Player of the Match
Player of the Match
122dPeter English at Sydney

Buchanan wants match focus

Australia have discussed Steve Waugh's series-long goodbye in 2004 as a wayof helping the team cope with the final match of three of theirlongest-serving players

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Andrew Flintoff
89(142) 11x4 - 1x6
Control %79%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 22 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
14 2 3 14 23 6 7 20
Ian Bell
71(153) 8x4 - 0x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 27 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
7 4 15 13 7 4 2 19

Best performances - Bowlers

Glenn McGrath
O21
M11
R38
W3
Eco1.80
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Brett Lee
O14
M5
R39
W3
Eco2.78
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorecard Summary

ENGLAND 291(103.4 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

AUSTRALIA 393(96.3 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

ENGLAND 147(58 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

AUSTRALIA 46/0(10.5 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

Langer shakes hands with everyone, Strauss patting him on the back a few times, and the Australian team run onto the pitch to soak up the party atmosphere and get the celebrations starting after a crushing, emphatic victory. A swarm of photographers crowd round a teary Langer and he smiles, now Gilchrist hugs him, now Lee. Lots of emotions out there, now it's Symonds giving him a hug. McGrath's turn, the two retirees share an embrace. Hussey this time. Warne and Langer now. Well done everyone.

A stony-faced Flintoff (well, stony by his standards) takes his players off the pitch. Australia of course stay on - this is their moment.

Langer now takes his bat and raises it to the jubilant crowd, while Hayden puts an arm round his shoulders. McGrath claps his hands above his head to acknowledge the crowd. Warne doffs his cap and waves a stump around. Ponting now takes his turn to tousle Langer's hair.

"No dry eye in the house," says Lee as McGrath steals the limelight behind him, raising his two children, James and Holly, aloft. "It's been an amazing series," says McGrath. "I don't think we've ever played as well team-wise." Warne's three children are now on the pitch, as well. The Warnes and the McGraths gather now for a family shot.

Open tears now for a red-eyed Langer, who's taking a moment to reflect on a great Test career.

Ian Healy collars Warne now. "Pretty excited, actually!" chirps Warne as if he's somehow surprised. "Aw, look, it's been fantastic. To finish off 5-0, sensational."

And on McGrath's 5-0 prediction, he says: "If he keeps saying it, he's got to get it right once, I suppose." Big reception for him now from all the crowd.

Langer tells Mark Taylor: "To win 5-0 it cannot get any better than that." And he has this message for everyone: "It's been a privilege."

Stuart Clark wins the Man of the Match and he's "enjoyed every minute of it." Ricky Ponting is the Man of the Series. He wins a crystal trophy and the Compton-Miller medal. "It's a great honour. It's been pretty emotional."

Andrew Flintoff called to the podium. He looks embarrassed. "I'd like to congratulate Ricky Ponting and his team," he says, monotone, but then picks up the tone a bit when congratulating Warne, Langer and McGrath and gives his heartfelt thanks. "They've never given up," he says of the England team and they clap weakly. He then thanks "the Barmy Army and every English fan out here."

Ponting's body language an understandable contrast and he jogs back and positively leaps up to the podium to collect the Ashes. He congratulates everyone, including the coach John Buchanan, who raises his hat.

Well, as Australia's celebrations begin, it's time to say goodbye from us. That's it from me (Jenny) and Martin Williamson - and an honorary mention for our fellow commentator Will Luke. Thanks very much for joining us and for all of your emails; hope you've enjoyed it.

10.5
1
Mahmood to Hayden, 1 run, that's it! It's all over! Hayden drives that into the covers and raises his arms and his pink-handled bat immediately in celebration
10.4
6
Mahmood to Hayden, SIX runs, scorching shot to bring the scores level - Hayden merely lifts that up and over cow corner - saw it early and smashed it, lovely. The two batsmen meet in the middle and congratulate each other
10.3
0
Mahmood to Hayden, no run, pushed up there and that's defended with a push into the on-side
10.2
0
Mahmood to Hayden, no run, that one swings a touch away from the left hander who judges well in leaving it
10.1
0
Mahmood to Hayden, no run, left alone outside off and that rushes through to Read

END OF OVER:
10 | 5 Runs | AUS: 39/0

  • Matthew Hayden16 (17b)
  • Justin Langer20 (43b)
  • Steve Harmison5-1-13-0
  • Sajid Mahmood1-0-11-0
9.6
1
Harmison to Hayden, 1 run, tucked off the legs behind square