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Day 4

730dThe Bulletin by Brydon Coverdale at the MCG

England retain the Ashes with innings win

England have retained the Ashes in Australia for the first time in 24 years, after inflicting one of Australia's heaviest losses, with a margin of an innings and 157 runs on the fourth morning at the MCG

730dMadhusudhan Ramakrishan and S Rajesh

England dominant in every aspect

Though England lost in Perth, their overall numbers for the series are significantly better than those of the Australians

730dAndrew McGlashan at the MCG

Strauss aims higher after Ashes secured

England will enjoy their Melbourne celebrations after retaining the Ashes, but Andrew Strauss insisted there was still much work to do to reach their ultimate aim of being the No. 1 side in the world

730dAndrew Miller at the MCG

Strauss joins Ashes elite, with the promise of more

Douglas Jardine, Len Hutton, Ray Illingworth, Mike Brearley, Mike Gatting... Andrew Strauss. In almost 80 years of Ashes combat, only six England captains have been able to win in Australia

730dBrydon Coverdale at the MCG

Injured Harris out for up to four months

Ryan Harris was sent for surgery on his injured left ankle on Wednesday and is likely to be out for three to four months, but he hasn't entirely given up hope of being fit for the World Cup

730dPeter English at the MCG

Ponting considers a move down the order

Ricky Ponting was asked before the Ashes series started to consider moving from No.3, but only in the past fortnight has he considered shifting from his home of nine years

730dESPNcricinfo staff

Jump before you are pushed, Chappell tells Ponting

The former Australia captain Ian Chappell has called on Ricky Ponting to resign from the Test captaincy in the wake of England's Ashes-sealing victory in the fourth Test at Melbourne

Day 3

730dThe Bulletin by Brydon Coverdale at the MCG

Bresnan bowls England within sight of victory

The fathers in England's team know the excitement that Christmas Eve brought their children four nights ago, and they were feeling a similar anticipation on Tuesday evening after Tim Bresnan bowled them to within sight of an innings victory

730dESPNcricinfo staff

Australia have to survive the new ball

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730dAdam Wakefield

Grassy bank wanted

A South African checks out the MCG and his team's competition

730dPeter English at the MCG

Stress fracture leaves Harris needing surgery

Ryan Harris is expected to undergo surgery for a stress fracture on his left ankle after suffering an injury that threatens to curtail his promising Test career

730dAndrew Miller at the MCG

England's understated craftsman

The battle for the 2010 Ashes was won on the playing fields of Chittagong. That is the extraordinary conclusion that can be drawn from the performance of Tim Bresnan

730dPeter English at the MCG

The sad demise of Ponting

His team needed a huge score, but Australia's captain managed just 20 as the end of a career looms larger

730dPeter English at the MCG

Ashes loss will be 'horrendous' - Watson

Shane Watson says it will be "shattering" and "horrendous" to be part of the first Australian side in 24 years to finish a home Ashes series without the urn

Day 2

730dThe Bulletin by Brydon Coverdale at the MCG

Trott keeps England on target to retain the urn

On a day when Ricky Ponting lost his cool with the umpires, Jonathan Trott was a picture of composure as his second century of the series kept England on target to retain the Ashes

730dAndrew Miller at the MCG

Time running out for Collingwood

Almost everything has gone right for England in Melbourne, but Paul Collingwood's poor form continued with another failure

730dPeter English at the MCG

Siddle's efforts clouded in controversy

Peter Siddle was Australia's everywhere man, including a brief stint as a self-appointed on-field spokesman, as the hosts tried but failed to stay in touch with England at the MCG

730dPeter English at the MCG

Ponting fined as the match slips away

Ricky Ponting finally cracked under the strain of impending Ashes defeat when he picked a series of arguments with the umpires and Kevin Pietersen after the batsman correctly survived a caught-behind referral

730dAndrew Miller at the MCG

Trott's hunger hurts Australia

After the bowlers did their job yesterday, England's No.3 ensured there was no let-up with another impressive display

Day 1

730dThe Bulletin by Brydon Coverdale at the MCG

Dominant England bring Ashes triumph nearer

Within three sessions of complete England dominance at the MCG, they moved to within touching distance of retaining the Ashes by dismissing Australia for 98 and passing their total with no wickets down


730dPeter English

There goes Ponting the Test hero

When thinking and grumbling about Ricky Ponting in his current state, don't forget that he has been Australia's best batsman since Bradman

730dPeter Roebuck

The voice of New England

The MCG result tells us things about the visitors and the hosts both: one young and ambitious, the other inept and fretful

730dPeter English

Clarke focussed on delivering results

Michael Clarke is prepared for even more criticism in his latest role, but he knows captaining Australia is about achieving good results rather than winning the popular vote

Australia 3rd innings Partnerships

1st53SR WatsonPJ Hughes
2nd46RT PontingSR Watson
3rd3RT PontingMJ Clarke
4th2MEK HusseyMJ Clarke
5th30MJ ClarkeSPD Smith
6th24BJ HaddinSPD Smith
7th14BJ HaddinMG Johnson
8th86BJ HaddinPM Siddle
9th0BJ HaddinBW Hilfenhaus