Australia v England, 5th Test, Sydney, 5th day January 7, 2011

England complete crushing Ashes victory

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England 644 (Cook 189, Prior 118, Bell 115) beat Australia 280 (Johnson 53, Anderson 4-66) and 281 (Smith 54*, Anderson 3-61, Tremlett 3-79) by an innings and 83 runs
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England ended 24 years of hurt in crushing style at the SCG as they secured an innings-and-83-run victory to take the Ashes series 3-1. The crowning moment came shortly before noon when Chris Tremlett found Michael Beer's inside edge to bowl him leg stump. It was the first time in their history that Australia have suffered three innings defeats in a series and left nobody in any doubt where the balance of power now lies.

The England players immediately embraced at the striker's end and savoured their moment in a tight team huddle. This has been a victory fashioned by exemplary planning and hard work where no stone has been left unturned. The defeat in Perth, by 267 runs, which levelled the series for Australia, only inspired the visitors to hit new heights and they proceeded to crush the hosts in Melbourne and Sydney.

England were frustrated for a while as showers scudded across the ground to cause a 45-minute suspension and then by an 86-run stand between Steve Smith and Peter Siddle. However, Graeme Swann broke through shortly before the new ball and a short time later Tremlett removed the last obstacle.

Smith and Siddle at least showed some fight as they came out and played their shots. Siddle's batting improvement since his return from injury is one of few bonuses to emerge from a terrible series for the hosts, and it highlights their problems that his run-scoring record is not far off that of Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke.

The England bowlers couldn't quite recapture the intensity of the fourth evening when they claimed the extra half hour to try and wrap up victory. Tremlett appeared a little down on pace after his roaring burst the previous day, but England knew all they had to do was remain patient and their moment would arrive.

Swann had bowled well in the innings without reward so when he had Siddle taken at deep midwicket it was deserved success for giving Andrew Strauss control at vital stages. That was Swann's final bowl, though, as the new ball was taken straight away and Anderson, who will head home for ten days' rest, found Ben Hilfenhaus' edge to give the impressive Matt Prior another catch.

By now the Barmy Army were in full voice. Smith had time to bash his way to a second Test fifty, but he knew the end was close as he swung from the hip. A single exposed Beer to three balls of Tremlett's over and he only needed one delivery. England will party the day and night away in Sydney, yet knowing the focus of Strauss and Andy Flower they will soon be back preparing for the next challenge. Next stop: the best team in the world.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • on January 10, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    Found it very strange and ironic that the guy who predited a 5-0 whitewash in favour of Australia ( Glenn McGrath ) was invited to make the presentation. Somebody should have asked him his views after three humiliating defeats.

  • rameshv60 on January 10, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    England "Bell" "cooked" their innings, while Australia reduced to ashes and lost!

  • on January 9, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    At last Australia got what it deserve

  • on January 8, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    The West Indies must beat somebody Who will it be ???

  • rambadi on January 8, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    It's about damn time this happened. England not only beat Australia in Australia, but all three of their victories were innings victories. That effectively translates, not to beating but, humiliating Australia. I assume now that it is safe to say that Australia's dominance in Cricket has come to an end. All of Australia will perhaps blame Ponting for this mess, but with no McGrath, no Lee, no Gilchrist, no Warne, and no Langer, I'm not so sure Ponting is to blame.

    Australia effectively, please excuse me for the word, "sucks" now in both ODI and Test Cricket. They are okay in T-20. And if this is going to be the long-term state of affairs in the large country with a tiny population, it will be interesting to see who our next dominant cricket team is. My best guess is Sri Lanka, India or England. South Africa is good, but they have never been THE dominant team and I doubt they will be in the near future.

    At any rate, great job on the part of England for hammering Australia.

  • 2.14istherunrate on January 8, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    Colville coyly called it the 'austerity' presentation. I think we knew what he meant.

  • wiggz_s90 on January 8, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    England are good, but India on their own turf...makes beating the Aussies look like a park match

  • bmanban on January 8, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    Its all about the rise and rise of England. Australia is my favourite team but it had overstayed at the top and the simple reality is that give us something new and deep, like the Flower factor in England. You are still a good side but games are one on the field not through history, records and home advantage.

  • on January 8, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    Well done England. You thrashed us fair and square. However I'd like to raise the issue of the pitches. Whereever Australia travels the local pitches are made to assist the local grounds. That's fair enough and basically applies to most other countries except Australia. Here we trot out a pitch which supplies no demons to the opposition. Think back to the Perth Test. A good lively but playable surface which sent the English packing quick smart. If we had similar pitches for the final two matches it would have made the games more attractive and allowed Australia a better chance of competing with England. I'm not saying we would have won but the games would have been more competitive. The Australian cricket hierarchy should be the leaders in urging groundsmen to not keep putting up flattish tracks.

  • on January 8, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    Brett Lee.........where are you????????

  • on January 10, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    Found it very strange and ironic that the guy who predited a 5-0 whitewash in favour of Australia ( Glenn McGrath ) was invited to make the presentation. Somebody should have asked him his views after three humiliating defeats.

  • rameshv60 on January 10, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    England "Bell" "cooked" their innings, while Australia reduced to ashes and lost!

  • on January 9, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    At last Australia got what it deserve

  • on January 8, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    The West Indies must beat somebody Who will it be ???

  • rambadi on January 8, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    It's about damn time this happened. England not only beat Australia in Australia, but all three of their victories were innings victories. That effectively translates, not to beating but, humiliating Australia. I assume now that it is safe to say that Australia's dominance in Cricket has come to an end. All of Australia will perhaps blame Ponting for this mess, but with no McGrath, no Lee, no Gilchrist, no Warne, and no Langer, I'm not so sure Ponting is to blame.

    Australia effectively, please excuse me for the word, "sucks" now in both ODI and Test Cricket. They are okay in T-20. And if this is going to be the long-term state of affairs in the large country with a tiny population, it will be interesting to see who our next dominant cricket team is. My best guess is Sri Lanka, India or England. South Africa is good, but they have never been THE dominant team and I doubt they will be in the near future.

    At any rate, great job on the part of England for hammering Australia.

  • 2.14istherunrate on January 8, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    Colville coyly called it the 'austerity' presentation. I think we knew what he meant.

