The AFL and NRL are done for 2014, and there’s only a few league and union Tests to look forward to – which means, for most red-blooded Aussie sports buffs, it’s time to get pumped up about another summer of cricket.
Commentary Box Sports is taking a look back at the best moments of the epic 2013-14 home international schedule to whet the appetite for what shapes as a sizzling 2014-15 summer.
Australia’s dominant Ashes series rout of hapless England was regularly marked by fiery confrontations and bad blood, but this was one of the lighter moments of a torrid campaign.
England opener Michael Carberry played a perfect front-foot defensive shot to Australian paceman Ryan Harris during the fifth Test at the SCG – but his bat snapped in half. Bats breaking is nothing new, but it was certainly bizarre to see Carberry’s weapon fold up from such an innocuous shot, particularly as the break was so high up the Kookaburra bat.
Harris, Carberry and the surrounding fielders stood around in bewilderment.
Harris earned plenty of props for his series performance, taking 22 wickets at 19.31 – including 5/25 in the second innings at the SCG.
Carberry was ultimately one of England’s most impressive performers under difficult circumstances, making just his second Test appearance (and his first in over three years) at the age of 33 in the opening clash at the Gabba. He made 281 runs at an average of 28.10 – behind only Kevin Pietersen among England’s brittle batting line-up.