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Wednesday's Ashes gossip column

England celebrate their Ashes victory
The Ashes are retained and it's time for the famous sprinkler dance at the MCG

BREAKING GOSSIP

1205 GMT: In the Sydney Morning Herald there are urgent calls for Australia's selectors to think long term and act swiftly. "After two Ashes series losses within 15 months, changes must be made. Now, not just on the eve of or midway through the India series," says journalist Jesse Hogan.
Full story: Sydney Morning Herald

1145 GMT: Australian cricket great Ian Chappell, brother of selector Greg, believes it's time for a change of captain. He told Channel 9's Today Show: "You do have a used-by date as a captain and Ricky has reached that point. It's got to be a new captain and a new team and it's got to be his team."
Full story: adelaidenow.com

MEDIA VERDICT ON ENGLAND RETAINING THE ASHES AT THE MCG

England legend Sir Ian Botham hailed England's cricketers after they retained the Ashes on Australian soil. "We've been out here and failed for far too long. Finally there is an England team capable of not just holding on to the Ashes but winning them outright in the Aussie backyard and that is worth celebrating."
Full story: Daily Mirror

Former England skipper Nasser Hussain was delighted with the manner of the crushing innings and 157-run victory in Melbourne. "If we thought that Adelaide was the perfect Test performance from England then we have had to think again. This has been better."
Full story: Daily Mail

Another former Test star, Darren Gough, says England are the best team in the world. "This is the best squad England have had for a long, long time. It's not just 11 players, they've got 16 players who could come into the side and do a job."
Full story: talksport.com

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron was up early to congratulate the team, describing it as a "brilliant performance". He added: "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."
Full story: Herald Sun

England's Graeme Swann is determined to win the series outright with victory in Sydney, but for now, the spin bowler is happy to reflect on a job well done: "Let's not be modest, we have absolutely thrashed Australia in this fourth Test and outplayed them in every department. Our success is a reward for all the hard work and planning we have put into this tour."
Full story: the Sun

TWITTER REACTION

The celebrations by Swann, whose two wickets helped to bring down the Australian second innings, seemed to be well under way in the early hours of Wednesday (UK time). "I'm already a trifle tipsy," Swann revealed on his twitter account.

England seam bowler Tim Bresnan, who took the final wicket to secure the Ashes, delights at the support in the MCG: "How to make 75 thousand empty seats vibrate. Let the Barmy army sing. Unbelievable support from the best supporters in the world. Merry Xmas." Full story: Tim Bresnan on Twitter

England's Kevin Pietersen even had time to take some pictures on the pitch as the players celebrated. "We have best supporters in the world," the batsman said on Twitter.
Full story: Kevin Pietersen uses Twitpic

One Australian had nothing but praise for England. "To my English friends well done and congrats on the cricket u played. Thanks for all the humble messages to !!! Enjoy moment u deserve it," says Shane Warne.
Full story: Shane Warne on Twitter

The spin bowling legend however hit back that not everything in England was better than what Australian can offer. "I still think vegemite is better than marmite," Warne wrote on his Twitter account.

Michael Vaughan, England's Ashes-winning captain in 2005, lauds the importance of coach Andy Flower and skipper Andrew Strauss on his Twitter account. "Strauss and Flower the architects behind Englands success. Good set of players with outstanding attitudes. Back room team very professional."

RICKY PONTING WATCH

Should Ricky Ponting stay or should he go? A poll in an Australian newspaper has 76% of 6502 (who have responded so far) saying the Australia skipper should retire after the Ashes series.
Full story: Herald Sun

However, it looks like Ponting wants to carry on as he ponders his future. "My series has been horrible, there's no two ways to describe that. I still think I've got a lot to offer the team as a batsman and as a leader and hopefully that all comes out next week."
Full story: the Australian

ASHES POST MORTEM

England were simply "too good" says the Herald Sun newspaper in Australia. In a photo gallery the paper outlines 10 moments that helped decide the outcome of the Ashes.
Full story: Herald Sun



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see also
Tuesday's Ashes gossip column
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Monday's Ashes gossip column
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Sunday's Ashes gossip column
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Friday's Ashes gossip column
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Wednesday's Ashes gossip column
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Tuesday's Ashes gossip column
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Monday's Ashes gossip column
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Sunday's Ashes gossip column
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Saturday's Ashes gossip column
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