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  1. 2230 Commentary  

    Evening, everyone - and a warm welcome to what we hope and expect will be England's coronation as Ashes winners. It's the last day of what has been a memorable series. To put it simply: England need to take three wickets to wrap up an innings victory and a 3-1 series win, and they have all day to do it. (Australia trail by 151 runs).

    Test Match Special will get under way at 2245 GMT, with play starting at a slightly bizarre 2303, as we're still making up time lost on day one.

  2. Commentary  

    From Charlie Bromley, TMS inbox: "Clarke wanted to captain the Australians very badly. And now he has done."

  3. 2235 Commentary  

    As play today could be wrapped up as quickly as three balls into the morning session, here's some nuggets for you to peruse while we await the start. Shane Watson has admitted that England have "totally outplayed" Australia, while Justin Langer has praised Matt Prior, likening him to "an energiser battery". Jonathan Agnew's column praises England for giving "an object lesson in reverse swing bowling" on day four, while our man Tom Fordyce is already looking forward to starting the party. And if you really want to revel in Australia's misery, our Ashes gossip column features the latest gripes from the Antipodean media. And Shane Warne.

  4. SMS  

    From Simon, Newbury: "Even my wife has been secretly reading the TMS blog in an effort to out-stat me; such is the life-changing nature of this series. Big day at work tomorrow though, so would be grateful if you could arrange for all to be over by 11.30 please?"

  5. BBC Test Match Special's Jim Maxwell
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Jim Maxwell  

    On Twitter: "Rain overnight but getting brighter.\u00a0Australia's first three innings defeats in a series should spell exits for Hughes, Hilfie and Smith at least."

  6. Commentary  

    From Meilir Page, Seattle, USA, TMS inbox: "Hey, Mark, funny old game, cricket. Are we taking a crushing England victory too much for granted? Perhaps Steve Smith is the new Botham. He'll knock up 170-odd, with strong support at the other end, and\u00a0seven hours from now we'll all be biting our nails as Smith reduces England to 119-9, still needing 11 more runs to win. They'll call it Smith's Ashes. No... just too much porcine aviation in that nightmare. Never mind!"

    There's always one, isn't there...

  7. BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan  

    "The Barmy Army have had a huge effect here, particularly the effect they've had on Mitchell Johnson. They're going to have a great day."

  8. 2250 Commentary  

    Uh-oh - Aggers on TMS notices a small brown mat being brought on to cover the pitch. He thinks (and hopes) it's a precaution.

  9. 2252 Commentary  

    Plenty of stats from Andrew Samson the TMS scorer - I think the juiciest is that if England win by an innings, this will be the first time any team has won three Tests by an innings in the same series away from home.

  10. 2253 Commentary  

    The good news keeps coming... England fast bowling coach David Saker has signed a three-year contract extension with the ECB.

  11. BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce at the SCG
    Contributor BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce at the SCG  

    On Twitter: "It was raining in Sydney this morning. It's not raining any more. PA at SCG playing 'You Can't Always Get What You Want'. Not always true."

  12. BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan  

    "I played against Saker when he was playing for Victoria, and I've got to know him well over the last year. Apparently when he makes speeches about the bowling tactics, the boys find it hilarious as they know what he's trying to say, but he doesn't always quite explain exactly what he means!"

  13. 2257 Commentary  

    Covers coming off, we're going to start on time.

  14. Twitter  

    Australian cricket journalist Jesse Hogan: "Good news for England, bad news for Australia. ECB confirms David Saker has signed a three-year contract extension. Inspired appointment."

  15. 2302 Commentary  

    Here is Aggers' composite team from both sides, which he's going to read out on Aussie radio: Cook, Strauss, Trott, Pietersen, Bell, Collingwood (getting in ahead of Hussey for his catches), Prior, Bresnan, Swann, Tremlett, Anderson. Michael Vaughan adds Monty Panesar as 12th man, for his drinks-carrying skills!

    Players walking out, huge cheeers from the England fans and there's barely an Aussie in the ground...

  16. Commentary  

    From Vinny Edwards, Brisbane-based Scouser, TMS inbox: "Oh what a day today, as it pours down with rain up here in Queensland! For so many years to have been the butt of jokes and ridicule as I stood by my team, today is a day I will enjoy. My England flag is still pinned to the wall of my office at work even though\u00a0I am still on holidays, but\u00a0I am going to leave it there so all of the Aussies at work don't forget who the winners are now!\u00a0 Happy Dayz!"

