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07-22-2005, 06:55 AM
1st Test - Lord's Jul 21-25 2005

Australia VS England

Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath says he could not have scripted his 500th Test cricket wicket any better, having bowled his side to first-day honours in the Ashes cricket opener against England at Lord's.

In a remarkable first day, Australia was bowled out for 190 after winning the toss, but struck back to have the home side 7-92 at stumps.

McGrath, 35, became the fourth man to join the exclusive 500-club when he had England opener Marcus Trescothick (four) caught at third slip off the first ball of the final session and his haul of 5-21 was his 27th bag in Test cricket and his third at Lord's.

Brett Lee (2-34) joined the party with two late wickets.

England's hopes of erasing a 98-run deficit rests with debutant batsman Kevin Pietersen (28 not out).

Fast bowler Steve Harmison was the star for England with 5-43, and along the way he hit Australia's top three batsman, including Ricky Ponting, who suffered a cut cheek when his helmet grille was pushed back into his face.


When the tourists return in four years time, at least nine members of the current 16-man squad - and eight of the 12 selected for last night's series opener at Lord's - are expected to have dropped off the international radar.

This includes the likes of Shane Warne, 35, Glenn McGrath, 35, Adam Gilchrist, 33, Damien Martyn, 33, Matthew Hayden, 33, Justin Langer, 34, Jason Gillespie, 30, and Michael Kasprowicz, 33.

Of the four remaining established players, only captain Ricky Ponting, 30, Simon Katich, 29, Michael Clarke, 24, and Brett Lee, 28, are expected to still be playing at the highest level.

Ponting said the lure of ensuring they never played in a losing Ashes series was helping to drive the likes of McGrath and Warne.

"I don't think there is any doubt about that a lot of those players are getting close to the end of their careers," he said

07-22-2005, 07:06 AM
Go Aussie !!!! Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi!!!!!

07-22-2005, 07:54 AM
First Test, Lord's (stumps, day one):
Australia 190; England 92-7

Andrew Flintoff's first over in Ashes cricket was a wicket maiden - his strike coming when Justin Langer (Australia's top-scorer with 40) top-edged a pull to be caught at square-leg.
Harmison was hostile and accurate for England on the first morning
Simon Jones also struck in his first over of the day when Damien Martyn feathered an edge to wicket-keeper Geraint Jones.
The last wicket of the morning session came when Jones won an lbw decision against Michael Clarke, umpire Rudi Koertzen deliberating for an age before ruling in favour of the bowler.
There was more joy for England after lunch.
Adam Gilchrist hit a breezy 26 before edging Flintoff behind to leave the score 126-6.
Australia then produced their best partnership as Shane Warne (28) and Simon Katich (26) put on 49, but Warne was riding his luck.
The famous leg-spinner finally went to the well once too often and was bowled by Harmison, who two balls later had Katich caught off a top-edged hook.
Brett Lee and Jason Gillespie were then easy fodder for an inspired Harmison and the Aussies were all out in 41 overs before tea.

next match:
04 August 2005 England v Australia, Edgbaston

Go Aussies!!! :b:

07-22-2005, 08:08 AM
Wait till the 2nd Innings. Harmisson aapu vaipparu :sm12:

- Silix

07-23-2005, 07:36 PM
Aussie at the edge of victory!!!! England lost 5 wickets today!!!

07-23-2005, 08:28 PM
I hate the aussies.. :evil: ...don't like the english either..... but in this case i would support the aussies..don't know why.. :00:


07-23-2005, 09:11 PM
England bowlers have done fine, but batting order collapsed. :( Lets see tomorrow.

07-24-2005, 09:00 AM
siva.. why u hate the aussies? n then ur supporting them??? :think:

Australia 2nd Innings
384 all out (100.4 overs)
England 2nd Innings
156 for 5 (48.0 overs)

Australia closing on Test victory

Shane Warne took three wickets after tea on day three as Australia set their sights on victory in the first Test.

When bad light ended the day, England were 156-5, needing a record 420 to win at Lord's, with Kevin Pietersen 42 not out and Geraint Jones unbeaten on six.

All five wickets fell in 13 overs after Marcus Trescothick (44) and Andrew Strauss (37) shared a stand of 80.

England had dropped three catches as Australia posted 384, Simon Katich (67) adding 95 for the last two wickets.

