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The Ashes: The good, the bad and the ugly from Down Under

BACK WHEN IT BEGAN: England's Joe Root, right, and Australia's Steve Smith pose before the start of the Ashes Test series at The Gabba, Brisbane. Picture: Jason O'Brien/PA
BACK WHEN IT BEGAN: England's Joe Root, right, and Australia's Steve Smith pose before the start of the Ashes Test series at The Gabba, Brisbane. Picture: Jason O'Brien/PA
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ENGLAND’S latest tour Down Under started out on a wave of optimism, only to be quickly trampled on a a relentless Australia, the tourists’ Ashes quest over before Christmas.

Chris Waters watched events unfold from afar, providing regular columns for the YP over the five Test matches, in a series Australia won at a canter 4-0. Here, our chief cricket correspondent hands out a few unofficial awards from the past seven weeks.