  17. 2306 Commentary Aus 213-7  

    To the strains of "Jerusalem", it's James Anderson to open up, he has two slips and a gully for Steve Smith, who's batting in a sleeveless sweater. Free entry to the SCG today has meant that probably every Brit in New South Wales is there. Anderson is right on the money, Smith blocks out a maiden over.

  18. BBC Radio 5 live's Mark Pougatch
    Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Mark Pougatch  

    On Twitter: "Last day of 86-87 series I was sitting on the old Hill watching Peter Sleep bowling Aus to a consolation victory. This will be more fun!"

  19. 2311 Commentary Aus 216-7  

    Chris Tremlett, who bowled quite beautifully yesteday, pings down a bouncer at Peter Siddle, and then has the toothy tail-ender groping outside off stump. Siddle scores the first run of the day when he jams his bat down and the ball squirms away from gully. Smith works a two off his legs, while the National Anthem is sung lustily, conducted by someone in a dress and an Elizabeth II mask.

  20. BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan  

    "Here's a joke. What do you call a world-class Australian cricketer? Retired."

  21. Commentary  

    From Firoza Sleepy Eyes, Ilford, TMS inbox: "Evening all! I'm going to do my best to stay up tonight, hot water bottle and blanket at the ready... but please guys wrap this up quickly!"

  22. 2314 Commentary Aus 217-7  

    Siddle pokes Anderson for a single into the covers, no reverse swing at this stage - "probably because of the shower we had earlier - you need a dry ball," notes MPV on TMS.

  23. BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan  

    "It's like Where's Wally looking for an Australian in this crowd. My dentist has a Where's Wally poster on his ceiling."

  24. 2319 Commentary Aus 223-7  

    Cap'n Strauss is chewing gum at first slip, with the look of a hard-bitten Wild West gunslinger waiting to see off some outlaws at High Noon before riding off into the sunset. Tremlett bowls, Siddle gets an edge... but it squirms between third slip and gully, and it was a no-ball anyway. They run two. Ali Cook dons a helmet at short leg, I hope he's cleared space on his mantelpiece for the man of the series award. Siddle pushes a three, he has 24 and that's the fifty stand.

  25. BBC Test Match Special's Adam Mountford
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Adam Mountford  

    On Twitter: "Vaughan on TMS.:What do you call an Aussie with a bottle of Champagne? A waiter."

  26. 2322 Commentary Aus 224-7  

    There's a big cheer as an England fan dressed as a British bobby walks through the crowd, lifting his helmet to the crowd. Let's hope he's not detained for impersonating a police officer. Siddle nudges a single, still no reverse swing for Anderson, but these two can't last indefinitely. Can they?

  27. Commentary  

    From Vinny, UK, TMS inbox: "I'm amazed. All the Aussies are in fancy dress, dressed as plastic seats."

  28. BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan  

    "What do you call an Australian who can hold a catch? A fisherman."

  29. 2326 RAIN STOPS PLAY Aus 227-7  

    Siddle is still playing positively, hoicking Tremlett for three with an unorthodox cross-batted heave over the bowler's head. Simon Mann on TMS has noticed some rain... and they're going off! Nooooo.....

  30. Commentary  

    From Martyn, Southampton, TMS inbox: "Just to join Vaughany in the terrible jokes stakes... Why can no-one drink wine in Australia at the moment? They haven't got any openers..."

  31. Commentary  

    From Ben Atherton, TMS inbox: "What is the difference between Cinderella and the Aussies? Cinderella knew when to leave the ball."

  32. 2328 Commentary  

    TMS crew think this should be only a shower. Keep the faith, folks.

  33. Commentary  

    From Shaun Graham, TMS inbox: "What's the Australian version of LBW? Lost, Beaten and Walloped."

  34. SMS  

    From Co in Swindon: "Who spends the most time on the crease of anyone on the Australian cricket team? The person who ironed the cricket whites!"

  35. BBC Test Match Special's Geoff Boycott
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Geoff Boycott  

    "I can't stand those boring interviews when the players just say what the PR people tell them to say. Let me and Ian Chappell do the interviews, then we'd have some fun!"

