UPDATES FROM REPORTERS, COMMENTATORS & FANS...
The log is over for the second Test - rejoin us for the third on Thursday!
1335: USA Pom on the TMS messageboard:
Over here in the US I have been getting up at 5am every day of the match. I am knackered! I also have eye strain from following this message board. I need a few days to recover, but will be fit and reporting for the third Test!
1332: HB Love on the TMS messageboard:
Anyone else feeling a bit sick? Lost hair, lost relationships (caused by snapping at better halves when asked stupid questions at 276/9), bleeding fingers...
1326: Joe and Dan email from work to say:
We've been at work all morning and thanks to the Ashes, we've done no work! Our bosses can have us back now! Incredible game, well played!
1321: Rich on the TMS message board:
Look at what happened to West Indies when Curtly and Courtney went. That's you in four years time.
1320: Chris emails to say:
Nice to see that all the pre-series talk about sledging and gamesmanship was in fact just talk - this match was played hard by two teams who respect each other and with a smile not a glare. Just as Test cricket should be.
1318: Big Aussie on the TMS message board:
I am watching TV from Down Under and can't believe the reaction to finally beating Australia. Albeit only just. Anyone would think that you had won the series based on the crowd and player reaction. The debacle at Lord's will be repeated at Old Trafford.
1315: John Jaques emails from America to say:
Ron and John here in New York. We have been up all night. This is the greatest thrill for two English twins who came here so many years ago. Well done England!
1314: Paul emails from South Korea to say:
This is not good for me. Or my neighbours for that matter. I hate to think what the Koreans think of my wild screaming! Thank you BBC for making TMS available on the internet.
1310: Mukul emails from India to say:
Is this the beginning of the end for Australia? I'm no astrologer, but I can see the writing on the wall.
1245: Srijan emails from Nepal to say:
I don't think I've been this excited ever before. And thank God it finally ended. I have got final university exams beginning tomorrow and here I am hooked to my telly for the last four days. At least I can study now. England for the Ashes!
1244: Jin on the TMS message boards:
The selectors have got to be looking very closely at Hayden's form. It's been bad for a while, and I think he's more interested in his family than cricket in recent times.
1241: Geoff Lawson, TMS summariser:
Flintoff isn't bothered about tearing muscles in his shoulder, he's probably got about 400 others...
1238: Justin and Jamie emails from France to say:
The south of France has just heard the shouts of joy! Thought it had gone, but Harmy sent us barmy!
1235: Jonathan Agnew, TMS commentator:
TMS Champagne Moment: We've got Flintoff's sixes, Harmison's slower ball, but in the end we went for Flintoff's over to dismiss Justin Langer and Ricky Ponting in the second innings.
1234: James on the TMS message board:
We've now found out that a few Australian players have coasted on McGrath's coat-tails. That emperor is temporarily injured, so let's see what the rest of them have got.
1229: Mike on the TMS message board:
Awesome guys! Had a tear when we won and just hung out my St George's flag! Freddie's a boys own hero! Wasn't it nice to see him ask if Lee was OK!
1226: Colin emails to say:
Please can I congratulate Geoff Lawson on his glorious left-field comments this morning which proved that a real will to win alongside an understanding of competion is still alive and well.
1224: Harry emails from Laos to say:
Sitting in an internet cafe in the impossibly beautiful Vang Vieng in rural Laos, I have followed every twist and turn today. And it came to this. I'll make sure all the Laos people know about this, don't worry!
1223: Jon emails to say:
I had to go to work today, but listened on the radio. The whole office thought I had gone quite, quite mad when I jumped up in delight!
1222: Adrian emails to say:
I shouted so much I made made my four-year-old daughter cry - sorry Daisy! What a match!
1220: Thea emails to say:
My son at the age of four has just watched his first England Ashes series win for England and is running around like a banshee.
1219: Jason emails to say:
Good God, I don't think I've ever been so excited!
1216: Dom emails from Italy to say:
We've just been watching it in Florence. The whole city erupted like Vesuvius when Harmison took the final wicket. England for the Ashes!
1215: Ian Jones emails from America to say:
It's the middle of the night here in LA and I just woke my wife and kids with screams and cheers of joy! Oh well, I've been banished to the doghouse - but at least we got a win!
1209: Jonathan Agnew, TMS commentator:
The most endearing image for me was Flintoff embracing Lee, who had dropped to his haunches, when all his team-mates were celebrating. That's sport.
1209: Hate Bowlers emails to say:
What a game! I am jumping up and down like a mad thing and have just deafened my dad who has been on the phone for the last 20 minutes!
AUSTRALIA 279 ALL OUT: KASPROWICZ C G JONES B HARMISON 20
1201: Jimmy emails to say:
This is incredible! I'm hiding behind my sofa unable to watch, the tension is unbearable. Come on Freddie!
1200: Jim Maxwell, TMS commentator:
If you're looking for the shipping forecast, we are delaying it. All you mariners, you'll have to wait.
1154: Geoff Lawson, TMS summariser:
Lee doesn't want a painkiller, that will slow him down. Even if he has it in the bum, like Freddie Flintoff.
