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Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 September 2005, 09:59 GMT 10:59 UK
Sport & showbiz stars on the Ashes
England bid for cricket immortality this week when they aim to regain the Ashes from Australia for the first time since 1986.

A selection of sport and showbiz stars give their views and messages of support.


Sir Mick Jagger - Rolling Stones

Sir Mick Jagger
It's been a great series and it's been fascinating because the teams are so evenly matched.

Losing Glenn McGrath in the last couple of games gave the edge somewhat to England and they took advantage of it.

I'm just a bit worried from an English supporter's point of view that having back Glenn McGrath might give Australia the edge and us losing Simon Jones might add a little bit more to the edge (to) the Australians

Letter from Prime Minister Tony Blair to Michael Vaughan

Prime Minister Tony Blair
Dear Michael, I just wanted you to know that, along with the rest of the country, I will be following the team's progress in the final Test with great interest and wish you the best of luck in your battle to regain the Ashes.

Please pass on my best wishes and good luck to all the team and everyone involved at The Oval in what will hopefully be another victory for the England team.

Amir Khan - Olympic silver medallist

Amir Khan
I'm a bit disappointed that Freddie (Andrew Flintoff) is not going to be in Cardiff watching my fight on Saturday night like he had promised - never mind the Ashes!

Seriously I am a big cricket fan and I would love to see England win the Ashes and I think we've got a very good chance.

I am looking forward to getting my second win, then what better way to rest and recover from my fight than by sitting down watching England win the Ashes.

Dame Kelly Holmes - Double Olympic champion

Dame Kelly Holmes
I'm hoping to go along and watch on Sunday and if the match is as exciting as the previous ones it's going to be great.

This is the big match, the one to win and I'm sure the side will respond and reach what will be the pinnacle of their careers.

The supporters I know will again play their own part with even more tremendous backing.

Matthew Pinsent - Four-time Olympic rowing champion

Matthew Pinsent
I was good at rowing, but I was absolutely rubbish at cricket, let me tell you.

I was once captain of a cricket side and we were all out for 14, so I will not be offering any advice to the cricketers this weekend, other than I really hope they stuff the Aussies.

Keira Knightley - English actress

Keira Knightley
Lots of luck to the English cricket team. Come on.

Ronnie O'Sullivan - Former World Snooker Champion

I'm looking forward to Thursday and I've got a great feeling that England are going to win.

Do the business, bring the Ashes home. Wicked.

Sven-Goran Eriksson - England football manager

If you are a Swede living in Sweden, Portugal and Italy you don't know much about cricket. We don't understand, we have never played it.

It is great in England and there is huge interest in it. I hope to go see it on Friday.

If you live in England you should go to see it at least once to know something about it.

Lord Coe - London 2012 Olympics chairman

Lord Coe
The last few weeks have been the most sensational sport that I can remember for a long, long time.

The guys have done an unbelievable job - all that's left is to go out and finish it.

David Beckham - England football captain

I'm not really a cricket man, but I can't keep my eyes off the TV.

It is great for the country and we are experiencing again just how the public respond to an England side doing well.

We can take inspiration from the cricketers. Everyone is proud of what they have done.

There has been a kind of euphoria and atmosphere going on in England with the success of the cricket.

Jonny Borrell - lead singer of rock band Razorlight

Cricket is a fantastic sport. I got into it in 1997 when England were playing Australia and I was on the dole because the band I was in at the time had broken up.

I figured if I could get into it then that would be five days of a week taken up. I got hooked!

This series has been phenomenal and exciting. The last three Tests have been so nerve-wracking and I don't know if I can deal with the pain of watching them again.

I went to see some of the first Test at Lord's and I'm hoping to pull a few strings to get a ticket to The Oval.

We were due on stage at the Leeds festival just as the last Test was reaching its climax so we went on stage a few minutes late because I didn't want to miss the result!

Stuart Pearce - Manchester City boss and ex-England footballer

The Ashes has gripped everybody whether they are cricket fans or not.

I think we'll take the Ashes - I have a feeling the British weather will help us out somewhere along the line.

England with their tails up - I'm hoping that they will go on and win it, but you can never write the Aussies off.

They are so strong mentally - when you think they are down and with no hope that is when they are at their most dangerous.

Will Greenwood - rugby World Cup winner

We are living every ball. Geraint Jones having his moment at the crease in the last Test and then Hoggard and Giles coming in and steadying the ship.

Even the missus is watching it at the moment which is incredible!

Sir Steve Redgrave - five times Olympic rowing gold medallist

In some ways you think it'd be nice if it rained for the rest of the month but knowing the characters of people involved there, they don't want that to happen, they want to be competing.

They know as well as anybody that Australians can get their act together, so we can't get too carried away with the situation at the moment - we still need a draw or better.

The mentality of the guys will be to go out and win it, they won't have their fingers crossed for rain - they want to do it in style and I think they're capable of doing it.

Paul Robinson - Tottenham and England goalkeeper

What the England cricket team have done is absolutely brilliant. I've loved watching it.

When Manchester United were playing Newcastle (the final day of the Trent Bridge Test) I had the cricket on instead.

You could not keep your eyes off it.

Clare Connor - England 's winning women's Ashes cricket captain

Clare Connor
A massive good luck to Michael Vaughan and the England cricket team as they go into this fifth and final Test at The Oval.

It's been a fantastic summer for English cricket already. Our team won the Ashes and it's the most amazing feeling. Keep going - we are right behind you.

Steve Cram - Former world 1500m champion

I'll actually be in Monte Carlo for the athletics this weekend and I'll be searching out a bar so I can watch it like everybody else.

Good luck guys - I know you can do it.

Michael Owen - Newcastle and England striker

Cricket has grown in popularity this summer.

I've watched as much as I can and it's given everyone in Britain a big lift.

There's not many things that can lift the nation like sport.




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