The difference is that it is in our DNA to strive for excellence; and to expect those who wear our colours to fight and excell. When they don't, we aren't silent.
Poms on other hand don't expect much at all. They are used to mediocitry, they wallow in it.
It explains why England is a broke, debt-ridden toilet.
Well done Poms - Played & executed with clinical precission.
You did it without any controversy or mind games and played as the Australian side should have.
If you want to see fair weather supporters turn no further than the British press and past players.
The same past players (99% of which are duds who were never good enough anyway and still carry the log on their shoulders) who howled with derission at the poms in 2007.
This thread is just a pom wind-up which demonstrates a distinct lack of class and humility.
Cricket had hardly caught its breath after Edgbaston; the superlatives had not even settled. But now 2005 had something else to give. A draw, of all things: the first in 17 Ashes Tests. Yes, five days passed and nobody won. But an estimated 10,000 had to be turned away from Old Trafford on the final morning, and thousands more were turned back before they could get close. Roads were clogged for miles around.
This reflected the mounting enthusiasm for the series, but also the decision to offer last-day tickets for only £10 to adults and £5 for juniors; the black market put their value at around £80. Those who failed to join the 22,000 in the ground had to join the estimated 7.7 million who watched the conclusion on TV.
5 days in 1997 got 87 000 supporters
5 days in 2005 got 110 000 supporters, and many more turned away
This is at the ground that no longer has test match status - must have been impressive improvements
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