Broad, Pietersen & more: Twitter reacts as England win Ashes 3-0
Stuart Broad and Kevin Pietersen both tweet their thoughts after England beat Australia 3-0 in the Ashes series at The Oval
England were denied the chance to seal a record 4-0 Ashes series win after bad light came to Australia’s rescue as the fifth Test ended in a draw at The Oval.
Alastair Cook’s men needed 21 from 24 balls to successfully chase down a target of 227 set by Australia, but the umpires called time on the day’s proceedings to ensure England would have to settle for a 3-0 series win.
Nevertheless, here is a selection of our favourite tweets from the professionals, as well as celebrity cricket fans, to England’s triumph.
England rugby legend Matt Dawson (@matt9dawson) wants Australia to stay out there: “Suck it up Aussies. You’re used to playing in the dark. You’ve been doing it all series!! ;)”
Olympian Anthony Ogogo (@AnthonyOgogo) is disappointed to see the umpires call an end to play: “Boooo hissss, sometimes officials just DO NOT get it. #Ashes”
Former Ashes winning captain Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) doesn’t approve either: “What a F###ing joke … #Ashes. I hope the ICC are realising they are ruining the game!!!!!!”
Taking a break from lynching a certain Arsenal manager, Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan): “Utter disgrace. What a terrible way to end a fantastic test match. #Ashes”
Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) isn’t happy with the sport: “Unbelievable. Cricket’s ashes to be scattered on the Oval’s outfield.”
Former England batsman Paul Collingwood (@Colly622) is happy for his old team-mates: “3-0 enough said #Ashes #RISE”
England’s Luke Wright (@lukewright20) is pleased for his colleagues: “Congrats to all the England players & staff. Amazing effort to win 3-0. What a night out they are going to have! #ashes”
Ex-batsman Mark Butcher (@markbutcher72) gives a different view to the general opinion: “Got to feel for the two umpires, they were merely implementing the laws. They must be feeling pretty low at the moment.”
Happy-go-lucky ex-England star Phil Tufnell (@philtufnell) won’t have his spirits dampened: “Wahey! Tweet me your Ashes celebration pics! #tuffersashes”
England star Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) is savouring his fourth Ashes success: “That’s right.. That’s Ashes #4 … #BOOOOOM”
The hero of the fourth Test Stuart Broad (@StuartBroad8): “Seconds before it was lifted!!! Thanks for the support. Love winning!! #3-0”
Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann (@DietmarHamann) praises the winning side: “Well done England on the Ashes. To not lose a test without being at their best throughout shows what a strong group they are.”
England football legend Michael Owen (@themichaelowen) gives his thoughts on the premature end: “Sad end to #TheAshes but can’t blame the Umpires. The rules need to change. If we’re honest, we didn’t deserve to win the last test anyway.”
More from Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan): “Well done England .. Enjoy the celebrations… #Ashes. #3-0. And @KP24 showed today why I think he is England’s greatest Batsman.. #Ashes. #BoxOffice”
Australia legend Shane Warne (@warne888) shows good sportsmanship: “Congrats England on your win, You were the better team, enjoy the celebrations. To @MClarke23 hold your head high, proud of you & the team #ashes”
Finally, Nick Compton (@thecompdog): “Good to see my dad propping up the podium at the oval handing out the Compton miller medal #gilesclarkelookalike #ashes”