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LONDON---Australia defeated England by
an innings and 46 runs yesterday in the fifth
and final Ashes test for a consolation victory
at The Oval.
Resuming the fourth day on 203-6, England
was all out for 286 in 101.4 overs. Jos Buttler
went for 42, driving Mitchell Marsh to Mitchell
Starc at mid-off, and Moeen Ali was out for
35.Peter Siddle claimed 4-35 on a rain-hit day
as Australia won with more than a day to
England had an insurmountable 3-1 lead in
the series, having regained the urn by winning
the fourth test at Trent Bridge.
But Australia will take some comfort in
losing 3-2, rather than 4-1, in captain Michael
Clarke s last test.
The fifth test took on a familiar pattern
with the side gaining the first significant
advantage going on to win. None of the five
tests lasted their full five days in a series full
of batting collapses.
At The Oval England never looked in the
match after Australia s first innings of 481 ---
with Steven Smith scoring 143 --- and was
forced to follow on after a first-innings 149.
The hosts lost their last four wickets for 83
runs Sunday either side of a two-hour rain
Siddle made the first breakthrough of an
increasingly overcast day, under floodlights in
his second over with the second new ball.
He beat Mark Wood s forward prod and
overturned an initial not-out lbw decision on
Buttler had worked hard the previous
evening, alongside Alastair Cook, to regain
form in the attempted rearguard.
But he gave it all away disappointingly eight
short of his 50, to the 107th ball he faced,
when he chipped Marsh on the up to a tum-
Moeen and Stuart Broad then batted for 10
overs together - long enough for the forecast
rain to arrive and delay the inevitable.
But Broad lasted only five more minutes,
on the resumption, bowled off-stump after
missing a drive at the admirable Siddle.
The last act of an oddly uneven series then
came when Moeen wafted an edge behind off
the same bowler.
Overall, England will still be delighted to
win a series it was widely expected to lose,
while Clarke wanted --- and got --- a successful
send-off in his 115th and last match.
England captain Alastair Cook
saluted his "underdogs" as they
celebrated a famous Ashes series
Cook s side lost the final Test
at The Oval by an innings and 46
runs, but won the series 3-2 and
reclaimed the Ashes.
England were hammered 5-0
in Australia 2012-13, destroyed by
the pace of Mitchell Johnson. The
Aussies were favourites going into
this summer s campaign, but Eng-
land s victories at Cardiff, Edg-
baston and Trent Bridge won the
Cook said: "You ve seen how
strong Australia are in this game.
So to have beaten them three times
is a huge credit to the guys here.
"We ve played some really good
cricket at crucial moments. It s
been a great series to be part of.
The crowds have been absolutely
fantastic at all five venues.
"Away from the ground the sup-
port has been absolutely amazing.
So from all the players, we thank
"I honestly believed at the start
of the series that this was a really
talented group of players who
could surprise me. I think being
underdogs at the start of the series
helped us. There was not much
pressure on us really. So we could
go and play with that bit of free-
Australia coach Darren Lehmann was
proud of his team s victory in the fifth
Investec Ashes Test at The Oval -- but admit-
ted England deserved their series win.
The Aussies won the dead rubber at The
Oval by an innings and 46 runs, but went
down 3-2 in the series.
Lehmann said: "That s how we should play.
It s a good fightback after losing the Ashes.
To play that way was a lot better. But full
credit to England. They deserved to win the
Ashes. They outplayed us.
"If you look at all the stats, I think we had
three of the top five run-getters, and four of
the top five bowlers. But they won the key
moments and we didn t do that. We won this
Test match and Lord s but...not good enough
in the others.
"It was an unbelievable series -- none of
them went five days. I think once they got on
top they really kept the pedal to the metal
and really pushed hard for the victory."
Much was made throughout the series about
some of the selection decisions made by the
Australians. The omission of Peter Siddle at
Trent Bridge -- where he has huge experience
having played for Nottinghamshire -- was one
major talking point.
Shane Warne believes the selection panel
made some crucial mistakes, but Lehmann
insists they got most of their decisions right.
"I don t think we were too bad to be honest.
I know Warney gives it a lot," he said. "That s
the way Shane Warne is. From our point of
view we might have messed up at Trent Bridge
-- the Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh [decision,
when Mitchell was dropped for his batsman
"There are a lot of things behind the scenes
when you are making decisions -- we are obvi-
ously trying to get it right as best as we can.
You have to work out what is going to win
the game, what is going to get you 20 wick-
Lehmann did hint however that there is
some doubt whether they were right to select
both their left-arm fast bowlers, Mitchell
Johnson and Mitchell Starc.
"We put some faith in our two left-armers
-- whether that was the right balance or not,
we might have to look back on that," he said.
Lehmann admits he would like to see more
Australians playing county cricket so they can
get used to playing in English conditions.
Their batsmen were consistently found out
against the swinging and seaming ball.
"All the great players have played county
cricket in the past, and it s a great experience
for them," he said. "It s harder now with the
schedule. Counties want to have them for the
whole year. For us that s a challenge and it s
probably the same for English players in Aus-
But Lehmann remains optimistic for the
"It s a fantastic challenge for us," he said.
"Obviously we ve lost one of our greats today
[the retiring Michael Clarke] and Chris Rogers
as well, who has been a fantastic player for
us. A new captain, a new vice-captain - we ll
Consolation prize for Aussies
Cook hails 'underdogs' victory
Australia's Michael Clarke, centre, waves to the crowd
after winning the fifth Ashes Test match at the Oval
cricket ground in London, yesterday AP PHOTO
Australia 1st Inns: 481
England 1st Inns: 149
England 2nd Inns (o/n 203-6)
Adam Lyth c Clarke b Siddle ....................10
Alastair Cook c Voges b Smith ...............85
Ian Bell c Clarke b Marsh .............................13
Joe Root c Starc b Johnson .......................11
Jonny Bairstow c Voges b Lyon ............26
Ben Stokes c Clarke b Lyon .........................0
Jos Buttler c Starc b Marsh .....................42
Mark Wood lbw b Siddle ...............................6
Moeen Ali c Nevill b Siddle ........................35
Stuart Broad b Siddle .....................................11
Steven Finn not out .......................................... 9
Extras: (12b, 18lb, 7w, 1nb) ........................38
TOTAL: (all out) ...................................286
Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-62, 3-99, 4-140, 5-
140, 6-199, 7-221, 8-223, 9-263.
Bowling: Mitchell Starc 16-4-40-0 (1nb),
Mitchell Johnson 16-2-65-1 (2w), Nathan
Lyon 28-7-53-2, Peter Siddle 24.4-12-35-
4, Mitchell Marsh 16-4-56-2 (1w), Steven
England's captain Alastair Cook holds up the Ashes Urn during the
presentation ceremony on the fourth day of their fifth Ashes cricket
Test against Australia at the Oval cricket ground in London, yesterday.
England won the Ashes series 3-2. AP PHOTO
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