s men won the fourth Test by an innings and 78 runs to seal series win. Australia was balled out for 60 and 253 whilst England declared 391 runs for 9.
England’s pre-series underdogs completed a second straight three-day victory over their opponents at Trent Bridge to take an indisputable 3-1 lead in the series.
“To win as we have done is beyond belief,” Cook, 30, said before continuing, “I didn’t think we were quite ready to win the Ashes because I thought you needed players who were match-hardened, but the guys out there surprised me.”
He added: “We’ve won really critical moments and players have made that big step from guys with little experience to match-winners for England.”
After losing the last Ashes series 5-0 in 2013-14 back in Australia, England were also knocked out of the World Cup in the group stages in March and drew their last two Test series with West Indies and New Zealand 1-1.
Now Cook hopes England’s attacking cricket has won over a sceptical public.
“We’ve tried to really enjoy every moment,” he said. “The big thing this summer has been trying to show people our talent and players in the dressing room have really thrived in that atmosphere we’ve tried to create.”