  36. 2335 Commentary  

    A colleague here\u00a0in the office reports that "Twitter is over capacity". Three quick wickets and the whole internet may crash...

  37. SMS  

    From Anonymous: "So this what all the Aussie supporters are off doing. A mass rain dance!"

  38. SMS  

    From Dan in Bristol: "What do you call an Aussie holding a six inch urn above his head? The England bowling coach!"

  39. 2339 THE SUN IS OUT  

    Geoff Boycott and Ian Chappell on TMS are discussing the relative strengths of the South African side, and Boycs chuckles when "spinner" Paul Harris is mentioned. "Ah, the buffet bowler!" he says - while Chappelli blames the SA tactics for turning Harris into a negative bowler. And the covers are coming off...

  40. BBC Test Match Special's Ian Chappell
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Ian Chappell  

    "If Australia had only been just beaten, there would have been a temptation to do a Band-aid job. But having been beaten so heavily, Cricket Australia will hopefully look at the whole system, as I'm not sure it's still producing the required standard of players. If there's a 25-year-old player blocking up a place and an 18-year-old with a chance of playing for Australia, the 25-year-old has got to go."

  41. 2343 RAIN STOPS PLAY  

    Raining again, covers going back on. Boo...

  42. Commentary  

    From Matt, Melbourne, TMS inbox: "Re: Anonymous rain dance comment [2335]. Trust me, the Aussies aren\u2019t doing a rain dance - they\u2019ve spent the last week or so sulking, telling us Poms how we\u2019re all poor losers and now totally refuse to acknowledge that cricket is actually still being played. It\u2019s great!"

  43. Commentary  

    From Jamie Bird, TMS inbox: "Not all is lost. Australia still has world class spinners. There's the redback, the funnel web..."

  44. 2348 RAIN STOPS PLAY  

    The square is now completely covered. The SCG ground staff are wearing light blue polo shirts, not unlike 80s/early 90s England ODI shirts.

  45. BBC Sport's James Pearce
    Contributor BBC Sport's James Pearce  

    On Twitter: "The Australians say they want to learn from this English team, but they don't need to steal our weather too."

  46. 2351 Commentary  

    Great chat with legends Ian Chappell and Geoff Boycott on TMS. Looking ahead to the World Cup, Chappelli thinks Australia have a dilemma - do they bring Ponting back (if fit)? Where does he bat? Or do they go forward with Clarke, who's struggled for runs since moving to number four? (He also thinks Punter's finished as Test captain). Meanwhile, Boycott wonders whether the Aussie selectors themselves will be asked to clear their desks...

  47. 2353 Commentary  

    Email from the ECB - James Anderson will be rested from the two T20 internationals and the first three ODIs against Australia. He'll return to the UK for a complete break from cricket for 10 days. Steven Finn will stay with the ODI squad in Jimmy's absence before joining the England Lions tour of the Windies.

  48. BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan Agnew
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Jonathan Agnew  

    On Twitter: "Covers coming off..."

  49. 2358 Commentary  

    Well, that will give Jimmy A some time with his new baby (who he flew back to see being born between the Adelaide and Perth Tests). Also flying home tomorrow will be Alastair Cook and Monty Panesar, who aren't in the ODI squad. Neither is Matt Prior, who\u00a0is staying to play for Victoria in Australia's domestic T20 competition, the Big Bash.

  50. 0000 Commentary  

    If you didn't hear earlier, fast bowling coach David Saker (an Aussie) has signed a three-year contract extension with England, so there will be no repeat of the situation where Troy Cooley returned to Australia after the 2005 Ashes win. You can read more on the BBC Sport website. We should be ready to resume any time.

  51. SMS  

    From Gareth: "Irritating as the rain is, it is quite wonderful listening to TMS with a glass of red. Maxwell + Boycott = awesome."

  52. 0002 Commentary  

    England fielders walking out, followed by the reluctant-looking Aussie batsman. Under way in a minute.

  53. 0005 Commentary Aus 230-7  

    Tremlett has to complete his over - two deliveries left. The first is down the leg side, the second is turned off his legs by Siddle... just wide of the man at square leg, and they run a double.

