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England hammer Aussies to win Ashes

Published: Monday, August 24, 2009, 10:10 [IST]
 
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England hammer Aussies to win Ashes

Oval: England regained the prestigious Ashes Trophy with a 197-run victory over Australia on the fourth day of the fifth and final test at the Oval on Sunday.

The Aussies, set an improbable target of 546, collapsed to 348 all out in their second innings in the last session of the fifth day . England won the Test match by 197 runs to take the five match series 2-1.

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Swann claimed 4-120 and Steve Harmison took 3/54 but it were the two run outs in six balls that put England on way to victory and sent all-rounder Andrew Flintoff into Test retirement as a winner.

Michael Hussey offered the main resistance, hanging on for almost a full a day to make 121. He was the last man out after tea at the Oval, caught by Alastair Cook off Graeme Swann.

Aussie captain Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey put on a third wicket stand of 127 to halt England's momentum, and it looked likely that the match would go into a fifth day.

But the crucial breakthrough came in the afternoon session when Andrew Flintoff, playing in his final Test, produced a stunning throw to run out Ponting (66).

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Broad was declared man-of-the-match for the five wickets he took in the first-innings to put England firmly in the driving seat.

England on way to victory and sent all-rounder Andrew Flintoff into Test retirement as a winner.

The defeat also meant that Ponting became only the second Australia captain in 132 years of Ashes history to lose two consecutive series on England soil. The other was Australia"s first touring captain Billy Murdoch a century ago. Murdoch lost his second series in 1890.

Australia were always behind once they replied to England's first innings 332 with a below-par 160. The tourists would also regret not being able to win the first Test in Cardiff when they failed to take England's final wicket.

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