The hosts took strike in mid-afternoon facing a target two runs higher than the highest successful chase ever, by West Indies against Australia in Antigua in 2003.

the aussies seems to be doing well... good on ya boys ;) go Aussies ;)

07-24-2005, 03:47 PM
Aussies won the match by a huge margin of 239 runs.

Good show by both teams!!! :clap:

07-24-2005, 04:00 PM
good on ya Aussies... they won first test of the Ashes... good start ;) :b:

Australia 384 & 190 v England 155 & 180
Australia win by 239 runs

Australia took five wickets in less than an hour to beat England by 239 runs on a rain-hit day four at Lord's.

After a five-hour rain delay, Glenn McGrath took 4-29, including two in three balls, when Geraint Jones and Ashley Giles were caught fending.

Kevin Pietersen became the third player to make a fifty in each innings on debut at Lord's, finishing 64 not out.

But McGrath completed victory by having Simon Jones caught at slip to trigger the Australian celebrations.
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i think mayb McGrath could be man of the match ... he was awesome.. with his 500th wicket..n today's perfomance.. he was awesome on ground ;) :D

07-24-2005, 04:09 PM
I want to see the match again only for the song broadcasted in the end (slow motion edited match events). It is awesome. waah!!! :clap:

08-04-2005, 01:16 PM
im jus seeing this post ... vallu.. wat song was played???

Bomb Threats worry Aussies
A third London bombing would force Jason Gillespie to consider pulling out of the Ashes Tour after admitting "a lot of guys are nervous" about the terror threats. Gillespie last night told a Melbourne radio station "there would be serious questions" about the tour continuing if there was another blast.

"It is very difficult to say, but I would consider it [withdrawing] if another went off," he told 3AW. "I can't speak for anyone else. If something else did happen I would think about it personally, yes."

Following a series of explosions in London on July 7 and 21, Cricket Australia said the security of its players was the top priority, and Paul Marsh, the Australian Cricketers' Association chief executive, told the Courier-Mail he was confident with the advice. But Marsh said he "would have to consider things if another bomb goes off".

Injury rules McGrath out of Test
Australia star Glenn McGrath was ruled out of the second Ashes Test at Edgbaston after tearing ankle ligaments in a freak accident.
McGrath, who tormented England at Lord's with nine wickets, injured his right ankle during a warm-up exercise.

Australia physio Errol Alcott said: "Glenn has suffered a grade two tear of his lateral ankle ligaments.

He added: "He is on crutches and his ankle is being iced and we will see how it responds to treatment."

England takes advantage of Aussie attack
England openers Marcus Trescothick and Andrew Strauss took advantage of an Australian attack missing the injured Glenn McGrath to punch a century stand and give their side control of the second Test at Edgbaston.

With Australia's No.1 strike bowler out of the match after injuring his ankle during the warm-up, England raced to 1-132 at lunch on the back of Trescothick's dazzling 77 not out.

Trescothick smashed 18 runs from Brett Lee's final over of the session - and 13 fours and two sixes in total - to take all the momentum into the home dressing room at the break.

Australia was kept in the contest thanks to a beauty from Shane Warne, whose big-spinning leg break hurried on to Strauss and bowled him for 48 after he put on 112 with his fellow left-hander.

But just as England provided an emphatic statement of resolve after Australia's big win in the first Test at Lord's, the tourists had a nightmare morning.

oh come on aussie u can do it.. without mcgrath :pray::pray:

08-04-2005, 03:44 PM
current score:

England 366-8 v Australia

08-04-2005, 04:00 PM
The reason y aussies taste success in test cricket is : they dominate the last session and today was no exceptional

08-04-2005, 04:10 PM
but they do excel in one day matches too rite :think::think:

katz.. wat u mean by that... i dont really know alot about cricket ... i know wat im watchin thats all ;) :ahha:

08-04-2005, 04:20 PM
England played really well today.

The openers gave a perfect start of 100 runs partnership....and aus were made hard to get the wickets.....

Even in 1st test except last sessions, england played really well....But aussies took wickets at last session....today and also on 1st test

In a test cricket we call session:
Pre-lunch &Post-lunch
Post tea
(there are around 3 sessions in a day)
A two-hour session of play - the morning session.
A 40-minute interval - lunch.
A two-hour session of play - the afternoon session.
A 20-minute interval - tea.
A two-hour session of play - the evening session

Team can taste the victory if they have all (all post tea sessions in 5 day) the post tea sessions in their pockets.