  • wiggz_s90 on January 8, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    England are good, but India on their own turf...makes beating the Aussies look like a park match

  • bmanban on January 8, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    Its all about the rise and rise of England. Australia is my favourite team but it had overstayed at the top and the simple reality is that give us something new and deep, like the Flower factor in England. You are still a good side but games are one on the field not through history, records and home advantage.

  • on January 8, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    Well done England. You thrashed us fair and square. However I'd like to raise the issue of the pitches. Whereever Australia travels the local pitches are made to assist the local grounds. That's fair enough and basically applies to most other countries except Australia. Here we trot out a pitch which supplies no demons to the opposition. Think back to the Perth Test. A good lively but playable surface which sent the English packing quick smart. If we had similar pitches for the final two matches it would have made the games more attractive and allowed Australia a better chance of competing with England. I'm not saying we would have won but the games would have been more competitive. The Australian cricket hierarchy should be the leaders in urging groundsmen to not keep putting up flattish tracks.

  • on January 8, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    Brett Lee.........where are you????????

  • khokonctg on January 8, 2011, 3:52 GMT

    3 innings defeat for Australia @ their own backyard?!? OMG!!!! Australia should learn from Bangladesh about how to play at home. England could not force innings defeat when they played last time in Bangladesh. Neither did India...

  • FTB93 on January 8, 2011, 3:05 GMT

    So Australia's "empire is over", apparently if you lose for the first time in 24 years its all over. The law of averages said England must win sometime.

  • on January 8, 2011, 2:35 GMT

    "Next stop: the best team in the world" - what about the series against Sri Lanka? That's likely to be more testing than this one was.

  • on January 8, 2011, 1:53 GMT

    I never thought I would see the day England crush Australia in their backyard.The fear opf the green baggies has gone for now. Cricket in the main is a mind game. Please England, when you visit the Aussies again do not be afraid. Go out there and play cricket for 5 days. When you are confident and consistent you can baffle and confuse the enemy. Ponting bore testament to this. His team was shell shocked. Do not loose the momentum.

  • jazzmaster on January 8, 2011, 0:35 GMT

    Australia have been given a huge wakeup call and hopefully there will be a cleanout at the top to rid CA and the team of its complacency. Bring in fresh thinkers, experienced coaches who have played at elite level and a new hunger to dominate. It will take 3-4 years but a much better team will rise out of the Ashes.

  • hyclass on January 8, 2011, 0:33 GMT

    Two years ago, following the 2009 Ashes loss, the same rhetoric was rolled out." It was cyclical, they needed to do better, they were rebuilding, they had played well, but not at crucial moments, they should keep this playing group together, they vowed to play better and win back the Ashes next time". Noone was accountable. The first test side in 2010 was virtually identical. Who would believe that a highly paid professional sport like cricket would allow this to continue for so long. Then, Ponting had been out of form for 2 years, now, 4 years. Then Watson could only make scores of 30-50, familiar?. Then, Clarke was still edging length balls outside off. Australia is 5th in test rankings for a damned good reason. Every nation above it moved forward in an accountable fashion. England learned and applied its lessons. It demonstrated tactical nous, intelligent selection and dogged determination. Australia were polar opposites. Only in collecting their paychecks was there a similarity.

  • Rushikey on January 7, 2011, 21:38 GMT

    "Nice ending line Next stop: the best team in the world" The Indian test series in their backyard

  • Chapelau on January 7, 2011, 19:04 GMT

    @svalson - spot on - we should not write the Aussies off... cant see them sinking any lower than 5th and they will rebuild soon enough. Also, when India play England at end of July, they will have had 11 days from the end of the last WI test until the 1st test at Lords and will possibly (by then) be facing the world No.2 fresh from beating SL.... food for thought? If India have a poor tour of WI, then the no.1 spot is being played for this summer.

  • tjsimonsen on January 7, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    Absolutely outstanding by England. No I'm looking forward to next summer's ENG-IND series - MUST try and get a ticket for Lords 2nd or 3rd day.

  • Truth_Seeker on January 7, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    Congrats Team England. It was truly deserving win for you all.

    Well i personally feel the credit goes to the big man "Andy Flower" his presence has benefited them in all aspects of cricketing world.

  • Flac on January 7, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    Just been looking at the ICC ratings with England No 3. No problems with that. However, worth noting - if I am correct - that England is the only team with six batsmen in the top 30, and the only team with four bowlers in he top 20.

  • 2.14istherunrate on January 7, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    The end of the Evil Empire.....is there anything one can say after 24 years? Three wins by an innings and enough is fantastic. I would love to see a list of all the records broken by us in this series. For future reference if anyone is interested there is still 903 dec and a win by 675 runs to beat. Not that I am not satisfied at this point but one just gets a taste for it. After all we were under the yoke for a long time. And if one needs reminding then consider the Perth result. They are not a bad side. We are just a very good side. Congratualtions, England!!!!

  • on January 7, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    England could beat Australia because they are no more at their dominating best...but India can beat England on any day and at any given time of the day even if they got their best team

  • sugumarrising on January 7, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    I have been hearing comments from former players in the last 3 years, whenever australia lose a series they say "we are through transitional phase", but 3 years of these transition phase is too much an excuse for their loss, i think cricket is a game played with 11 players not 4 players (warne,mcgrath,gilchrist,hayden) whenever they loose they use these great players name for excuse, guys you have to move forward bcoz these legends are not going play cricket for 50 yrs, their will be end and they retired, if the westindies say like these they even have a great proof of how dominant their team is they haven't lost a test series for 15 years, they aren't speaking about past glory, you should look at present, england is far ahead of australia so they won the series, aussies please be gracious in accepting your defeat, australia is still a good team but india,southafrica,england are playing great cricket thats the difference, its time for change in world cricket order, india will dominate.

  • anant_baderdinni on January 7, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    The name ashes was given to this series because of the obituary on English cricket in 1882 when they lost at home. Since then it is in a sense England team's quest to either hold on to their own ashes as win it back from Australia. This win of England over Australia may have changed the meaning of ashes other way. For the first time England is taking ashes of Australia's cricket back home!

