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Last Updated: Monday September 12 2005 18:18 GMT

Ashes triumph: Who said what?

Kevin Pietersen

The Queen
"My warmest congratulations to you, the England cricket team and all in the squad for the magnificent achievement of regaining the Ashes," the Queen said.

"This has been a truly memorable series and both sides can take credit for giving us all such a wonderfully exciting and entertaining summer of cricket at its best."

Dame Kelly Holmes
"I love watching England win whatever the sport is, but for the cricket team not only to win back the Ashes after such a long time, but also on home territory, was magnificent.

England captain Michael Vaughan
"Today there was a big challenge facing the guys against Warne and McGrath on this pitch and the way they've responded has been fantastic.

"It's been a nightmare all summer, living and breathing the Ashes all the way through and working on my own game.

"We've had a bit of luck along the way, I've won a few vital tosses, but the lads have got a lot of talent and belief and they've gone out there and expressed it."

"It's been an unbelievable day and I can't find the words to describe how KP played. It's one of the great innings.

England man-of-the-series Andrew Flintoff
"But then we've all performed at different times. The strength of this side is that different people have stuck their hands up at different times during the series.

"It's been competitive out in the middle but there has also been great respect between the two sides.

"Shane Warne has bowled for ever today and Brett Lee tried his hardest but I'm pleased we've come out on top over the five Tests.

"We had a shocker at Lord's but we got back, regrouped, and played the cricket that we know we can do."

Australian man-of-the-series Shane Warne
"It's been one of those series. They were just too good for us in the series and full credit to England.

"We tried as much as we could but weren't good enough, but it's been an enjoyable series.

"England enjoy their cricket, people always get behind their team and it's a pleasure to play here - the grounds are always good and full."

Man-of-the-match Kevin Pietersen
"I'm speechless, I.. I'm totally speechless. It's just an amazing, amazing feeling. History has been made. It was a special day today. We knew we needed to bat for a long time and the boys stood up.

"I mean Gilo, what a sensational knock. Colly batted brilliantly, Vaughany stated the day, Tres batted...everybody contributed so amazingly well.

"I mean, it's just been fantastic. It's a day I'll never ever forget."



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