Four of Gunn & Moore’s Ambassadors – Jenny Gunn, Joe Root, Graeme Swann and Sarah Taylor – ended the summer as Ashes winners.
Root and Swann played all five Tests as England retained the Ashes with a 3-0 series win while Gunn and Taylor helped England claim a comprehensive victory in the revamped Women’s Ashes series played over one Test, three One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals.
Swann finished the Ashes as England’s leading wicket-taker, with 26 scalps at 29.04. He was a constant threat and took a brace of five-wicket hauls. His five for 44 at Lord’s set the game up in the first innings and four for 78 in the second finished the game off in emphatic style.
He was again the pick of England’s attack at Old Trafford, taking five of the seven first innings wickets to fall as Australia piled on the runs. There were also useful cameos with the bat, notably at Lord’s, Chester-le-Street and The Oval, but that maiden Ashes century continues to elude him!
That was one thing that the highly impressive Root did achieve this summer. His 180 at Lord’s was a superb effort, particularly after he had struggled at Trent Bridge. As England lost early wickets, he stood firm, hitting 18 fours and two sixes and frankly got himself out as he pushed for runs quickly ahead of a declaration.
His batting at The Oval, where he made 68, should not be underestimated as an important knock for England as they secured the series without dropping a game. Overall, Root can be very pleased with his record of 339 runs at 37.67.
England Women made a slower start to their campaign before running away with the series 12-4 (5 wins, 1 draw, 1 defeat).
The Test match at Wormsley was drawn, Taylor hitting 33 and 38 not out and Gunn taking a brace of wickets before the limited overs games got underway.
The first match at Lord’s proved to be a bittersweet occasion for Gunn. She became England’s all-time leading ODI wicket-taker but ended up on the losing side.
Meanwhile, Taylor enjoyed the next two matches, both played at Hove, and not just because England won them to take the lead in the series. In the second ODI, she scored her 2,500th ODI run in the course of an innings of 32 and she then blasted 64 in 59 balls in the third match. Gunn guided England home in that game and took two wickets in the series.
Taylor’s form continued into the Twenty20s and she made an England record 77 in 58 balls in the opening match (although this stood for a matter of hours before it was beaten by Lydia Greenway) and as Gunn took two for 33, England stretched their lead.
The Ashes were regained in Southampton, Gunn taking another wicket and the summer ended with another win in a low-scoring triumph at Chester-le-Street. Gunn returned one for 22 to end with four wickets at an average of 22.
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