  • kamol033 on January 7, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    Congratulation England cricket team......It's fantastic performance...

  • 5wombats on January 7, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    @Rooboy; goodonyer Rooboy! You and me had a couple of scuffles about the forthcoming Ashes back in August remember - ? Yep - despite the name I am English. Good for you for getting up and saying well played England - we appreciate it! God knows we had to wait long enough...... Thanks guy!

  • on January 7, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    I lv England cricket team....

  • joshmon on January 7, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    whatever Mr. CHAPELL said before the series has turned upside down. 1. the aussies have a better bowling -- Aus 56 wkts, England 91 wkts. Aus could only take 20 wickets once in the entire series. 2. A masterpiece from ponting -- he hardly made a grand total of 100 runs in 8 inn 3.Cooks poor form and technical problems -- 766 runs in 7 innings. Mr. CHAPELL has been advicing many people to retire. I have one advice pls retire from commenting

  • cbsenanayake on January 7, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    Aussies empire is over now . This is the time to new leader's of World cricket like India,South Africa,Sri Lanka & England.

    Hip Hip Hip Hip Hooooooray.........!

  • Rajiv_Singhi on January 7, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    Good to see Australians got decimated. They became haughty over the years. Pointing commented in 2007 at the World cup win that other teams will have to improve the games, else the difference will get magnified. Now, the difference is magnifying as Australians are loosing with big margins.

  • cricketdebator on January 7, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    Congrats England. Great job, winning the series as convincing as you have done. Your success is just reward for a team that has played exceptionally good cricket over the past year in particur. Keep it up. Your series against India this summer is eagerly awaited.

  • At..... on January 7, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    Well well well!!! Finally the moment comes when Englishmens have their heaven in Australia. Well played England. But the real fact was that it was one sided series. It was shameful to say that it was Ashes( from Aussie side). But really England outplayed Australia. Especially the bowling of England was pretty good & from batting who will dare to forget Alister Cook, who really 'cooked' Aussie side in their home. It is very shameful to Punter & Pup, who being as captain & vice captain missed their track completely. CA should take serious action in respect of this which would be otherwise with WC 2011. Congratulation to England team again.

  • on January 7, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    evryone feels kings r ahead of evry1 bt aces r ahead of kings

  • Cricketencyclopedia on January 7, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    I am a West Indian fan & I must say that I supported England during the ashes series & I'll continue supporting England in the T20 & one day series against Australia. Before the England team arrived in Australia, I never had any doubt that the team will beat the Australians in their backyard & retain the ashes. What an impressive performance by the England team, the coaching staff & the management staff. I have absolutely no doubt that England will become the no. 1 team in the world soon.

  • NumptyatCricket on January 7, 2011, 13:21 GMT

    Well done to England but they must now be ruthless if they want to stay on top. Australia have slipped up due to poor planning and extending the careers of players who were past their sell-by date, this resulted in them having to resort to wholesale change - picking players who were not ready. The end of Paul Collingwood is a case in point; no one can deny what a good player Collingwood has been but if he hadn't stepped down freely, he would have to have been dropped. Stuart Broad too will have to justify his inclusion when fit again. Pietersen too must improve and learn to contain his ego, getting out in the way he did here could have been disastrous if the opponents had been India or SA. If England what to be the best they must kick on and not rest on their laurels - we all remember 2005. Well done to all the players and support staff!

  • on January 7, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    Congratulations to England Team. They've played really well. More than 3-1. I think it should have been 4-1. Cause 3-1 is not justified. Splendid batting, bowling performance by English guys.

  • Ed_W on January 7, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    Impossible to see where Australia go from here.

    Irony was that from the late 80s up until 2005, English cricket constantly blamed itself for Ashes Failures (England only properly dominated 1 test v Australia from 1989 - 2005). County Cricket wasn't producing players, the Australian system was best, etc. etc.

    Now, England have at their disposal an incredibly strong attack. Swann as spinner - with skills learned in over 10yrs in the county game before debut, with Panesar, Tredwell and Rashid as backup. Seamers like Broad, Anderson, Finn, Tremlett, Bresnan, Woakes, Shazad. All churned off the county system.

    Guess it shows that cricket and quality goes in cycles - not on the system you have. No good having the best system in the world without natural talent.

  • HerbertAnchovy on January 7, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    England surpassed all expectations. To think I was worried that Anderson, Cook, Bell and Bresnan would struggle! Australia are in a right pickle and of their young players only Usman seems to have any potential. What the hell was Smith doing in the team? Having seen England on the receiving end for 8 consequative ashes series between 1989 and 2003, plus 2006/07, I have some sympathies for their plight. Saying that, it would be nice if they could go 18 years without an ashes win!

  • on January 7, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    england is gettinga very strong side in the world. hope they will replace India in the rank 1. now only 4 teams in the world is same as great india, srilanka, southafrica, england...

  • on January 7, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    yes!!! people from down-under are being buried "down" and "under"

  • on January 7, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    What can I say? 3 innings victories in one series against the old enemy in their own backyard? Can I comment anything further? Is their anything left to say? Amazing!

  • on January 7, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    yahooooooooo....ENGLAND grabed ashes in australia after 2 decades

  • on January 7, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    this series clearly shows dat who is the real champion....

  • on January 7, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    truly amazing - i think most of us were hoping that this would be england's time to defeat australia on their home turf, but a 3-1 margin was definitely not expected. hats off to the poms for playing some amazing cricket!

  • on January 7, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    well done England and it is right time for Captain Ponting to set him a side and give the younger to hod the Australian hope for future . England side is now one of the best in the world and they are also one of the contander of world cup, bcz it is very balance side, in all farm of cricket, they have potential, good batting and bowling players, which can upset any team, I think Australian side need a total over hall and also need a top management change. I know it is a fighting side and it can come back any time bcz they have some best players of the world.

  • Domzo on January 7, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    "this is a an example of england caring about the ashes so much, aus are kinda over it. "

    I suppose they're over being beaten in 6 games out of 9 in their three most recent series against India, Pakistan and England too.

  • babowls on January 7, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    Bell's hundred bells out Aussies!

  • on January 7, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    Congrats to England, they smashed us clinically.

