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Day 4

737dThe Bulletin by Andrew Miller at The Oval

Flintoff's fling inspires England Ashes glory

England have regained the Ashes with a crushing 197-run victory amid jubilant scenes at The Oval. Steve Harmison went through the lower order with three wickets, including the scalps of Peter Sid

337dCricinfo staff

'Everybody misread the wicket' - Hilditch

Australia's chairman of selectors, has said that Australia lost The Oval Test and subsequently the Ashes because all parties involved completely misread the pitch

337dCricinfo staff

Australia admit Hauritz error

Ricky Ponting and Tim Nielsen, the coach, have admitted they got Australia's XI wrong and should have picked the offspinner Nathan Hauritz for The Oval

337dPeter English at The Oval

How two run-outs turned the day

He scored few runs, took one wicket but Andrew Flintoff still put England on course for the Ashes with a rocket-like throw to remove the Australian captain

337dPeter English at The Oval

Hussey breaks out of his rut

Ricky Ponting knew from the moment he spotted Michael Hussey on the final morning he was in the mood to break out of an extended form slump

337dAlex Brown at The Oval

A captain strives, but fails

If there are to be calls for Ponting's head, they should be ignored. He remains the best man to lead the Australian team

337dAndrew Miller

Strauss's finest hour

He took over with England in turmoil, but in eight months has forged a team that has regained the Ashes. For Andrew Strauss there can be no praise high enough

337dAndrew Miller at The Oval

Menacing Harmison kills off Australia

Harmison's second stint was the money shot, as he filleted Australia's tail with three breakthroughs in 13 balls but his first stint made the difference

337dAlex Brown at The Oval

Hurt Ponting may return to England

So acute is the pain of a second Ashes defeat that Ricky Ponting, the Australian captain, has declared himself amenable to the idea of a fifth tour of England in 2013

Day 3

337dThe Bulletin by Andrew Miller at The Oval

Trott buries Australia with debut ton

Jonathan Trott produced a debut hundred of the highest class to set Australia a huge 546 for victory, but they aren't about to give up without a fight

337dPeter English at The Oval

Bloodied and nearly beaten

For most of Ricky Ponting's life a tour of England was the highlight for an Australian player. The experience has not been as enjoyable under his leadership

337dAlex Brown at The Oval

Trott destroys Australian hopes

What had been billed a farewell bash for Andrew Flintoff became a debutant ball for Jonathan Trott

337dAndrew Miller at The Oval

Is there cause for English pessimism?

Six sessions remain in which the destination of the Ashes will be decided, and England must surely believe that the litany of surprises that have been strung out across this summer have finally run their course

337dPeter English at The Oval

Pitch hasn't changed - North

Despite the team management discussing how bare the surface was in the lead-up, the selectors relied on four fast bowlers instead of calling on Nathan Hauritz's offspin

Day 2

337dThe Bulletin by Andrew Miller at The Oval

Broad and Swann give England control

Stuart Broad produced a bowling performance to rival that of Andrew Flintoff at Lord's as Australia felt their grip on the Ashes being prised away, finger by finger, on a sensational second day at The Oval

337dAndrew Miller at The Oval

Australia's heads left spinning

Australia tried to talk a good game after their second-day collapse, but even their confidence seemed to have a hit as they face a massive challenge to retain the Ashes

337dPeter English at The Oval

Broad reaches hero status

Stuart Broad's five wickets after lunch gave England a chance to regain the Ashes, helping him join an impressive list of England allrounders who have floored Australia in their favourite contest

337dAlex Brown at The Oval

Pitch causes a dust storm

There's nothing quite like a pitch imbroglio to stir the passions, and even moreso when that strip is playing host to an Ashes decider

337dAlex Brown at The Oval

Whither Michael Hussey?