1150: C-Mon England on the TMS message board:
I can't watch...mostly because it's not broadcast here. But I couldn't watch even if I could.
1148: Tom emails from Australia to say:
That ball by Flintoff that hit Lee was absolutely disgraceful, it is terrible to bowl a bouncer at a tailender.
1145: Geoff Lawson, TMS summariser:
It deosn't matter if it's broken or not Brett, you're going to have to get some spray on it and bat on.
1143: Mark Kidger emails from Tenerife to say:
This is like the famous Melbourne Test in 1982/83 when Border and Thompson - the last wicket pair - wanted 77 to win and England finally won by three.
1136: Sabre Tooth on the TMS message board:
I wish they'd stop the real time replays on the TV. They keep showing Warne getting out and I jump and hit something on the ceiling.
1131: Jonathan Agnew, TMS commentator:
Billy Bowden gives one of his more absurd drinks signals. At the moment the pressure isn't really on the batsmen. It will only really hit them whne there's 10 or so to go.
1128: Alan emails to say:
Giles must not bowl another over. A few lusty blows and we'll have thrown this one away. I can't stand much more of this...
1126: Stu emails to say:
I've got a feeling that Australia are still going to nick it.
1122: Stu on the TMS message board:
Pure, unadulterated Englishness: we argue with each other even when we're on the verge of a famous victory!
1121: Steve emails from Barmy Army Land to say:
Is this the most complete England team ever. I can't recall a more all-round team in the past 30 years.
1112: Henry Blofeld, TMS commentator:
Is that a butterfly or a fly in Lee's helmet? I think it must be a fly. I don't think a butterfly would go that close to a batsman...
1118: Mike Selvey, TMS summariser:
This is by far and away Michael Vaughan's best game as captain. He's run things impeccably.
1115: Ed emails to say:
That'll learn Warne for prancing about his crease like a girl.
1112: Henry Blofeld, TMS commentator:
Oh, I've just spotted a white butterfly! We've seen plenty of red butterflies at Edgbaston, but not many white ones. One feels this last wicket is only just around the corner...
1107: Dan emails to sing:
Oh Freddie is a giant, he wears an England cap
and when he faces Warney, he says I fancy that
he smashes him through the leg side
he smashes him through the off
and if they ever get him out
we'll send in Darren Gough!
AUSTRALIA 221-9: WARNE HIT WICKET B FLINTOFF 42
1105: C'Mon England on the TMS message board:
Not completely convinced by bringing Giles on. Let's hope it works and he doesn't get knocked out of the ground.
1102: Jim Maxwell, TMS commentator:
There are times when Billy Bowden likes too much to be noticed...
1101: Richie on the TMS message board:
This is getting silly, we need a wicket NOW. We've let these two settle.
1055: Mighty on the TMS message board:
This is a tad worrying for England. Thirty+ knocked up in no time. No luck at all with Lee and Warne hitting the ball in the air. Another 30 minutes of this and we're in a spot of bother.
1043: Jonathan Agnew, TMS commentator:
There are 17,500 people here at Edgbaston but there is absolute silence when Flintoff comes in to bowl. We can hear Lee's bat tapping away from here.
1039: Geoff Lawson, TMS summariser:
Warne's got a couple of first-class hundreds and if he gets his eye in, he can be rather dangerous. Lee can bat as well, and if Australia score 20 or 30 more runs...
1036: Jonathan Agnew, TMS commentator:
There was no milling about outside the ground this morning. Everybody made sure they were in their seats by first ball.
1034: Go Aussie on the TMS message board:
Got a terrible hangover. My grandmother-in-law and sister-in-law swear by Berocca and coke...
1012: Mark Waugh, former Australia batsman:
The future of Test cricket is the breakneck speed of play we witnessed on Thursday. Our boys have been the groundbreakers in this regard and he line of thinking appears to be to dominate the bowlers, score quickly and allow yourself plenty of time to bowl the opposition out. Other countries have realised that if they don't adopt a similar approach, they will be left in Australia's wake.
1006: SP on the TMS message board:
What I wouldn't give to see Freddie finish the Aussies off with another pair of yorkers like those on Friday!
0955: English Mike on the TMS message board:
All of these people who are suggesting Hoggard be dropped have very short memories. Who was our best bowler in relatively unfriendly conditions in South Africa, our last major Test series?
0947: Sudhir emails to say:
Indian cricket fans are known to be passionate and vociferous but yesterday when I was watching the third day of the second Ashes Test, something stood out. There was not the Eden Garden capacity but the support, the encouragement and singing was simply outstanding. It was more like a football match, with England battling against Argentina. I am running out of words to express my new-found and unbelievable level of respect for the game of cricket, courtesy of England and Australia.
0943: Amar emails to say:
I have seen people win one-day matches on their own, but this guy Freddie can win Test matches on his own! And against the world's number one team.
0940: John Cink emails from Iraq to say:
In Iraq working with the Iraqi Navy and alongside the Australian Navy - a win today would stop them swaggering about. Come on England - nail it!
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