  54. 0010 Commentary Aus 236-7  

    Tim Bresnan replaces Anderson - come on the Prince of\u00a0Pontefract! Smith hangs his bat out to steer a well-run three through the covers. Siddle shovels a two off his legs and a quick single to cover, this stand is now worth 65 and Australia trail by 128. New ball is available in six overs' time...

  55. Commentary  

    From Rob, Essex, TMS inbox: "If Jimmy Anderson was Australian, what would he be? An all-rounder."

  56. 0013 Commentary Aus 244-7  

    Graeme Swann, wicketless in his first 25 overs, replaces Tremlett and Siddle spears a single before Smith has a big heave-ho over the covers and they scamper three. Siddle, who is looking very accomplished for a number nine, blasts the last ball for four when Swann drops it too short.

  57. BBC Sport's James Pearce
    Contributor BBC Sport's James Pearce  

    On Twitter: "Lovely moment as Barny Army sing "Colly we love you", and Collingwood takes off his cap and waves at them."

  58. 0017 Commentary Aus 248-7  

    Smith fluently cuts Bresnan for four, the Aussies are 116 away from making England bat again and Bres kicks at the turf in the manner of Angus Fraser. Meanwhile, there are a couple of England fans in full brown animal suits in the crowd. Are they bears? Mooses (at least one appears to have antlers)? Whatever they are, they're doing the sprinkler dance!

  59. SMS  

    From Jon, Berks: "I think that the rain has ruined Australia's chances of winning this Test."

  60. Twitter  

    From archkeegan: "After all the talk of a public parade of English cricketers, would us Aussies be invited to a public lynching of our team? On second thoughts, we've already been lynched by the English. The only way we retain the Ashes is by cremating our team and makin a new urn."

  61. 0019 Commentary Aus 252-7  

    Siddle pushes Swann for a couple of twos, he's on 42 and that's his highest Test score - beating the 40 he scored at Melbourne. "He's definitely got all-rounder potential," notes Vic Marks on TMS.

  62. Commentary  

    From Alan, TMS inbox: "Must be quite a novelty for the Aussies to face a second new ball - hopefully not for long as I have to be up early tomorrow."

  63. 0024 Commentary Aus 257-7  

    If you're just joining us, it's been a frustrating morning for England - as the situation remains that they need to take three wickets to win the match and the series. Smith steers Bresnan for a single, then a bouncer over Siddle's head is signalled as an aerial wide. Bresnan is leaking ones and twos - and a stat shows that both Siddle and Smith have now scored more runs than Ricky Ponting in this series! Vic on TMS wonders about the sentiment of throwing the ball to the retiring Paul Collingwood just before the new ball is available...

  64. WICKET Siddle c Anderson b Swann 43 (Aus 257-8)  

    Siddle swats Swann to leg, and it's straight down Anderson's throat in front of the Barmy Army at deep mid-wicket! One down, two to go...

  65. 0029 Commentary Aus 257-8  

    Ben Hilfenhaus is the new batsman, but he's not on strike as they crossed on the catch. Andrew the scorer reveals that Ponting and Clarke (combined) average 19.18 for the series, while\u00a0Siddle averages\u00a019.25.

    Apologies if some of our stats haven't updated since the rain delay, but stick with me on the live text and I'll keep you updated...

  66. 0033 Commentary Aus 261-8 - NEW BALL AVAILABLE  

    Hilfenhaus is stout in defence against Bresnan, with three slips and a gully waiting for that edge. Gentle Ben is off the mark with a fluent cover drive for three, Smith moves on to 41 with a single (his highest Test score is 77 against Pakistan at Headingley last year). And the second new ball is available.

    And there's advance warning on TMS that there's a Shipping Forecast coming up at 0050 GMT (sadly an immovable one) - so if you're\u00a0following TMS on 198 LW, you may wish to\u00a0retune to BBC 5 live sports extra or listen online.

  67. 0038 APPEAL - NOT OUT Aus 266-8 - NEW BALL TAKEN  

    Interesting move - the new ball is taken, but it's Chris Tremlett rather than James Anderson brandishing the new cherry. Smith heaves towards deep backward square leg, but safely, and they run a single. "I think Hilfenhaus may have a bit of a swish", says Vic Marks on TMS. The big seamer leg-glances a loose delivery from Tremlett for four, and England's lead is now under 100. Hilfenhaus is hit on the pad, there's an appeal... but it looked high. No review (we've not had many in this Test, to be honest).

