Matty Kay: England’s Ashes dominance hardly a surprise

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England wrapped up the Ashes on Monday when the rain came to their rescue and caused an exciting third Test at Old Trafford to end in a draw.

It was lucky in one sense that the heavens opened as we were struggling on 37-3 when the game reached its premature conclusion.

Skipper Alastair Cook is definitely due runs in this series, and he was joined back in the pavilion by an unfortunate Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott as the Aussies fought back.

I do think that England will kick on now though and pick up another win at Chester-le-Street this week.

Surely the tourists’ morale will be at an all-time low on this series after coming as close as they have been so far since arriving here, only to see their hopes dashed by the typical Manchester weather.

I think Jonny Bairstow is under a bit of pressure, Bob Willis was critical of his technique and doubts if he has what he takes to become a regular at Test level.

I disagree with Willis and hope the selectors are patient with him and give him a chance.

I spoke last week about our second team’s big game against rivals Sessay at the weekend.

We managed to get a massive win that will hopefully take us into another big game against Ripon this weekend.

The first team collected two important wins at the weekend as well.

Skipper Andy Simpson led from the front with the bat as he has does on numerous occasions and they will be hopeful he can do so against Cleethorpes this weekend.