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Last Updated: Wednesday December 29 2010 15:02 GMT

England retain the Ashes!

The England team celebrate winning the Ashes

England's cricketers are celebrating after retaining the Ashes in Melbourne for the first time in 24 years, with a match to spare!

Australia started day four of the Fourth Test 246 runs behind on 169-6. But England managed to dismiss the side for 258 before lunch.

England are now 2-1 up with only the Sydney Test remaining.

England captain Andrew Strauss said: "Retaining the Ashes is something that will live long in all our memories."

England's Chris Tremlett, Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan each took a wicket as England won by an innings and 157 runs.

Thousands of fans watched England beat Australia at the MCG stadium in Melbourne.

Congratulations are now pouring in for the team from those who watched and listened to the match.

Prime Minister David Cameron said:"Retaining the Ashes for the first time in almost a quarter of a century marks a very special end to the year for sports fans and a great late Christmas present for the country.

"I look forward to welcoming them to Downing Street when they return. "

Captain's future

Meanwhile, Australian captain Ricky Ponting is looking to avoid a third Ashes series defeat as captain.

He says he'll review his future as the captain and a player, claiming he'll act for the good of the team and not his own career.

The final test starts on the 3 January.