RON’S RANT Ashes were not difficult to urn

England may have retained the Ashes in fine style but they shouldn’t get carried away because they faced an Australian side totally devoid of fighting spirit and application.

Aussie legend Glenn McGrath predicted before the series started that his former team-mates would win 5-0 but that was more a reflex prediction than based on concrete evidence. Shane Warne also boasted that England would squirm under the Aussie intensity but he too had to eat his words in between another spell of high profile philandering with Elizabeth Hurley and a bevy of other beauties.

The fact that England’s Alastair Cook finished the Ashes as the second highest England run scorer in a series highlights the dramatic decline of the Aussies. On current form even the West Indies would fancy their chances against Australia!

England captain Andrew Strauss deserves his props. It wasn’t easy but the victory is tempered by the fact that England are No.3 of nine countries in the official Test rankings and Australia are one place below.

India lead the way and South Africa are second. Now if the Ashes clash was between the world’s two best sides and England still won, then they could have plenty to cheer about. At least the British Bulldogs showed some bite when it really mattered, unlike their football counterparts.