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Last Updated: Monday August 24 2009 17:24 GMT

England win to regain the Ashes

Andrew Strauss

England have won the Ashes back from Australia after winning the final Test match at the Oval in London.

Graeme Swann claimed the final wicket when Michael Hussey was caught by Alistair Cook for 121, with spinner Swann finishing with four wickets.

England won the match by 197 runs to take the five-match series 2-1.

Australia battled really hard on the fourth day of the match, but they had just too long to bat to save the game, and England finally got them all out.

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After the match jubilant England captain Andrew Strauss said: "This is a special moment. We had to dig pretty deep and showed a hell of a lot of character and fight.

"At times I didn't think we were going to make it. That makes it more special."

Brilliant Broad

One of the key moments came when Andrew Flintoff - playing in his last ever Test for England - ran out Australian captain Ricky Ponting with a brilliant throw.

Ashes series results
Andrew Flintoff
Cardiff - Test match drawn
Lord's - England win
Edgbaston - Test match drawn
Headingley - Australia win
The Oval - England win

The final Test was a brilliant end to a series which swung from one team to the other and back again.

England batted well to score enough runs to set them up for the win, but it was Stuart Broad's bowling spell Friday that was the key for the home team.

England in the lead

He grabbed 5-37 as Australia were bowled out for 160 runs, giving England a big lead.

They built on that with a big second innings total, scoring 373 runs.

That set Australia a world record target to get and more than two days to bat, and while they batted very well it was just too much to ask.