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The Ashes: England mocked by Australian press who compare rapid win to Covid-19 test shortage

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‘Need a rapid test? Play the Poms’: England’s Ashes flops are mocked on the front pages of Australia’s papers, who link their three-day third Test loss with the shortage of lateral flow Covid kits available Down Under

  • England have been ruthlessly mocked by the Australian press after Ashes loss
  • Joe Root’s team were beaten in just 12 days of cricket over the three Tests
  • The Daily Telegraph compared England to a rapid Covid-19 test amid a shortage
  • Other newspaper front pages hailed Scott Boland after he took six wickets 


England have been ruthlessly mocked by the Australian press following their embarrassing performance in the Ashes with the contest done and dusted in just 12 days of one-sided cricket.

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

‘Need a rapid test? Play the Poms’ gloated their front page on Wednesday after Australia wrapped up third Test victory at Melbourne by an innings and 14 runs in under three days.

The mockery of England's feeble performance in the Ashes has started in Australia with the Daily Telegraph in Sydney comparing their rapid surrender in the series to a Covid-19 test

The mockery of England’s feeble performance in the Ashes has started in Australia with the Daily Telegraph in Sydney comparing their rapid surrender in the series to a Covid-19 test

Covid tests are in short supply in Australia with queues outside chemists to get hold of them

Covid tests are in short supply in Australia with queues outside chemists to get hold of them

Piers Morgan tweeted the funny front page alongside a string of angry emojis as the dust settled on a very uncompetitive Ashes.

It comes as Australians struggle to get hold of the rapid antigen tests capable of detecting the highly infectious Omicron strain of the virus that is spreading quickly across the country.

The tests, which can be done at home in 15 minutes, aren’t free in Australia as they are in the United Kingdom. They retail at anywhere from $30 (£16) for a two pack or $50 (£27) for a five pack.

The Herald Sun hailed bowler Scott Boland after his six wickets sunk England in the third Test

The Herald Sun hailed bowler Scott Boland after his six wickets sunk England in the third Test

The Mercury celebrates Australia's Ashes win

The third Test win also featured on The Advertiser

Boland also featured prominently on the front page of the Mercury (left) and The Advertiser (right) as Australia toasted a quick-fire Ashes win over England

But increased demand for the tests ahead of the Christmas and New Year holidays has left them in short supply with the shortage potentially lasting for weeks.

The straightforward Ashes win will have lifted spirits, however, and while the knives are being sharpened for captain Joe Root and coach Chris Silverwood here in England, the Australian press were happy to poke fun.

Melbourne’s Herald Sun topped their front page with the line: ‘Rapid test result: Aussies’ Ashes triumph’.

They hailed local boy Scott Boland, who took six wickets for just seven runs in England’s second innings to warp up Australia’s win, with the headline ‘Incredibol’.

The paper also gave away two posters to commemorate the triumph, one which read: ‘The Smashes’. 

The Australian marks the Ashes win

Cricket also featured on the Herald's front cover

The Australian (left) and the Sydney Morning Herald (right) also featured front page 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

The Mercury from Tasmania hailed ‘Great Scott’ as the Ashes win dominated their front page, while his picture also featured on the front of The Advertiser and the Sydney Morning Herald.

The Courier-Mail in Brisbane had the headline ‘End this sick joke’ but that was about queues to get Covid tests rather than England’s limp performance.

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