Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

SM Katich
50(107) 7x4 - 0x6
Control %84%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 5 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
1 0 1 1 3 0 0 4
IR Bell
72(137) 10x4 - 0x6
Control %73%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 5 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 2 0 0 5 0 0 0

Best performances - Bowlers

PM Siddle
O21.0
M6
R75
W4
Eco3.57
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
SCJ Broad
O12.0
M1
R37
W5
Eco3.08
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
165dThe 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

Commentary

So that's it for our live coverage of the Ashes. But now the post-mortems begin. You can start with Andrew Miller's bulletin and make sure to check for all the stories to come out of today's play. What a series it has been. So many moments of individual brilliance, so many twists and turns, and such a close 2-1 result in the end. Now to look forward to the rematch in 2010-11! Next on the agenda is the one-day series. Join us for live coverage over the next month. It's been a great pleasure bringing you this commentary throughout the series, thanks for all the emails and feedback. On behalf of Will Luke, from me, Brydon Coverdale, it's goodbye for now.

And there's the tiny little urn on a pedestal, Strauss collects it, the champagne flies, fireworks, the lot! Scenes of jubilation at The Oval, and it's worth noting that Australia have slipped to fourth on the ICC Test rankings list, England are fifth. There's a lap of honour now, Strauss leads his men around The Oval. Well played.

Andrew Strauss: "This is a special moment for all of us. The players have had to dig pretty deep, it's been a very hard series." "When we were bad, we were very bad, and when we were good we managed to be good enough." "Freddie's been an incredible player for England, a great advert for the game of cricket and it just won't be the same without him."

Ricky Ponting: "We've given our all through the series but unfortunately it hasn't been good enough. Full credit to Andrew Strauss, he's led his side well through the series." "There's been countless opportunities for us throughout the series to put our stamp on the series and we haven't been able to do it."

"With us losing here I might even see if I can make it back here for one more go," Ponting says. Hmm, a hint of jesting there, perhaps, but I can't help feeling a grain of truth in it. Ponting to captain Australia in England in 2013? Who knows!

England's Player of the Series as nominated by Tim Nielsen is Andrew Strauss. Australia's Player of the Series as nominated by Andy Flower is Michael Clarke, marginally ahead of Ben Hilfenhaus. "Probably topped the series off, both Ricky and myself getting run out today, pretty disappointed," Clarke says. He's also congratulated Flintoff on his career. The Compton-Miller Medal now, which goes to the player who has had the biggest impact on the series, goes to Andrew Strauss.

The Man of the Match is Stuart Broad, he was the one who changed the game dramatically in one spell during the first innings. Greatest day of your career? "By far." Broad says: "No-one can replace Fred. He's been a fantastic servant to England cricket and as an up and coming allrounder it's been fantastic to play with him."

Right, the England players are out in the middle now, the presentations can't be far away. Graham Onions, twelfth man, has a bottle of champagne. Talk about running the drinks! There's a gigantic England flag now covering one end of the ground, my word that's a large flag! Here's the presentations, and there's two platters, yes silver platters, of medals on the table in front of a vast array of officials.

The England players mob each other, enormous celebrations as they've regained the Ashes after losing 5-0 in Australia in 2006-07. Andrew Flintoff went straight to Hussey to give him a handshake, then a big hug between Freddie and Harmison. Centurion on debut Trott has collected a stump, Flintoff has one. Here come the Australians to shake hands. Ricky Ponting cuts a forlorn figure with his cut lip as he leads his men out having guided Australia on two unsuccessful Ashes tours, but it's congratulations all round for England, they've won 2-1. Flintoff leads England off with a stump in hand, leads them up the race to healthy applause. There's Kevin Pietersen in the dressing rooms, the whole England squad looks to be there, they've all played a part. The Australians are still standing out on the field, waiting for the presentations.

102.2
W
Swann to Hussey, OUT, England have won the Ashes! Hussey prods to short leg and that's it. It's all over!
102.1
0
Swann to Hussey, no run, shortish and Hussey prods to off

It's Swann to continue

END OF OVER:
102 | 5 Runs | AUS: 348/9

  • BW Hilfenhaus4 (8b)
  • MEK Hussey121 (261b)
  • SJ Harmison16-5-54-3
  • GP Swann40-8-120-3

Does Strauss have a sense of theatre? Why not throw the ball to Flintoff, see if he can finish things off.

101.6
0
Harmison to Hilfenhaus, no run, punched to cover again
101.5
0
Harmison to Hilfenhaus, no run, short and wide, left alone
101.4
4
Harmison to Hilfenhaus, FOUR runs, well done Hilfenhaus, just keeps his head and pushes it through the big gap at mid off, gets a boundary for his efforts
101.4
1nb
Harmison to Hilfenhaus, 1 no ball, angled in to Hilfenhaus, he blocks

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

SM Katich
50(107) 7x4 - 0x6
Control %84%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 5 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
1 0 1 1 3 0 0 4
IR Bell
72(137) 10x4 - 0x6
Control %73%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 5 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 2 0 0 5 0 0 0

Best performances - Bowlers

PM Siddle
O21.0
M6
R75
W4
Eco3.57
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
SCJ Broad
O12.0
M1
R37
W5
Eco3.08
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF