Cricket may be a team game, it's the individuals who add the building blocks and subsequently the team wins. It every team, you'll find some players fighting to live upto the expectations, which makes essential for those who're in form to pull the team through..
Sir Don Bradman, who holds the record of most runs in an Ashes series (974), is a prime example of driving team on his shoulders as during that series in 1930, the second best scorer from Australia was Bill Woodfull with just 345 runs but Bradman's heroics helped Aussies win the series 2-1. Similar was the case during 2010-11 series when Alastair Cook went onto make 766 runs which gave enough support for England bowlers to snatch out 3-1 win.
Who are the batsmen in best of form as we play Ashes 2013-14 in Australia? following is the list of leading scorers in this 5 test match series..
David Warner was the leader of the table, having scored 49 in first inning of first test match and returning with a century in second, his fourth in career and first against England. Brad Haddin played several crucial knocks during the course of the series, luring his team out of danger while captain Michael Clarke nailed a century as well. Mitchell Johnson seemed to have worked on his batting as he too has three figure runs so far in the series. Were were the English run machines??
They say, batsmen set up a test match with runs on board for bowlers to take 20 wickets as without it, you can't register a win. Both England and Australia have some of the best bowlers in the World currently, so it'll be very interesting to see who finishes on top.
The record of most wickets in an Ashes series belongs to Jim Laker who snatched away 46 scalps during 1956 sixes including a 19/90 which still stands as the best figures in test cricket. Terry Alderman in 1981 and 1989 came close to Laker's record but couldn't break it. Shane Warne was English nemesis all the while he played and his 40 wickets during 2005 series, which Australia lost, remains the best bowling performance in recent Ashes series. Rodney Hogg is only other bowler to take 40 or more wickets in a test series between Australia and England = 41 in 1978-79.
Ashes 2013-14 belonged Mitchell Johnson all the way. He was single handly the difference between two teams, taking three five wicket hauls and rattled Englishmen to the core with his pace and newly rediscovered accuracy. Stuart Broad took first five-for of the series while Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle finished up Adelaide test match. It's sad to see seasoned performers like James Anderson and Graeme Swann not making any impression in the series. Shane Watson continued to bowl his economical best while Nathan Lyon was breath of fresh air for home team.