  68. Commentary  

    From David, TMS inbox: "With Australia unlikely to bring England out to bat, Hussey has finished the series not only with the best batting figures for Australia, but on one basis, economy rate, the best bowling figures!"

  69. WICKET Hilfenhaus c Prior b Anderson 7 (Aus 267-9)  

    Single from Smith, Hilfenhaus nicks one and Anderson collects his 24th wicket of the series! Start the car - England are one wicket from winning the series!

  70. 0045 Commentary Aus 269-9  

    And so, with the Champagne on ice, we must first have Beer. Aussie number 11 Michael Beer is off the mark with a two.

    And yet another ECB press release tells us that Craig Kieswetter has been ruled out of the upcoming T20 series with an abscess, and will have minor surgery. His replacement will be his erstwhile T20 opening partner Michael Lumb.

  71. 0049 Commentary Aus 275-9  

    Smith nudges Tremlett for two, then a\u00a0fierce pull towards the Barmy Army at cow corner brings him three, exposing Beer to the strike with three deliveries remaining. Can Tremlett seal the deal? There's four slips, a gully and a helmeted short leg in - Beer defends his stumps. He gets an edge to the fifth ball, but it only reaches Anderson at fourth slip on the bounce. Beer shoulders arms to the last ball, and lives to fight another over...

  72. SMS  

    From Jack: "Let Colly have his final Test wicket!"

  73. BBC Sport's James Pearce
    Contributor BBC Sport's James Pearce  

    On Twitter: "'Prior Prior give us a wave' and yes of course he's now waving at Barmy Army too. And now Swann's turn. Huge roars from the stands."

  74. 0053 Commentary SMITH FIFTY - Aus 280-9  

    Smith rocks back and cuts Anderson for four, that's his second Test fifty from 85 balls. Smith's batting is more artisan than artist, an ugly shot brings him a single, and Beer survives once more.

  75. Commentary  

    From Paul in Kent, TMS inbox: "What a great feeling this is for England fans - and how different to the feeling when Strauss was out third ball in Brisbane and Siddle's hat-trick later on. What a team!"

    I was at the Gabba to watch that, it seems such a long time ago...

  76. WICKET Beer b Tremlett 2 (Aus 281 all out)  

    The Barmies are still on their feet, Smith smears Tremlett to deep square leg but then refuses to take the single. The youngster is all ugly cross-batted strokes, one of which brings him a single,\u00a0then Beer is bowled by Tremlett - edging onto his stumps - and it's all over!



  78. BBC Test Match Special's Geoff Boycott
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Geoff Boycott  

    "I think that even\u00a0in most of our wildest dreams, three innings victories was more than we could have expected."

  79. BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce at the SCG
    Contributor BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce at the SCG  

    On Twitter: "Wallop! Farewell, Michael Beer's stumps, hello Ashes glory. There ain't no party like an SCG-club party..."

  80. SMS  

    From Anonymous: "In Affectionate Remembrance of AUSTRALIAN CRICKET, which died in SYDNEY on 7th January 2011, Deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing friends and acquaintances. R.I.P. N.B. - The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to England."

  81. SMS  

    From Andrew, Nottingham: "Congratulations to England. Commitment, determination, enjoyment of their sport, the pride of playing for their country and sheer hard work have resulted in a 3-1 humiliation of the Aussies. Our football team could learn a few lessons. Well done boys."

  82. Commentary  

    From Christian Reilly, TMS inbox: "Champagne corks popping here in the USA.\u00a0Three wins by an innings. Who would have imagined that? Amazing effort by all the lads. Cook man of the series for me. What a way to sign off for Colly. From a corner of England here far afield, we salute you!"

  83. BBC Test Match Special's Geoff Boycott
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Geoff Boycott  

    "If you're asking me whether Michael Clarke should be the next Australian leader... I think they should be looking for someone else. He's lucky there's not any really good West Indian quicks around at the moment, as they really would bomb him."

  84. 0108 Commentary  

    Aggers is down on the SCG outfield, we'll bring you some reaction as soon as he gets some. Michael Vaughan expects that they'll be singing the team song. And I'm sure the atmosphere around the SCG is in stark contrast to four years ago, when Australia were celebrating a thumping 5-0 win.

