The Ashes: England mocked by Australian press comparing quick win to lack of Covid-19 test

‘Do you need a quick test? Play the Poms’: England’s Ashes flops are mocked on the front pages of Australian newspapers, linking their three-day third test loss to the lack of lateral flow Covid sets available Down Under

  • England have been ruthlessly mocked by the Australian press after the loss of Ashes
  • Joe Roots’ team was beaten on just 12 days of cricket over the three tests
  • The Daily Telegraph compared England to a quick Covid-19 test amid a shortage
  • Other newspaper front pages paid tribute to Scott Boland after he took six wickets











England have been ruthlessly mocked by the Australian press after their embarrassing performance in Ashes with the competition completed and dusted off in just 12 days of one-sided cricket.

In a headline to sum up 2021, the Daily Telegraph in Sydney combined Australia’s rapid fire retention of the urn with the nationwide shortage of Covid-19 tests in the country.

‘Do you need a quick test? Play the Poms’ welcomed their front page on Wednesday after Australia finished third in Melbourne with a one-innings and 14 runs in less than three days.

Contempt for England’s weak performance in the ashes has started in Australia, where the Daily Telegraph in Sydney compared their quick surrender in the series with a Covid-19 test

Covid tests are in short supply in Australia with cows outside of chemists to grab them

Covid tests are in short supply in Australia with cows outside of chemists to grab them

Piers Morgan tweeted the funny cover along with a series of angry emojis as the dust settled on a very uncompetitive Ashes.

It comes as Australians struggle to grab the rapid antigen tests capable of detecting the highly contagious Omicron strain of the virus, which is spreading rapidly across the country.

The tests, which can be performed at home in 15 minutes, are not free in Australia as they are in the UK. They sell for anywhere from $ 30 (£ 16) for a two-pack or $ 50 (£ 27) for a five-pack.

The Herald Sun paid tribute to bowler Scott Boland after his six wickets lowered England in the third Test

The Herald Sun paid tribute to bowler Scott Boland after his six wickets lowered England in the third Test

Mercury celebrates Australia's Ashes victory

The third test win was also featured on The Advertiser

Boland were also prominent on the front pages of Mercury (left) and The Advertiser (right) as Australia toasted a quick Ashes victory over England

However, increased demand for the tests prior to the Christmas and New Year holidays has left them in short supply, and the shortage could potentially last for several weeks.

The straightforward Ashes victory, however, will have lifted the mood, and while the knives are being sharpened for captain Joe Root and coach Chris Silverwood here in England, the Australian press was happy to make fun.

The Melbourne Herald Sun topped their front page with the line: ‘Quick Test Result: Aussies’ Ashes Triumph’.

They paid tribute to local boy Scott Boland, who took six wickets for just seven runs in England’s second innings to distort Australia’s headline ‘Incredibol’.

The newspaper also gave away two posters to celebrate the triumph, one that read: ‘The Smashes’.

The Australian marks the Ashes victory

Cricket was also on the front page of the Herald

The Australian (left) and Sydney Morning Herald (right) also featured the cover cricket

'You've Urned it' said the Courier-Mail in Brisbane as Australia went 3-0 up in the Ashes series

‘You’ve Urned it’ said the Courier-Mail in Brisbane as Australia went 3-0 up in the Ashes series

Mercury from Tasmania paid tribute to ‘Great Scott’ as the Ashes victory dominated their front page, while his image was also on the front page of The Advertiser and the Sydney Morning Herald.

The Courier-Mail in Brisbane was headlined ‘End this sick joke’, but it was about cows to get Covid tests rather than England’s sluggish performance.

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