Canberra: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Sunday congratulated the country's cricket team and skipper Michael Clarke on their 5-0 victory in the Ashes series over England. (Aussie press hails team)
"Winning the Ashes 5-0 is a historic triumph. Each of our players had the hopes of the nation on their shoulders and they performed with distinction to achieve this extraordinary victory. Australians are incredibly proud of them. To win so comprehensively after disappointment earlier last year shows tremendous character," Abbot said Sunday afternoon, reports Xinhua. (Australia whitewash England)
The prime minister said the "stunning victory" was a commendable comeback. After England won 3-0 to secure the urn for a third consecutive series in Britain last year, Australia has answered four months later with the most emphatic turnaround under the leadership of Clarke and coach Darren Lehmann.