08-05-2005, 02:48 AM
England 407 (79.2 ov) after day 1 ... lets see wat Aus can do ;)

katz.. thanx for the info.. really useful ;) :b:

08-05-2005, 02:40 PM
England 407 v Australia 226-5

Justin Langer and Adam Gilchrist held the key to Australia's innings with the tourists 219-5 at tea on day two of the second Test at Edgbaston.

Langer was on 72 and Gilchrist had five as England held the advantage after making 407 in their first innings.

Ashley Giles had the wickets of Ricky Ponting (61) and Michael Clarke (40).

Langer had opened the innings and shown more patience than others, while England's other two wicket-takers were Andrew Flintoff and Matthew Hoggard.

come on Aussies... u can do it ;)

08-05-2005, 04:26 PM
England dominated the last session of today

Aussies dismissed for 308 and they are 99 runs behind

Tomorrow's game shd be interesting

08-07-2005, 10:30 AM
England set sights on famous win
Second Test, Edgbaston (day three, stumps)
England 407 & 182 v Australia 308 & 175-8

Andrew Flintoff played a starring role as England closed in on victory over Australia in the second Test.

Despite an injured shoulder, Flintoff hit a heroic 73, with four sixes, and was the pick of the bowlers with 3-34.

Michael Clarke fell to the final ball of day three at Edgbaston to leave Australia 175-8, needing 107 more.

Shane Warne had taken 6-46 - 10 wickets for the match - and Brett Lee 4-82 as England posted 182, Flintoff and Simon Jones adding 51 for the last wicket.

On a day in which 17 wickets fell, 332 runs were scored and the evening session lasted three-and-a-half hours, the momentum swung regularly this way and that.

i think eng did play well :(

08-07-2005, 01:59 PM
Aussies lost :ee:

08-08-2005, 06:05 AM
Aussies lost :ee:

not yet D... jus not yet... its 1-1 now...lets see wat happens in Old Trafford for test no3 ;)
heard they r gonna play 5 test... is it???

08-08-2005, 06:11 AM
yahh you are correct, just missed the victory.

go aussie go. go aussie go.

08-08-2005, 06:24 PM
That was close. Thought Shane Warne and Lee would make it through. :) Good thriller.

- Silix

08-11-2005, 02:51 PM
The joy of 600

On leaving the back of his right hand, the ball, gyrating wildly in the air, drifted from middle stump to a foot outside leg before gripping the rough and spitting back across the waiting batsman.

Hearing timber being felled, Mike Gatting, England's wise man in the middle order, looked round in disbelief.

In the wonderful words of Gatting's skipper Graham Gooch: "It looked like someone had nicked his lunch".

In fact, he had just become the first Ashes victim of one Shane Keith Warne - on the same Old Trafford ground where Warne became the first player to pass 600 Test wickets on Thursday afternoon.

Twelve years on from his maiden Ashes Test and Warne - a little heavier, a little less blonde - is still breaking English hearts.


THIRD TEST - MATCH SUMMARY (Old Trafford, Day 1):
England 209-2 v Australia

Aussie Shane Warne became the first player to take 600 Test wickets but Michael Vaughan kept England firmly in control on day one of the third Test.

Warne had Marcus Trescothick caught behind for 63, ending a 137-run stand with Vaughan - England's best second-wicket stand at Old Trafford.

The hosts were 195-2 at tea after winning the toss.

Vaughan raced to 93 after being dropped and bowled on a no-ball off successive Glenn McGrath balls when on 41.

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McGrath is back for the Aussie side... Warne jus got 600 aiming for 700... though seems like eng has a good start.. Aussies u can do it mate ;) Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi!!!!

08-11-2005, 05:21 PM
At Stumps day 1: Eng 341/5

Eng were in control till the 86th over. With the new ball, Lee got two good wickets of Peterson and Hoggard of the last ball. A good day of play.

- Silix

08-13-2005, 11:04 AM
Third Ashes Test, Old Trafford, day three: England 444 v Australia 210-7
Start of play delayed - rain

Clearing skies prompted umpires to call for an inspection, but that was shelved as rain fell again and the lunch break was brought forward to 1200 BST.

Australia are set to resume on 210-7 in reply to England's 444 all out.

If England can polish off the tail quickly, they would then have the option of making the Aussies follow on.

The tourists have not been in that position in a Test match for 17 years.