    Don't expect more of the same in 2 1/2 years time though! :)

  • on January 7, 2011, 10:38 GMT

    England ! Muaah . Love It . Aussies are Over Confident about each thing .

  • on January 7, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    Well Played England... 3-1 damn good :)

  • danieru on January 7, 2011, 9:15 GMT

    Part of me never thought I'd live to see England win in Aus - let alone so convincingly. Superb! Can't wait for England v India in the summer!

  • Ponmuhil on January 7, 2011, 9:15 GMT

    Congrats to the English team! Well done guys .. a very deserving series victory .. It is the end of an era of australian dominance .. a huge moment to cherish!

  • on January 7, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    Shocking display by Australia

  • on January 7, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    England trumps the ashes 2010 in style

  • Nerk on January 7, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    As an Aussie I would like to say well done to England. They really played well, they outbowled, outbatted and outclassed Australia. They deserved to win 3-1. It has been a bitter pill to swallow, but sometimes it takes a thrashing to wake you up. The trashings of the 80s set us up for the dominance of the 90s and 2000s, and hopefully the thrashing of this series wakes us up, and we start to get the right people into admin, coaching, selections and the team itself so we can start to rebuild. @bhanumech - wonderful comment, the sort of stuff this site could use more of. Oh, and @ thebarmyarmy - just wait till 2013!

  • svalson on January 7, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    Great Year for England. Well done. Don't write off Australia yet, they are still a very good team.

  • Aftabkhan24 on January 7, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    Well done England u guys are amazing...Thumbs Up guys

  • on January 7, 2011, 7:40 GMT

    eng showed aussies thier place bravo!

  • dsig3 on January 7, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    Well done England! You beat us in every facet of the game. Batting, bowling, captaincy, selection, coaching and management. Its especially pleasing because England support test cricket like no other nation including Aus. You have been through many lows but you always supported the game. I guess its time to start reaping your rewards.

  • Kirstenfan on January 7, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    Swann over-rated and weak link in England team, well done to Tremlett and Bresnan especially, will be interesting to see England's attack at home this year if Broad (also highly over-rated) is fit - hope they stick with Tremlett who should never have been dropped after he did well against India in 2007!

  • on January 7, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    don't think England is better than SA, India or Srilanka. Beating an inexperienced Australian team isn't the proof that England will beat SA, India and Srilanka in their home turf !! England is a reasonable team with few quality player who can perform in a suited condition.

  • suresh_sksj on January 7, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    Hi 5 to Eng..congrats....Barmy Army...Barmy Army..... guess the guys on the top at ACB don't understand one thing....survival of the fittest...like the herd of cows that keep getting stronger whenever the weakest of them gets killed by the lions, and over a period of time the lions cant hunt anymore as no week cows are left...so in the same way the other teams have got stronger over the period and Ausies like the week lions have lost the skill to hunt as their strong hunters have retired...also a succession plan was never introduced in the early 2000, how to replace old and aging lions...selection of natural species..don't understand why people can't take simple tips from Darwin's theories...like the WI exited the cricket arena in past 15+ yrs, i assume Ausies may follow....it's not how good you are it's how good the other teams are getting...hope the ACB top guys learns ASAP..living on past glories and loosing retired guys...the exact mix for future faliures..is just utter foolishnes

  • on January 7, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    Well Done England! A fantastic achievement! One must feel for the Aussies but maybe it's team change time? Who knows? But one thing that got under my skin watching here on TV, in South Africa, was how all the Aussie commentators quickly turned negative when things were going wrong for their team. Eg. Bell's 'dismissal' in the last test. The technology had mostly been great for these guys until then....... Suddenly the technology was flawed and should be reviewed...... Come on guys, wake up! Either you believe it and use it or you don't. Talk about whinging poms - the Aussie commentators have learnt well and improved on it!

  • on January 7, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    a true team performance by england...anderson,tremlett and bresnan were amazing in the whole series with swann also doing well in spin department...batsmen were awesomest specially cook..strauss and cook always provided the perfect start for england..overall a perfect english team who thrashed australia and end their dominance in test cricket..they put the last nail in the coffin...

  • BlorScouser on January 7, 2011, 7:03 GMT

    Superb performance by England. Australia have a lot of work ahead and the team has to go through an overhaul. It is going to be a long re-building phase, and it must start with a change in leadership. England on the other hand are looking good to challenge the likes of india and south africa for the number one spot in test cricket.

  • sunny111 on January 7, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    great series....wait not this one SA vs Ind!!!that was test cricket at its best....

  • Rooboy on January 7, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    Well played England. Just too good. I thought Australia would win 2-1, although wouldn't have been totally surprised if Aus lost a close series, but to lose in the manner they did ... never saw that coming. It's all a bit hard to for me to comprehend at the moment. I mean, looking at the score cards, they're not that dissimilar to some Ashes contests over the previous 2 decades ... but the team names have been reversed. I'm sure I'll wake up soon and realise this was all just a horrible, horrible dream ...

  • Ghazanfarr on January 7, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    At last England has won by 3-1 in Ashes its a huge Triumph of England against Australia.its a team efforts and as for as captain leading. England bating and bowling have been now wonderfully improved.So, England people enjoy this success. and Australia would have to out of their past. i think they still live in past Achievement. and alos forget that now they have no Shane warne , Mc Grath and Gilchrist. the Australian players have also seemed to much proud.

  • on January 7, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    great to see england win the ashes. Love to see a test series between England & India. Go England .... Go India :)

  • on January 7, 2011, 6:29 GMT

    well done england!!!!!!!!!!u deserve to be the champions of cricket.khotu also wants this

  • on January 7, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    I hape i can see the last of Aussi empire!

  • voma on January 7, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    This England team has been superb , they have simply blown away Auatralia in every aspect of the game . Ability wise were pretty close to where we want to be , apart from the magnificent Paul collingwood retiring and letting eoin morgan take his place . Cant honestly see any changes needed to our batting line up , and as for our bowling ? . We have got so much talent there , erm Anderson , broad , tremlett , finn and lets not forget bresnan ( who has been a real class act ) . Oh yeah and i forgot , the best off spinner in world cricket ! . Australia have been crushed on there own turf . RESPECT

  • on January 7, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    Fantastic stuff by England!! The way they wiped the floor with the Aussies was just brilliant to watch. I've been waking up at 4:30 in India to watch these matches... just fantastic stuff!