  85. BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Michael Vaughan  

    "I'm about to present the crystal Ashes urn to Andrew Strauss, and I'm a bit nervous as with my record of catching, I may drop it!"

  86. Commentary  

    England & Wales Cricket Board chairman Giles Clarke on TMS: "I'm so proud to be here. We were properly prepared, well managed and we have to congratulate the selectors on the outstanding job they've done."

  87. 0110 Commentary  

    Annoyingly for Aggers, it's just starting to rain, he hopes his radio equipment is waterproof.

  88. SMS  

    From Rob in London: "Congratulations to England on a fantastic series win and all the TMS team for brilliant coverage. A day to remember and savour."

  89. 0112 Commentary  

    Cap'n Strauss is leading his players out of their dressing room, they're all high-fiving England fans as they walk out. In their smart blue England caps (rather than the sponsor-emblazoned caps, which is nice).

  90. Commentary  

    England all-rounder Paul Collingwood (retiring from Test cricket) on TMS: "I'm ecstatic, very proud to have been involved in a great England team and it's the right moment to go. We've got to thank the English supporters, they've had so many tours out here like last time when we were beaten 5-0 but they deserve this more than anyone. It doesn't get any better than this, this is why we play the game to savour moments like this. This team will move forward with better players coming in, but I've taken my game as far as I can in Test cricket, I've\u00a0given it my all and I'm happy. I'm obviously disappointed not to have scored more runs, but four years ago I scored a double century and we lost 5-0, so I'd rather have it this way round."

  91. 0117 Commentary  

    Aggers asks Colly to do the sprinkler dance with him, Colly refuses but says it'll be nice to watch him do it.

  92. Commentary  

    England batsman Jonathan Trott on TMS: "It's been a hard slog but very worthwhile. We've had a lot of support, both out here and back home. I had a good summer but I was pleased to continue my good form out here."

    Alastair Cook is announced as man of the series, winning the Compton-Miller Medal.

  93. Commentary  

    Man of the series (and the match) Alastair Cook: "It's been an amazing series for me, I couldn't have imagined this seven weeks ago so I'm delighted. The 200 was a very special moment, but every Test hundred is special. Our bowlers have been fantastic in the series, making our job as batters so much easier."

  94. Commentary  

    More from Cookie on TMS: "An amazing day, and an amazing seven weeks. I think it's going to take me a while to get over this. The support we've had, both here and back home with the entire country behind us, has been outstanding - not just the Barmy Army, all the English fans. The conditions here have been a lot more friendly for batting, and the consistency of selection we've had makes the players confident. Hopefully I've repaid the selectors' faith. The hundreds are incredible, but the feelings of winning at the MCG and here have been even better. We've done something very special. I'm gutted not to be in the one-day squad, but the selectors have been pretty right for a while."

  95. Commentary  

    England captain Andrew Strauss: "You need strength in depth on a tour like this, and it's been an outstanding tour - the players, the backroom staff and the players who haven't played on this tour have done an outstanding job. Paul Collingwood will be a massive loss, and our physio Kirk Russell who's leaving after this Test. I'd like to thank our supporters who have been outstanding across all five Test matches, and our families, wives, kids and parents."


    Michael Vaughan hands Andrew Strauss the Waterford crystal urn, then the replica Ashes urn and the players go wild! THE ASHES BELONG TO ENGLAND!

  97. 0127 Commentary  

    Cap'n Strauss holds the little urn, First Mate Cook holds the crystal urn and they call all the backroom staff onto the podium for photos.

  98. Commentary  

    England batsman Ian Bell on TMS: "It's nice to contribute in a Test win like this - an Ashes hundred is a monkey off my back, but this tour has been fantastic - we've worked hard, played hard and all the support we've had has been unbelievable. Hopefully it's caught the imagination of a lot of people."

  99. Commentary  

    England seamer Steven Finn on TMS: "I'm gutted not to have played here, but I was happy with what I did in the first three Tests, and the people who have replaced me have won the last two games. We're thoroughly enjoying this."

  100. SMS  

    From Rich, Sussex: "And people were worried when Broad went home. What a fantastic squad effort. Congratulations to all!"

