Ashes 2013-14: Australia celebrate series whitewash with one last dig at England bowler Stuart Broad during Sydney parade
Australian players soak up the crowds adulation with a number of players signing a t-shirt with the slogan 'Stuart Broad is a s*** bloke'
Tuesday 07 January 2014
The Ashes-winning Australian cricket team have brought their celebrations to the streets of Sydney as they were paraded in front of their adoring fans outside of the Sydney Opera House.
England may have been tormented throughout the entire series, crumbling to only their third ever 5-0 whitewash in Ashes history, but the pain of defeat has not stopped just yet. With a customary victory parade taking place on the shores of Sydney Harbour, one fan produced a shirt for batsman Steve Smith to sigh with the slogan ‘Stuart Broad is a s*** bloke’ written on it.
Smith was delighted to etch his signature on the bright yellow t-shirt, along with many other signatures presumably from his teammates.
The slogan is in reference to the treatment Broad has received Down Under following his refusal to walk from the crease in the summer Ashes Series, when he clearly edged an Ashton Agar delivery to Michael Clarke at slip.
Upon his arrival, the Australian media labelled him “Stuart Fraud”, before deciding on the eve of the first Test that they would no longer report his name, instead using “27-year-old English medium pace bowler” when making reference to Broad.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was also in attendance for the celebrations, while the new holders of the Ashes hoisted a replica urn and crystal trophy high into the air to enjoy the adulation of the on looking fans.
Speaking to the crowd, Clarke said: “I'm extremely proud. It's an amazing achievement,” he said.
“The players are extremely proud, and I think every single one of the public should be as well.
“The work the guys have put in over a long period of time, we've finally got the rewards. It's extremely satisfying, and shows hard work does pay off.
“We knew this series was going to be tough... but when we had the opportunity to stand up, every single one of the players did that.
“Our preparation and hard work are the reasons we sit here with success today.”
Notorious bad boy David Warner meanwhile remained unrepentant over reports that he was caught goading opponents out on the pitch in a manner that crossed the line, and maintained that the whole series was “awesome”.
“Apparently I said some rude things that were picked up on stump mic, that you can't say - but I don't recall any of them.
“You don't cross that line. Probably we got close to it a couple of times, but I think we really got into their heads.
“With Johnno (Mitchell Johnson), the pressure of the other bowlers up the other end allowed Mitchell to come out and fire like that.
“It was awesome.”
Johnson delivered one of the most impressive turnarounds in Test cricket history, having been mocked for his bowling during the 2010-11 Ashes series. This time around, he produced a flurry of fiery and aggressive balls that had the England batsman stumped in their efforts to deal with his extra zip, leaving Johnson to take the plaudits.
“It's just been amazing,” he said.
“The 'Barmy Army' have given me a hard time over the years.
“So it was nice to put up five fingers for the 5-0 win... to be sat up here now, just seeing all the smiling faces, it's really cool.'
Prime Minister Abbott congratulated Clarke and his side, claiming that the win meant everything to the nation on which he thanked the side on behalf of.
“It is an extraordinary honour to congratulate this champion team, and this team of champions,” he said.
“In our country, summer means cricket.
“A good summer is Australia versus England, and a great summer is one where Australia beats England ... and didn't we whip them in this particular series?”
The five-match One-Day International series kicks off on Sunday, giving England a slim chance of redemption, but they will have to wait until the Australian’s arrive in the UK in the summer of 2015 before they can have a crack at regaining the Ashes which they had held since 2009.
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