  • Gloryof96 on January 7, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    Well done to Eng and lets be honest, anyone other than an Aussie expected this result and nothing else.

    The downfall of the Aussies didnt start with this ashes. SA beat them at home to hand their first home series defeat after so many years couple of years ago but the Aussies stood tall and won the world cup later. However I cant see that ever repeating!!!

    Also this is an ICC mid table clash and this doesnt make Eng anything yet but a path to something if they can deliver!!

    Chappell had to say something when he said Eng bowling attack is the best tin the world o save face of his beloved Aussi team that can be beaten even by Bangladesh today.

    Aftermath of this series and where it leaves CA would be very iinterestiing and which heads will roll!!!

  • on January 7, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    Awesome cricket From England,, They deserved this series win...As Unit they played Magnificently.. Cook and Bowling unit more special throughout the series. All the Best England for the World Cup...

  • on January 7, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    I must say it is one of the best england's team combination in decades... the way their batsmen are scoring runs and their bowlers having done a perfect justice to their role, no one can stop them if it continues like this.... winning 3-1 against aussies in australia with all the 3 wins being innings defeat is just amazing.... if you notice, england has a strong bench strenght as well.... they could afford having someone as dangerous as Morgen, broad in bench... way to go england, i would like to see India winning WC 2011, if not it should be england.....

  • on January 7, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    Well done England next No 1 Test. I was following cricket for 18 years now and i have never seen Australia get defeated by AN innings in three matches like this. I heard some commentator say if England is that good they would have won the series comprehensively before the 5th test match. Well THEY DID because england did already beat Australia by an innings twice before they came to fifth test. That is good enough to prove that England is way better than Australia.

  • lgnandan on January 7, 2011, 5:49 GMT

    Era of Australia is over!!!

  • Hifni on January 7, 2011, 5:49 GMT

    England won by innings margin thrice in a 5 match test series! Is that a record? I reckon Steven could answer this in his "Ask Steven" coloumn.

  • on January 7, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    We should have figured that out when England scored 517/1 . This is the best team England has ever produced.

  • nataraajds on January 7, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    Beating Aus in Aus is great and that too in Ashes is greatest. English team is having a dreem run & .doing extreemly well under Struss. Congrats to English team for winning Ashes in Australia. if Aus loose worldcup then the cycle is completed and they are down to earth from Heven.

  • Faizan-Ul-Haq-Fareedi on January 7, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    Congratulations!!! TO England.. Go Ahead.. Great Work in every Field.. !!!

  • Lakruwan87 on January 7, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    It's fantastic effort by English side, this is the one of most exciting moment of English cricket. Congratulations................

  • Pankaj_Goel on January 7, 2011, 5:32 GMT

    And all three wins feature an inning defeat.....great show by England...

  • on January 7, 2011, 5:30 GMT

    SUPERB EFFORT BY ENGLAND.WHAT AN ASHES SERIES IT WAS.

  • phermon on January 7, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    Cook scored 766 from 7 innings at an average of over 127.66. Hammond scored 905 from 9 innings at an average of 113.21. How glad Australia must be that they didn't have to bowl at him for another 10 hours given he batted for over five hours per innings. But the question lingers - did Cook outdo the famous Wally?

  • shri619 on January 7, 2011, 5:21 GMT

    wake up call for aus selectors.......!

  • on January 7, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    When your No.3 and No.4 batsmen do not score runs on a series no matter how the team bowl or restrict the opposition you are going to lose. The great example is the current Australia team and series!!!

  • MisterE84 on January 7, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    Does anyone else feel that Jimmy Anderson is a little hard done by not to pick up Man of the Series? Maybe I am biased being a bowler myself, but I feel as if while the whole team has played well, he's been the most consistent 'matchwinner' in this series. Seems whenever Strauss brought him back on he picked up a wicket. He haad 24 wickets for the series, clearly the most, and I feel bowled without luck at times (esp. Gabba) and could have had 28-30 wickets. And I think u will find at lot of these are the Aussie top 7 rather than getting cheap ones against the tail .

    No discredit to Alistair Cook here - his stats. and concentration are mighty impressive. But Anderson dominated throughout and his BB as a 4-for only just shows his consistency. Cook had one poor game and 4 great ones - but Anderson got wickets in every test. Our batsmen never looked comfortable against him he had too many tricks. For this reason, I think he deserved to be Man of the Series. Im an Aussie fan btw

  • Mitcher on January 7, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    Well done England (Oh man that hurts to say!). Honestly though, they came with a plan and stuck to it almost without failure. Thoroughly complete performance and deserved success. For Australia, time to forget about the dominant early-2000s and remember what set us on the path to success in the late-80s and early-90s. Was all about concentrating on the detail. eg. fielding/running between the wickets/line and length/grinding innings. This lot has clearly set those skills aside and the results are clear. The likes of McGrath/Warne/Gilchrist may be gone but time to get back in the trenches.

  • on January 7, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    Well done England. My prediction was spot on.

  • on January 7, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    Well done England!! Awful Australia Ashamed!!!

  • on January 7, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    Good job England ! :) .. Aussies deserve this

  • on January 7, 2011, 5:06 GMT

    The England players immediately embraced the victory

  • on January 7, 2011, 4:56 GMT

    it has been a fascinating days of test cricket!!!!!!!!

  • shrastogi on January 7, 2011, 4:50 GMT

    A correction in my previous comment. It is 8-7 test wins for Australia. Given Ricky Ponting's fair play :-) england should have won 3-0 or 4-1.

  • on January 7, 2011, 4:44 GMT

    Who was it who said 5 - zip to Australia before the series started ?????

  • jonesy2 on January 7, 2011, 4:44 GMT

    this is a an example of england caring about the ashes so much, aus are kinda over it.

  • Biggus on January 7, 2011, 4:43 GMT

    Way too good for us England, no ifs or buts. There can be no arguing about it.

  • on January 7, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    great great there is no word to praise this team...24 year dream comes true today...