The latest duck for Australia's No. 4 has raised further questions over his future in the team

337dCricinfo staff

ECB quiet on Flintoff surgery report

The ECB has refused to comment on a newspaper report that Andrew Flintoff will undergo major knee surgery straight after the final Ashes Test and be out of action until next season

337dPeter English at The Oval

Strauss on song, Ponting not

Australia's openers stood firm during a torrid 20.2-over session on the second morning at The Oval, employing luck and skill in equal measures to chisel their way to 61 for 0

Day 1

337dAndrew Miller at The Oval

Bell rediscovers his ugly side

Ian Bell and Churchillian rhetoric do not tend to belong in the same sentence - in fact, chinchillian would be an adjective more befitting of such a mousy character - but his 72 provided much needed evidence of a batsman willing to tough it out

337dPeter English at The Oval

Bell optimistic on dusty pitch

An unfamiliar and subcontinent-style pitch has revived England's hopes of capturing the Ashes despite the hosts falling away after a useful start to the deciding Ashes Test

337dPeter English at The Oval

Trott stays calm during pressure debut

He's not the new Kevin Pietersen, but Jonathan Trott had good reason to feel like his fellow South African-raised, England batsman

337dAlex Brown at The Oval

Lacklustre bowling succeeds against muddle-headed batting

Mitchell Johnson, Ben Hilfenhaus and Stuart Clark all struggled at various junctures and, if not for a succession of muddle-headed strokes, Australia might have faced a more treacherous path over the coming four days

337dAlex Brown at The Oval

Perseverance in Siddle pays off

Mitchell Johnson, Ben Hilfenhaus and Stuart Clark all struggled at various junctures and, if not for a succession of muddle-headed strokes, Australia might have faced a more treacherous path over the coming four days


337dCricinfo staff

Australia fall to No. 4 in Test rankings

Australia's 2-1 Ashes defeat, which culminated in a heavy 197-run loss at The Oval on Sunday, has cost them their No.1 spot in the ICC Test rankings

337dPeter English

Australia must face harsh reality

Ricky Ponting regularly says Australia play at their best when their backs are to the wall. It's not true with this side

337dAlex Brown at The Oval

'This is just a stepping stone' - Strauss

Andrew Strauss insists England have learned from their post-2005 mistakes and will use their stunning Ashes victory as a springboard to higher honours

360dAndrew Miller at The Oval

Calm Trott returns to scene of finest hour

It is a year to the week since Jonathan Trott made his Test debut in the Ashes decider at The Oval, and after a year of highs and lows that would have tested the mettle of any cricketer, he is back at the scene of his finest hour

337dCricinfo staff

Cox owns up to selection blunder

Jamie Cox, the on-duty selector at The Oval, has taken responsibility for Australia not playing Nathan Hauritz

337dPeter English

Nielsen wonders where it all went wrong

Tim Nielsen, the Australia coach, has begun the soul-searching after his side's Ashes defeat, wondering what he could have done differently

337dAlex Brown

'Shattered' Hussey determined for comeback

Michael Hussey hopes his career-saving century at The Oval will have a similarly revitalising effect as Matthew Hayden's corresponding innings four years ago

400dPhilip Brown

Strauss' Ashes ecstasy, framed

I've decided to jump on the Andrew Strauss bandwagon. He retired from all professional cricket just last week

337dPrakash Gosavi

Punters stake $70 million on Oval Test

Informed estimates suggest that punters around the world may have stakedwell over US$70 million on the result of the Oval Test - and thus the series -beginning today

337dAndrew Miller at The Oval

Ponting piles pressure onto Trott

Australia's captain, Ricky Ponting, has accused England of showing 'a bit of desperation' in their selection of an uncapped batsman, Jonathan Trott, for this week's Ashes decider

337dAndrew McGlashan

The one game that matters - Anderson

James Anderson is ready to put the Headingley nightmare behind him as he prepares for the match that will decide the Ashes series

Australia 4th innings Partnerships

1st86SM KatichSR Watson
2nd4RT PontingSR Watson
3rd127RT PontingMEK Hussey
4th3MEK HusseyMJ Clarke
5th16MEK HusseyMJ North
6th91MEK HusseyBJ Haddin
7th0MEK HusseyMG Johnson
8th16MEK HusseyPM Siddle
9th0MEK HusseySR Clark
10th5MEK HusseyBW Hilfenhaus