A battered and bruised England flew out of Australia with skipper Andrew Strauss certain their historic Ashes success had not been tarnished by the heavy one-day international series defeat
England emphatically sealed the most coveted prize of their three-month tour Down Under when they beat Australia 3-1 in the Ashes. It was the first time England had won the little urn in Australia for 24 years and they did so with three innings victories.
In the month since that success was sealed in Sydney, however, England have been on the wrong end of a thumping 6-1 one-day international series reverse.
But asked if the end to the tour had tarnished the Ashes memory, Strauss said: "I don’t think so. They are two different forms of the game and that Ashes victory was incredibly special and one that we’ll savour forever.
"You talk to people out there and they say ‘great tour’ even though we just lost 6-1. We’re disappointed with the one-day results but we’ll get onto that plane, certainly those who were involved in the Ashes, and be very happy with what we’ve achieved."
Strauss admitted after a tour-ending 57-run defeat to Australia in Perth that he would have plenty to ponder on the long flight home as he and team director Andy Flower gather themselves for a World Cup campaign.
Most concerning is England’s long list of injuries – headed by middle-order batsman Eoin Morgan, who is due to see a specialist about a fractured finger but must be a major doubt for the World Cup, which begins on February 19, after Strauss revealed the 24-year-old sustained a "substantial break" to the top of the middle finger on his left hand.
Strauss admitted he had already spoken to Flower about potential candidates to be drafted into the squad, but was reticent to name players until the results of Morgan’s tests were known.
"We have (spoken about replacements), but we have to see what the specialist says first," he said. "There’s no point in thinking too far ahead if he is available. We’ll be sitting down with the selectors when we get back to England."