World reacts to thrilling drawn Ashes series
It was a series that had it all. With plenty of exciting close finishes, many controversial moments and an unexpected retirement, the 2023 Ashes will be remembered for some time.
It all finished square at 2-2 following England's thrilling win in the fifth Test at The Oval and a host of former greats took to social media to express their delight in how the series unfolded.
A special series. A fairytale ending 😍— England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 31, 2023
For all of your incredible support and believing in this team and what it's trying to do, thank you ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Dhq261qMEF
While disappointed they failed to win a series on English soil for the first time since 2001, a host of former Australia stars were happy to have at least retained the Ashes yet again.
Great Ashes series and big congrats to both teams for providing entertaining quality cricket. 2-2 I think is a fair result but with both teams probably thinking they should have won the series.— Mark Waugh (@juniorwaugh349) July 31, 2023
Just. Incredible.— Trent Copeland (@copes9) July 31, 2023
Right there with 2005 as the greatest Test series of all time!! Loved it!
Well done @englandcricket & @CricketAus for the way it was played. ‘Bazball’ is enthralling. Cummins.
Congratulations Stuart Broad! 👏🏽 #Ashespic.twitter.com/d541ePkItn
Have to say one of the best test match series you could have. All test matches providing tension right to the wire. #ashes— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) August 1, 2023
And breath! What an amazing Ashes with too many moments to run through. Different styles & game plans but same passion and scoreline. Well played @ECB_cricket & @CricketAus 👏🏽 pic.twitter.com/w91AUODzAK— Mel Jones (@meljones_33) July 31, 2023
The series also caught the attention around the world, with India great Sachin Tendulkar and experienced coach Mickey Arthur leading the way.
From being 2-0 down to drawing level, England's tenacity in this #Ashes series is a tribute to the beauty of Test cricket. The ability to rebound demonstrates the depth of character and the mental fortitude this format demands. Mother Nature might have denied us a series result,… pic.twitter.com/oOn9XgV6BC— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 31, 2023
You can't beat test cricket!— Mickey Arthur (@Mickeyarthurcr1) July 31, 2023