  101. 0133 Commentary  

    The England squad, on a lap of honour, have a bit of a love-in with the Barmy Army, posing for pictures with those lucky enough to be in the front row of the stand. "We used to be a bit sniffy about the Barmies, but they've been a fantastic asset to English cricket and they've behaved impeccably," says Vic Marks on TMS.

  102. BBC Test Match Special's Vic Marks
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Vic Marks  

    "I've just cast my eye over to the Australian team, shoulders slumped, slinking off. This is what England have had to cope with on all those tours over here."

  103. Commentary  

    England wicketkeeper Matt Prior on TMS: "For the first time, I'm speechless. This is just phenomenal. All the hard work was done by the time I got to the wicket - I know what a massive hurdle it was for Ian Bell to get a hundred in Australia, and it was just left to me to flash the willow and ride my luck a little bit. I've been happy with the way I've kept because as a keeper you always want to be consistent. I think it's dangerous if you're relying on winning to create team spirit - but this was a tight unit, we stuck together and the team spirit has got us over the line."

  104. Commentary  

    From Hamza, Birmingham, TMS inbox: "Ruined my sleeping pattern for the last month or so but worth every bit of it! Finally our country gets success. Well played lads... hats off to you Cook!"

  105. BBC Sport's Oliver Brett
    Contributor BBC Sport's Oliver Brett  

    "This series will take its place in history as one of England's finest performances in any post-war rubber. Anderson has the best haul of wickets by an Englishman down under since Frank "Typhoon" Tyson in 1954-55, and yet he misses out on the series award thanks to Alastair Cook's glut of 766 runs. Strauss joins Sir Len Hutton and Mike Brearley to become the third England captain to win Ashes series at home and away. It is the first time any team has won three Tests by an innings in a single series away from home. Do not underestimate the scale of this achievement, however weak you think the Australians are."

  106. Commentary  

    England captain Andrew Strauss on TMS: "We've broken the urn, fortunately it's not the real one! We played three outstanding Test matches and to win the Ashes here in style will be something which will live long in my memory. The bowlers were superb on day one, the batsman got stuck in and Alastair Cook has capped off an unbelievable tour, Belly getting a ton was great for him, and it's been an amazing series. Getting out third ball in Brisbane wasn't in the script, but to come back strongly at Brisbane and after Perth showed we've got the ingredients to become a very good side. We've worked hard on the reverse swing, you've got to be very anal with the way you treat the ball and keep it dry. We want to be the number one team in the world and we play India soon\u00a0but we believe we can beat anyone now."

  107. Commentary  

    England spinner Graeme Swann on TMS: "Turning up this morning, we only needed three wickets but with the rain hanging around, it was a relief to wrap it up before lunch. I was happy with the way I bowled in three of the games, especially Adelaide, but I felt Melbourne was the best I've bowled in an England shirt, even though I only got two wickets. It's a difficult balance to get a group of blokes who really like each other, but if you put a happy mix of people together with victories, you're going to get success. We're putting the sprinkler away now, although I might do it if I ever win BBC Sports Personality of the Year!"

  108. 0146 Commentary  

    I think this is it! Aggers is going to do the sprinkler dance! He hands his equipment to Vic Marks... and he's doing it! Vic criticises him for doing it in front of the SCG members rather than the Barmy Army...

  109. BBC Test Match Special's Geoff Boycott
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Geoff Boycott  

    "He should have done it in front of the Barmy Army, but he was about 300 yards from them!"

  110. Commentary  

    Australia captain Michael Clarke: "They certainly deserve it - they've outplayed us in every facet of the game, they even caught as well as I've seen any team catch. We've had a lot of support from the Australian public and I urge them to get out and support us in the one-dayers and the T20 matches. All the boys are disappointed, we wanted to do better - I remember this feeling from 2005 in England and it hurts even more in your own country. You've got to feel this pain, but it will make us stronger. England adapted to Australian conditions well and planned really well, but we couldn't execute our skills for long enough and England were the complete opposite. Being one of the leaders of this group, I've got to be one of the leading run-scorers and I didn't score enough runs."

  111. SMS  

    From Nige, Plymouth: "My money is on Tremlett and Bresnan being the last men standing tonight!! Awesome absolute awesome! How am I meant to sleep now? Sicky tomorrow!"

