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England v Australia day five as it happened

Third Ashes Test, Edgbaston, day five:

By Pranav Soneji


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1819: So that's the end of the Birmingham chapter of this Ashes series, time for Leeds. Ben Dirs will be back in the seat on Friday, see you back here for some more willow-based chat then.

Australia captain Ricky Ponting: "The way we applied ourselves today has been encouraging. A few guys have found some real form."

Clyde (sobbing quietly to himself in Norwich, expecting an angry phone call very soon), TMS inbox: "I spent a whole day last week convincing an American visitor who has lived in France for 20 years quite how exciting cricket could be, compared to their tawdry national sports (particularly the Ashes series). I was so convincing, he managed to get himself a ticket for today. I am wracked with multi-national guilt."

Second-innings centurion Michael Clarke is named as the man of the match. Disappointingly, no "awwwww look" in his interview with Mike Atherton.

Pack up the bunting, recoil the streamers and put the beersnakes to bed, it's time for the Ashes jamboree to move up the M1 towards Leeds for the fourth Test at Headingley on Friday. With Brett Lee itching for selection, the Australians will feel quietly optimistic about their chances of levelling this series following their performance today. England are not without their selection issues, Stuart Broad's bowling abilities are likely to be called into question with Steve Harmison's arm perennially in the air waiting to answer teacher's question. The squad for Headingley will be announced on Tuesday.

From Charlie, Cornwall, text 81111: "I hope after his batting yesterday, and being the pick of a lacklustre bowling attack today, Broad won't get a premature axe. He will be vital for England's future once Flintoff goes."