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Last Updated: Tuesday, 13 September 2005, 09:08 GMT 10:08 UK
Ashes awards
By Chris Charles

Andrew Flintoff, Shane Warne and Oscar statuette (A.M.P.A.S.)

Men of the series:
Shane Warne and Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff.

"You've just dropped the Ashes" award:
Warne, for dropping Kevin Pietersen on 15 at The Oval. Pietersen went on to score 158 to effectively win the Ashes for England.

Oops butter-fingers:
Pietersen and Geraint Jones, who between them put down more catches than a one-armed juggler.

Best supporting role:
England substitute fielder Gary Pratt, who ran out Australian captain Ricky Ponting at Trent Bridge to help England to victory.

Whingeing Aussie:
Ricky Ponting, after he responded to Pratt's heroics with a torrent of abuse.

Most annoying catchphrase:
"Nice area, Shane!" (Aussie wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist).

Best comedy moment:
Australian players returning from a bad light break at The Oval all wearing sunglasses, to show how they judged the conditions.

Best comedy injury:
Glenn McGrath, who forced himself out of the Edgbaston Test when he trod on a cricket ball as he played rugby with his team-mates.

Jason Gillespie
Where's ya caravan?

Top speech:
"I've felt like putting a sign out saying 'The caravan's in for repairs'" - Jason Gillespie responds to repeated taunts of "Where's your caravan?" from England fans.

Me and my big mouth:
Matthew Hoggard, who said of Warne and McGrath before Lord's: "They are getting on a little bit. It will be interesting to see if they have the firepower to bowl us out twice." The pair went on to take 15 wickets between them in that Test.

Me and my big mouth too:
McGrath responds by predicting a 5-0 Ashes whitewash for Australia.

Worst decision:
Ricky Ponting wins the toss and puts England in at Edgbaston. England rack up 407 and go on to win match by two runs.

Inspector Gadget impersonation:
Andrew Strauss for somehow extending his left arm to take a wonder catch from Adam Gilchrist.

Crayon Game of Andrew Strauss' catch

Banner of the series:
"I missed my wedding for this" (on the last day of the final Test at The Oval).

Original choreography:
England fans' rain dance with umbrellas.

Good on yer, sport:
Flintoff for the consoling arm that went around Brett Lee after the Aussies just missed out at Edgbaston.

The joy of six:
Kevin Pietersen, who hammered a record seven sixes in an innings at The Oval, passing Ian Botham's total of six at Old Trafford in 1981.

Best unoriginal song:
"Singing In The Rain" from the England fans at The Oval.

Showing your age:
Tony "welcome to this telecast" Greig.

You'll never play for England again:
Ian Bell, who has looked like the proverbial rabbit trapped in headlights for the last few weeks.

I fumble for ya:
Shaun Tait who struggled in the field, much to the delight of the England fans.

Top gatecrasher:
Paul Collingwood. He comes in for one Test and England win the Ashes.

What a waste of money:
England fans who cheered the suspension of play through bad light at The Oval, despite paying 60 a ticket.

Bruce Forsyth golden syrup award:
Shane Warne, who reversed the old adage "hair today, gone tomorrow" with a visit to a specialist clinic.

Ball of the series:
Shane Warne gets one to turn a mile from outside off-stump to bowl Andrew Strauss at Edgbaston.

Ricky Ponting
I'll just have a Band Aid, mate

Balls of the series:
Ricky Ponting, who refused to go off to have stitches after having his cheek slit open by a bouncer from Steve Harmison at Lord's.

Are you Shane Warne in disguise?:
Ashley Giles after removing Damien Martyn at Old Trafford with a beaut of a ball.

Lotta bottle:
The England selectors, who refused to panic after the crushing defeat at Lord's and would have named an unchanged side throughout the series but for injury to Simon Jones.

Silly haircut:
Even Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne are out-mulleted by Kevin Pietersen.

Godlike genius:
Richie Benaud.

Richie Benaud comment of the series:
"The thing to remember is don't jump for joy" (to a group of fans perched on rooftops watching the match).

The it's not over till it's over award:
Officials who delayed England's victory celebrations at The Oval with some pedantic mutterings about the light - even though the Australians had long since accepted defeat.




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