  • Dheepak.cs on January 7, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    CONGRATULATIONS on CLINCHING THE ASHES.... I Thank ENGLAND TEAM for CRUSHING the OZ's.... LONG LIVE ENGLISH CRICKET.... OZ's have to repent for the statements given before the series... Bye Mr. PONTING...

  • on January 7, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    Congratulations to England. They were by far the better side. One issue I want to raise which seems to have been ignored during this entire series is the pitches. Almost all other nations prepare ther pitches to the benefit of thier local conditions including England when they are at home. Australia doesn't. All it needs is to revisit the Perth match. Now I'm not saying that pitch was doctored but it is almost back to it's lively ways. England could not handle the bowlers at all. The pitches for all the other 4 tests were almost identical. So let's rethink and have the local curators for the Test matches to add a bit of spice to their pitches. We need to have a home advantage yet we are not doing it. It also makes the matches more exciting thereby attracting crowds.

  • shrastogi on January 7, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    Excellent. Three innings wins without two of the original three fast bowlers is simply outstanding. Last four ashes seires now stands at 7 each test wins with three series going to England. But playing India wont be as easy as defeating aussies was.

  • on January 7, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    Aussie ur time has gone now its time of india

  • landl47 on January 7, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    Great result for England. This team has got better and better over the last two years and with still quite a young side they should be a force for years to come. Commiserations to Australia, who had one shining moment in Perth, but otherwise were outplayed. The one thing you can say with confidence is, they'll be back. Great series for Anderson, who was not thought by some to be acapoable of bowling in Australia, but proved his critics wrong. Cook was unbelievable- I have to admit, watching him struggle in England in the Bangladesh/Pakistan series, I didn't see this coming. I'm really glad Swann got a wicket this morning, he's toiled away without help on 4 of the 5 wickets but kept the pressure on the Australian batsmen for long periods while the seamers got the wickets. Above all, though, Strauss and Flower planned and executed this victory and they deserve great credit for how they've gone about it. Onward, guys, and upward to number 1!

  • on January 7, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    Great boost before the World Cup. Congratulations to the England team

  • dyogesh on January 7, 2011, 4:04 GMT

    Talk of team work and no better example than England in this series. Everybody bar Colly has had their moment in their sun. One thing that stands out as a sore eye is that no english bowler has won man of the match ? In fact the only bowler to win a man of the match has been Mitchell Johnson ! I think Anderson deserved to share the award with Cook as much as Steyn deserved to share the award with Kallis. Why can't there be little more recognition for bowlers ?

  • Scgboy on January 7, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    well done england , and yes the Australia have been in bit of bother for while.that doesn't take away from a fantastic effort.

  • jondavies01 on January 7, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    What a massive achievement! Congratulations to the team and every one involved in making this dream a reality. Long may their success continue. If any of the team are ever in LA, the beers are on me!

  • on January 7, 2011, 3:42 GMT

    So much said about the Australian team and how good the Pom's are. Fact of the matter is Aussies lost against a far superior opponent and there's no shame in it. However, the selectors and to an extent the Senior players should account for their dismal performance. The only way forward for Australian cricket is to clear any dead wood and bring a radical new Captain and fresh youngsters to the team. Go forward with a 5 year plan to get back on top. Until then the Australian team is banished to the bottom rung. I don't this Australian team would win against Bangladesh or New Zeland team!!

  • Hutty86 on January 7, 2011, 3:38 GMT

    Well done England, as a Dragons fan I know how sweet it is to enjoy a drought-breaking victory! Excellent side, superb pace attack and outstanding team performance. Too good

  • A.Afker on January 7, 2011, 3:37 GMT

    Congratulation ENG team.You are No1 in Test at present no doubt about that.And also you are No1 in T20 as well.So only remaining thing is ODI.In comming days you can prove that as well.

  • ell_bee on January 7, 2011, 3:28 GMT

    Congratulations England. When we can find a coach that can mould 11 players into a team we will give you a proper game. Until that happens and this has been seen by most Aussie cricket lovers, commentators and journos that our problems start at the top, we will flounder around. In the meantime, hopefully we will give Iceland a game in the word cup :)

  • iconoclast64 on January 7, 2011, 3:24 GMT

    All credit to England on good job even though Aus is now a shadow of its past; now you need to beat India to be truly be number one. India/SA series was a tough fight between 1 & 2 and credit to India for drawing the away series thus retaining the number 1 spot.

  • Turne on January 7, 2011, 3:24 GMT

    Congrates to England, but let's not get too carried away, this series was always for England to take. A very strong England team Vs a very weak Aussie team. But with that said England job done and job done well, Australia really it's time to begin the rebuild and don't expect results for a good few years as it seems the cupboard is empty.

  • TheDoctor394 on January 7, 2011, 3:24 GMT

    Congratulations, England. :-) What more is there to say?

  • on January 7, 2011, 3:13 GMT

    as it should be................................

  • Woody111 on January 7, 2011, 3:10 GMT

    Congrats to England; clearly a better side. To Aussie supporters; if we care about this team we have to rally behind them. The lack of support this series has been smacked of 'fair weather' following. From before the series began the media was bagging our team as well. Contrast this with the Barmy Army who have traveled with the team through thick and thin and made themselves be known wherever they go. Not good enough from players, the media or supporters this tour.

  • on January 7, 2011, 3:04 GMT

    Well done England - from an Aussie supporter. Australia needed this hammering. Hopefully it doesn't take us as long to learn from it as it did England in 1989. Test cricket needs a competitive Australia because the Australian public are among the few in the world, along with the English, that still genuinely love and flock to the game.

  • Philsy on January 7, 2011, 3:04 GMT

    Have a good time tonight England team and fans, a thoroughly deserved and comprehensive series win over Australia. My parents are English so I'm pretty happy, goes some way towards forgetting how New Zealand are self destructing on day 1 of the first test against Pakistan in Hamilton. A bad omen for Australia at the World Cup, losing the Ashes beforehand?

  • redneck on January 7, 2011, 3:03 GMT

    well done to england, never been more impressed with the way they've gone about their business! never been more disapointed with the australian team either! to loose 3 matches by an innings is pathetic, even more so when its at home! i hope we can turn it around in the ODI's, hopefully tait, lee and starc and/or mckay can show that we still do have bowlers who know how to bowl a good line. and in furgeson, d hussey and white we have batsmen who know which end the handle of the bats on! wouldnt hurt to recall hodge aswell, hes got a point ot prove and unlike many others at the momment he is capable of doing that! again well played by england they are the complete package in every way. i now know what the english supporters have felt like over the last couple of decades!

