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Media reaction to Ashes victory

England celebrate their Ashes victory
The Ashes victory is front-page news in most of the English newspapers

England defeated Australia in a dramatic final Test at The Oval on Sunday to win the series 2-1 and regain the Ashes.

The match was the last of Andrew Flintoff's Test career and completed a triumphant series for skipper Andrew Strauss, who was the leading run scorer from either side.

However, opposition captain Ricky Ponting became the first Australian skipper to lose two Ashes series in England for more than a century.

Here is what the media in the respective countries made of the result.

THE ENGLISH REACTION

"Ecstasy" roared the headline in the Daily Mail. Writing in the same newspaper former England captain Nasser Hussain said the relationship between skipper Strauss and coach Andy Flower was the key to victory.
Full story: Daily Mail

A touch more pun heavy was the headline in The Sun, that splashed "We kicked their Ashes", before reflecting that "we've urned it" and reporting that Andrew Flintoff's crucial run-out of Ponting made him "a scene stealer to the end".
Full story: The Sun

"Ashes to Bashes," screamed the Daily Mirror, alluding to England's celebrations of their triumph. Their front page headline declared "Arise Sir Freddie" after the Lancastrian ended his Test career on a high.

Sir Ian Botham used his column in the newspaper to suggest the victory is the dawn of a great new era. Botham added: "I'll drink to that."
Full story: Daily Mirror

The Guardian declared that the result had put "England back in paradise" and that the leadership of Strauss had led him to "create his own aura".

Paul Hayward concluded that: "England's own talent won them the 2005 Ashes. This time at least the victory stemmed at least from Australia's relative mediocrity."
Full story: The Guardian

Derek Pringle in the Daily Telegraph said that with the series victory "a distant wish had become reality" before writing that "on balance England deserved their 2-1 win".
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Shane Warne used his column in The Times described the decision to omit spinner Nathan Hauritz from the final Test as "staggering" - prompting plenty of headlines.

But the great leg-spinner also paid tribute to England, saying: "Well done England, that's the most important thing to say."
Full story: The Times

Former England Test bowler Angus Fraser sounded a cautionary note in The Independent - noting that both Strauss and Flower "will be aware that the team is not yet where they want it to be".
Full story: The Independent

THE AUSTRALIAN REACTION

Many of Monday's Australian newspapers choose to focus on Miss Venezuela winning the Miss Universe contest, rather than the Ashes defeat. For the record, Miss Australia Rachel Finch came a respectable fourth.

Central to the coverage of Australia's Ashes defeat were comments made by Warne in his column in The Times. They were picked up by most newspapers down under.

"Warne slams Australia", claimed The Age, while reflecting that there was "a little Flintoff magic" in the run-out of Ponting.

Jamie Pandaram wrote: "Flintoff had to produce something magnificent in this Test, you just knew, and when he threw down the stumps to dismiss Ponting, The Oval faithful had their moment."
Full story: The Age

"Ashes fallout", said Brisbane's Herald Sun, adding that "the knives are out" after the 2-1 reverse.

Robert Craddock said on Friday that England don't deserve to win the Ashes but after the victory of Strauss's team he wrote: "Well played England. Your remarkable resurgence has revived the fading pulse of Test cricket."
Full story: Herald Sun

Malcolm Conn, writing in The Australian, defended the captaincy of Ponting. Conn criticised the skipper's form with the bat in the series, but added: "He remains unequivocally the best player to lead the team."

Conn's wrath was reserved for the selectors - a pretty popular target as the inquest into the defeat begins.

"If any players are to go for this disappointing Ashes display, should selectors go too?" he reasoned.
Full story: The Australian

Ponting returns home on Tuesday and the Sydney Morning Herald suggested: "In all likelihood he will ask the flight attendant for a bourbon and coke to help wash the away the last traces of grit from that awful dusty pitch at The Oval."

Peter Roebuck, writing in the same newspaper, agreed that Ponting should remain as skipper.

"Ponting will not be evicted, nor is he likely to step aside," Roebuck wrote.
Full story: Sydney Morning Herald



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see also
Victorious England regain Ashes
23 Aug 09 |  England
Strauss savours famous Ashes win
23 Aug 09 |  England
Jonathan Agnew column
23 Aug 09 |  England
Ponting determined to bounce back
23 Aug 09 |  Australia
England on course for Ashes glory
22 Aug 09 |  England
Inspired Broad shatters Australia
21 Aug 09 |  England
England struggle in deciding Test
20 Aug 09 |  England
Aussies win to level Ashes series
09 Aug 09 |  England
Flintoff quits Tests after Ashes
15 Jul 09 |  Cricket
Australia in England 2009
20 Sep 09 |  England


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