  112. Twitter  

    From former England star Andrew Flintoff: "I thought the presentation was awful. Forgot Cooky's medal, no champagne, no individual medals. The boys deserved better than that! Disgraceful!"

  113. 0155 Commentary  

    Breaking news - Michael Clarke reveals that he has just told the Aussie players that he's retired from Twenty20 internationals - so Australia need to find a T20 captain from somewhere between now and Wednesday.

    With such a short time before the games, will they go for an interim captain like Mike "Mr Cricket" Hussey? He's about the only batsman who's guaranteed his place in the team...

  114. Commentary  

    From Jake, Newquay, TMS inbox: "I'd like to add my voice to the no doubt cacophonous chorus of people demanding that Aggers repeat his 'sprinkler' in front of the video cameras at the earliest opportunity..."

  115. BBC Test Match Special's Geoff Boycott
    Contributor BBC Test Match Special's Geoff Boycott  

    On Paul Collingwood's Test retirement: "When you wake up in the morning and don't really feel like going to work, that's the time to stop playing and get another job."

  116. Commentary  

    From Mr D, NZ (and ex Plymouth), TMS inbox: "Re: Nige, Plymouth - don't forget Tremlett has already downed his first Beer of the day."

  117. Commentary  

    From Stu, TMS inbox: "24 years, that's longer than I've been listening to the cricket. I really have to congratulate the commentary team as I've been consistently glued to my radio, I'm not sure what's happening in the real world but come the apocalypse I'd like to be sat in a bunker listening to you on the radio. Please tell the bosses that Cricket on LW radio is my life and if they stop it I'll cry."

  118. BBC Sport's James Pearce
    Contributor BBC Sport's James Pearce  

    On Twitter: "I was with Barmy Army as England did lap of honour. Strauss held out trophy so fans in front row could touch as he went past. Fantastic!"

  119. 0205 Commentary  

    Here's what you've all been waiting for - Aggers has posted his sprinkler dance on Twitter!

  120. SMS  

    From Anonymous: "Can you confirm the time GMT for the T20s? Time to continue the celebrations!"

    Certainly. They're on Wednesday 12th (Adelaide) and Friday 14th (Melbourne) - and they're day-nighters, so they start at 0835 GMT. Each game is preceded by\u00a0a women's T20 international on the same ground, they begin at 0335 GMT.

  121. Commentary  

    From Jemima Hardman, TMS inbox: "Having landed in Australian 4 years ago, almost to the day, and had to settle into a new country taunting England\u2019s cricketing prowess, I am now sitting proudly in the same Sydney office, in my England shirt surrounded by silent sulking Aussies. It is bliss!"

  122. 0220 Commentary  

    You can now listen to highlights of the final day's play on BBC 5 live sports extra - and after a memorable Ashes series, we're going to wrap up the live text. Thanks to all of you who have followed the series with us, whether you've been emailing and texting in, or just drifting in and out of sleep every time there's a wicket on TMS! On behalf of all of us here at BBC Sport, thanks for your company - and I wish you a pleasant (rest of the) night's sleep!

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  • England beat Australia by an innings and 83 runs
  • Australia: 280 & 281 (84.4 overs)
  • England: 644 (177.5 overs)
  • Venue: Sydney

Australia 2nd Innings

All out
Player outReason Bowledby Runs
Total all out 281
Watson run out (Pietersen) 38
Hughes c Prior b Bresnan 13
Khawaja c Prior b Anderson 21
Clarke c Prior b Anderson 41
Hussey c Pietersen b Bresnan 12
Haddin c Prior b Tremlett 30
Smith not out 54
Johnson b Tremlett 0
Siddle c Anderson b Swann 43
Hilfenhaus c Prior b Anderson 7
Beer b Tremlett 2
Extras 2nb 3w 11b 4lb 20

see also
England seal Ashes series triumph
07 Jan 11 |  England
Coach Saker extends England deal
06 Jan 11 |  England
Anderson to miss ODI series start
07 Jan 11 |  England
England close on Ashes series win
06 Jan 11 |  England
Jonathan Agnew column
06 Jan 11 |  England
Justin Langer column
06 Jan 11 |  Cricket
England deserve success - Watson
06 Jan 11 |  England
Collingwood ends his Test career
05 Jan 11 |  England
England in Australia 2010-11
08 Oct 09 |  Cricket

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