  • PlayingItStraight on January 7, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    Simply outstanding and disciplined team performance from England - they rightly deserve their series win. Australia has had such a sustained period of dominance that getting so comprehensively beaten takes a bit of getting used to, but over the next 2 years or so there will no doubt be more disappointment as the team rebuilds. Hopefully the selectors will now take the opportunity to move on some of the under performing players (particularly the veterans), and start to get match time into the next generation. For a change let's pick the team on form and not reputation, and if they don't perform give someone else a shot - competition for places usually brings the best out of incumbents. Hopefully Australia puts up more of a fight in 2013, with our next generation of test cricketers.

  • hyclass on January 7, 2011, 2:50 GMT

    Finally-the crushing humiliation that one hopes will lead to the immediate sacking of the entire australian coaching staff, the resignation of the renegade selector Hilditch and of Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland who reappointed them. Do not think for one moment of blaming this playing group. Many of these players had much to recommend them before they were accosted by this administration. I saw the seeds of this being sown in the treatment of then 20 year old Phillip Hughes in england in 2009. Then a daring superstar with batting records aplenty, he has been turn into a timid night watchman, barely capable of a stroke or occupation the crease. There was clearly an instruction in the first innings to occupy the crease and let balls pass to the keeper. Half volleys, short wide balls and half trackers were let pass. What lunacy. Attack is always the best form of defence. Players now lack mental stamina and application and the coaching directives have mired them in doubt.

  • on January 7, 2011, 2:50 GMT

    Well played by England. Dismal performance by the Australians. I can't fathom just how bad we were. And how good England were. But, what has happened to the Australian batting line-up? Even though the bowlers were made accountable through the series, the batsmen inflicted absolutely zero pressure on England - making it hard for the bowlers. Maybe now CA will look into their questionable "select anyone who plays for NSW before other states" selection policy.

    And can I just say that I've never liked Ricky Ponting's captaincy. There's no tactical thought in it at all - just bowl one guy for 6 overs, replace, bowl 6, replace. Put fielder where ball went, now move to where last one went....

  • on January 7, 2011, 2:49 GMT

    RIP Australian Cricket. The body will be cremated and the Ashes taken to England.

    I need not say anything more. Yes England got beat by a couple of hundred runs at Perth, but three Test matches where England thrashed Australia by an innings? They're even bigger victories. The Aussie Press can say how bad Australia have been, but England haven't allowed Australia to play good Cricket. All in all, England have been the far superior side in all facets of the game. It really does cap off what has been a great year for English Cricket. England have been the best team in the world this past year irrespective of the world rankings. They thoroughly deserve all the accolades, and I doubt anyone can argue that.

  • CustomKid on January 7, 2011, 2:44 GMT

    Well done England - you shot my predictions down in flames. Given the team unity they have shown they will now be a force to be reckoned with. Minimal changes like Australia did through the late 90's 2000's showed how powerful a balanced team that all contribute can be.

    I'm now very much looking forward to the test series with India in the middle of the year in the UK and it's time to get FOXTEL so I can watch it!

    As for Australia - I hope (as a supporter) this hurts a lot and the pain you talk about is sincere. I can't help but feel as long as the $$$ are coming in it doesn't mean that much. I hope I'm wrong but not once did anyone show some fight or pride in that baggy green bar Hussey.

    Time to dig deep, develop some young guns and begin the climb back up - which at present looks bigger than Everest. The amazing stat - if you pick your combined team only one Aussie gets in the 11. M.Hussey at 5 for Collingwood that is sad.

  • shameerpvt on January 7, 2011, 2:34 GMT

    Great achievement !!!! Aussie's dynasty seems over by now....

  • LePom on January 7, 2011, 2:30 GMT

    Wonderful result for England, well earned and well deserved. Only one other team (New Zealand) have been beaten by an innings 3 times in one series. The question now is how good are England, and how bad Australia? I, for one, am really looking forward to these two teams playing some other ones, so that we can get a better view of where they sit in relation to the rest of the worlds teams. Personally I don't think Australia are as bad as people are painting them at the moment. I think England are better than they are being given credit for, and Australia played as well as they have been allowed to. When given an opening in Perth, Australia managed to look dangerous.

  • 5wombats on January 7, 2011, 2:27 GMT

    SUPERB ENGLAND. 24 years we've had to wait for that. Thanks and WARMEST CONGRATULATIONS to the team and management.

  • bhanumech on January 7, 2011, 2:21 GMT

    It's a fantastic effort by the England team.They are encapsulated in a wheel which is driven to success.All the players played with gumption.It is a good sign for England team before world cup.Australia need to come back into the game particularly Ricky,hussy, Clarke.Congrats to England team and all the best to Australia.

  • satanswish on January 7, 2011, 2:20 GMT

    Wow, love to see Aussies getting innings defeated. They had already lost Ashes before it began, their frustration clearly showed with their big mouth talking. They will be knocked out quickly in WC as well.

  • on January 7, 2011, 2:20 GMT

    Magnificent Ashes campaign by England! They will be a threat in the World Cup!

  • SmashingBaby on January 7, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    I'm expecting Andrew Hildich to announce his resignation from the selection panel by lunch time today. Nothing will be fixed with the Australian team until he is gone.

  • on January 7, 2011, 2:01 GMT

    tx 4 da starting crash kangaroos......... we will waiting, they came to our land........!

  • phoenixsteve on January 7, 2011, 1:46 GMT

    Excellent finish and a satisfying series win by England! Maybe the Jonesy2s, marcios, rooboys and all the other dillusioned Aussies will seek the therapy they clearly need! To the more sensibe/intelligent Aussies fans (fortunately the majority!) my condolences. An Australian team in decline and out of form; ran into an England side near the top of it's game and the outcome was somewhat inevitable. We all know that the Aussies will be back - so forgive the English celebrations please. As they say in the old country from time to time "The King is Dead .... Long Live the King". Of course I am only referring to Ashes kings - before all the Indian fans start protesting! That crown has yet to be decided, what a summer it promises to be? If Tendulkar doesn't retire it may be his last chance to shine on the International stage. And now to the one day stuff....... (small beer by comparison) WELL DONE ENGLAND!!!

