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England vs Australia, 5th Test, The Ashes 2013

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The England team walks out for a lap of honour. That's a good note for us to bid goodbye as well. We've enjoyed the Ashes a lot and hope you had fun following it with us as well. Do join us for a lot more cricket in the future. Goodbye for now.
The Champagne has been cracked open and the players go delirious as Cook lifts the famous urn. Fireworks blaze away in the background. They played hard and deserve to celebrate their success.
Cook: 'It would have been nice to finish off. The rules and regulations are there for a reason. The umpires have a strict guidline. Fair play to the Australians as well. They pushed the game forward today. We knew they were going to push for a win and our goal was to make it difficult for them. The crowd has been amazing on all five days in all the other 4 Tests. Bell was outstanding with his hundreds at crucial times. We can be very proud of what they have done. I think this is the proudest moment of my life.'
The English players walk up to collect their medals now.
Clarke: 'Credit to England. They played really well. The concern from our players was that the reading was taken so late. It was about 8.1 at Manchester but here it was around 5. We try to set up every game for a win. England deserve a lot of credit for the way they've played. The result says 3-0 so it does not matter what I think. We played a fantastic brand of cricket in the last 3 Tests. The bowlers have done an excpetional job throughout. England and Alastair Cook outplayed us. Credit to them. We've got some work to do.'
The Australian players walk up to collect their medals and it's nice to hear the crowd clap and cheer them on. There have been some bitter moments but the series has certainly entertained everyone. Just as I type that, Clarke is singled out for boos.
Ian Bell: 'On a personal note, it's nice to contribute. Every Ashes win is a special one. Getting hundreds helps the team win Test matches. It was nice to get better and better as the series went on. I learned some big lessons and there are some good senior players to help me with that. We've had to fight for every win. We're looking forward to a break from Test cricket because it's been hard work.'
Harris: 'I've tweaked my right hamstring but not too bad I hope. I enjoyed the opportunity. Test cricket is a challenge. I wanted to play 5 Tests. Unfortunately the result did not go our way but we'll see how it goes in Australia. I'll go home and get this twinge right. It's been good fun bowling in England. There have been some good battles and I've enjoyed every second of it.'
The Australian Man of the Series is Ryan Harris.
The England Man of the series will be Ian Bell.
Watson: 'After yesterday, we were expecting a similar day. I suppose the light came to rescue us in some ways I suppose. After losing a day in rain, we were trying to win the game. Things had to fall our way to get 10 wickets but the crowd got something to see. That's what we're here for. Great entertainment. It's been very frustrating for me, especially through the series. I had to do some tinkering work. It was a challenge but that is what I look forward to. I enjoy batting at No. 3.'
Shane Watson is the Man of the Match.
Round boos for the umpires as they walk up. Aleem Dar raises his hands at the crowd and is enjoying the moment. That was good to see.
KP is taking a video of the entire ground on his phone while his team-mates enjoy with some pints in the background.
Pietersen: 'We had to go for it today and we went for it. It was a shame that rain washed out day 4. I just wanted to get through the stages. I was in a bubble of my own. I love the Oval. Anytime we win for England, it is a great feeling.'

Match details

Toss : Australia won the toss and elected to bat first

Man of the Series : Ian Bell, Ryan Harris

Umpires : Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka)

TV umpire : Tony Hill (New Zealand)

Match referee : Roshan Mahanama (Sri Lanka)

Teams

England : Alastair Cook(c), Joe Root, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Matt Prior(wk), Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Simon Kerrigan, James Anderson.

Australia : Chris Rogers, David Warner, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke(c), Steven Smith, Brad Haddin(wk), James Faulkner, Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon.

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