  • aracer on January 7, 2011, 1:44 GMT

    Amongst all the celebrations, I'm more and more impressed by Clarke - very humble comments from him there at the end. You'd think he was English he's that good a loser (though maybe that's not what Australia are after as a captain!)

  • brucee41 on January 7, 2011, 1:41 GMT

    Australia now has a second rate cricket team backed up by a second rate coach and a second rate group of selectors - wake up Cricket Australia and do something positive instead of defending and talking up the indefensible. The results are on the board, it should have been a 4 to 1 trouncing, forget the molly coddling and make the changes now otherwise forget about any success in the world cup

  • on January 7, 2011, 1:40 GMT

    Finally England team able to win in Australia after long wait of 24 years. This team was clearly the upper handed over aussies right from the start of the 1st test. Nothing is going in the favor of Australia and the team that only lost 3 matches by an innings in between October 1988 and November 2010 has lost 3 matches by innings in this series. Paul must be very happy after winning the ashes in Australia. He may not able to give contribution to his team by bat but 9 catches taken by him are the most in the series and England will miss this all rounder.Congrats team England.

  • Turne on January 7, 2011, 1:40 GMT

    Congrates to England they came and did what was expected, but it must be stated it was against a weak team. 3-1 is what it should have been, this aussie team is very weak and is on par with the bad teams of the 80's (before Border took over). But congrates for doing what was expected.

  • vj-enggineer on January 7, 2011, 1:33 GMT

    an expected result !! but thought it would have been when ponting was there as captain !!

  • souwesterly on January 7, 2011, 1:32 GMT

    I want to scream and shout because England have been awesome. (But how would this team compare against South Africa or India at the moment?) So - brilliant! - we've had one of the best Ashes series in history....but was that because we were the greatest? Better than Australia - but then Australia is in decline, this decade, so are we good enough to rule the World? Oh well - never mind - the Old Enemy has been defeated - so VICTORY is the only word today. Fantastic work - well done indeed! Oh heck - I'm in two mind sets....!! Because tomorrow.....

  • thebarmyarmy on January 7, 2011, 1:23 GMT

    So proud of England!! Simply Amazing! I cant believe its all over. Our bowlers are amazing... Our batsmen are amazing! PARTY TIME!!!

  • on January 7, 2011, 1:19 GMT

    Awful Aus sink to new low in test cricket. Another Inings defeat. Outthought, outplanned, and outplayed by Eng in every aspect. Eng vs Ind this summer will be a real treat for cricket lovers

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  • on January 7, 2011, 1:19 GMT

    Awful Aus sink to new low in test cricket. Another Inings defeat. Outthought, outplanned, and outplayed by Eng in every aspect. Eng vs Ind this summer will be a real treat for cricket lovers

  • thebarmyarmy on January 7, 2011, 1:23 GMT

    So proud of England!! Simply Amazing! I cant believe its all over. Our bowlers are amazing... Our batsmen are amazing! PARTY TIME!!!

  • souwesterly on January 7, 2011, 1:32 GMT

    I want to scream and shout because England have been awesome. (But how would this team compare against South Africa or India at the moment?) So - brilliant! - we've had one of the best Ashes series in history....but was that because we were the greatest? Better than Australia - but then Australia is in decline, this decade, so are we good enough to rule the World? Oh well - never mind - the Old Enemy has been defeated - so VICTORY is the only word today. Fantastic work - well done indeed! Oh heck - I'm in two mind sets....!! Because tomorrow.....

  • vj-enggineer on January 7, 2011, 1:33 GMT

    an expected result !! but thought it would have been when ponting was there as captain !!

  • Turne on January 7, 2011, 1:40 GMT

    Congrates to England they came and did what was expected, but it must be stated it was against a weak team. 3-1 is what it should have been, this aussie team is very weak and is on par with the bad teams of the 80's (before Border took over). But congrates for doing what was expected.

  • on January 7, 2011, 1:40 GMT

    Finally England team able to win in Australia after long wait of 24 years. This team was clearly the upper handed over aussies right from the start of the 1st test. Nothing is going in the favor of Australia and the team that only lost 3 matches by an innings in between October 1988 and November 2010 has lost 3 matches by innings in this series. Paul must be very happy after winning the ashes in Australia. He may not able to give contribution to his team by bat but 9 catches taken by him are the most in the series and England will miss this all rounder.Congrats team England.

  • brucee41 on January 7, 2011, 1:41 GMT

    Australia now has a second rate cricket team backed up by a second rate coach and a second rate group of selectors - wake up Cricket Australia and do something positive instead of defending and talking up the indefensible. The results are on the board, it should have been a 4 to 1 trouncing, forget the molly coddling and make the changes now otherwise forget about any success in the world cup

  • aracer on January 7, 2011, 1:44 GMT

    Amongst all the celebrations, I'm more and more impressed by Clarke - very humble comments from him there at the end. You'd think he was English he's that good a loser (though maybe that's not what Australia are after as a captain!)

  • phoenixsteve on January 7, 2011, 1:46 GMT

    Excellent finish and a satisfying series win by England! Maybe the Jonesy2s, marcios, rooboys and all the other dillusioned Aussies will seek the therapy they clearly need! To the more sensibe/intelligent Aussies fans (fortunately the majority!) my condolences. An Australian team in decline and out of form; ran into an England side near the top of it's game and the outcome was somewhat inevitable. We all know that the Aussies will be back - so forgive the English celebrations please. As they say in the old country from time to time "The King is Dead .... Long Live the King". Of course I am only referring to Ashes kings - before all the Indian fans start protesting! That crown has yet to be decided, what a summer it promises to be? If Tendulkar doesn't retire it may be his last chance to shine on the International stage. And now to the one day stuff....... (small beer by comparison) WELL DONE ENGLAND!!!

  • on January 7, 2011, 2:01 GMT

    tx 4 da starting crash kangaroos......... we will waiting, they came to our land........!