But skipper Michael Vaughan may be wary of batting fourth with leg-spinner Shane Warne, the most successful bowler in Test history, in the Australian side.

England's left-arm spinner, Ashley Giles, proved on the second day that spin will be a factor in the outcome of the game by taking 3-66 from 21 overs.

"There is still a long way to go. We need to get 13 more Australia wickets to win the game," said Giles.

even if the rain delays the game.. i think Eng will still win.. :(

08-15-2005, 10:16 PM

Aussie saved the test with a draw. :(

302 and 366 for 9 (Ponting 156, Flintoff 4-71) drew with England 444 and 280 for 6 dec


- Silix

08-15-2005, 11:07 PM
Cracking match

08-16-2005, 01:12 AM

Aussie saved the test with a draw. :(

:D :D :D :D

Australia secure nail-biting draw

Australia's last-wicket pair secured a draw in a desperately tense finish to the third Test at Old Trafford to keep the Ashes series level at 1-1.

Captain Ricky Ponting batted for six hours for 156 but was dismissed with 25 balls left, leaving Brett Lee and Glenn McGrath to see Australia to safety.

Man of the match Ponting put on 81 with Michael Clarke (39) and 76 with number nine batsman Shane Warne (34).

Andrew Flintoff took 4-71 but could not claim the vital last wicket.

It was the first time in 10 years that Australia have been forced to bat out a draw against their Ashes rivals.

And the tension was at its height as a crowd of 21,000 roared Flintoff on as he came in to bowl the penultimate over to Lee with seven fielders in the slip cordon.

next stop 4th test Trent Bridge ;) Go Aussies... they r really striving hard.. i think they can pull it off ;) :D

08-26-2005, 01:13 PM

FOURTH TEST - MATCH SUMMARY (Trent Bridge, Day 2):
England 408-5 v Australia

Andrew Flintoff has scored his first century against Australia as England look to take their score on towards 450 on day two of the fourth Test.

Flintoff brought up the 400 with a glance to take him to 98 and completed his fifth Test ton off 121 balls.

Geraint Jones had already reached his half century after surviving an appeal for caught behind off Brett Lee.

Australia thought Jones had nicked the first ball after lunch but umpire Steve Bucknor gave the batsman not out.

Tait chosen to replace Gillespie
Paceman Shaun Tait will make his Test debut for Australia in Thursday's fourth Ashes encounter at Trent Bridge.
The 22-year-old got the nod ahead of Glamorgan's Michael Kasprowicz as the tourists look for an alternative to the out-of-form Jason Gillespie.

Tait becomes the first Australian bowler to make his debut in an Ashes match since Matt Nicholson in 1998-99.

"We've had trouble facing him in the nets, I expect the England batsmen will have some trouble," said Ricky Ponting.

Kasprowicz could still feature for the Aussies if fast bowler Glenn McGrath fails to shake off an elbow injury.

08-29-2005, 01:12 PM
England lead Ashes after epic win
Fourth Ashes Test, Trent Bridge, day four: England 477 & 129-7 beat Australia 218 & 387 by three wickets
England lead five-Test series 2-1

England wobbled before holding their nerve at Trent Bridge to beat Australia by three wickets and lead an Ashes series for the first time since 1997.

Set 129 after dismissing Australia for 387, England slumped to 57-4 and 116-7.

Shane Warne (4-31) and Brett Lee (3-51) threw everything at England, but the hosts clung on grimly with Ashley Giles hitting the winning runs.

England, 2-1 ahead, need only to draw the final Test at The Oval to win the Ashes for the first time since 1986/7.

Warne had England stuttering early in their chase with three quick wickets before Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen looked to have done enough with a 46-run stand for the fifth wicket.

But a withering burst of speed bowling from Lee accounted for both, and England were sweating profusely when Geraint Jones threw his bat - and his wicket away - when holing out in the deep.


Fletcher frets over Jones fitness

Duncan Fletcher admits Simon Jones is a doubt for the final Ashes Test against Australia at The Oval, where England hope to wrap up the Ashes.
Paceman Jones left the Trent Bridge field during day three of the fourth Test win and is receiving treatment on an injured right ankle.

"I can't know at this stage whether he will be fit," said coach Fletcher. "But I'm not confident that he will play.

"He will be a big loss because he seems to have one over on their batsmen."

ive got nothing to say.. so me :ush:

08-29-2005, 01:35 PM
I am really sad today. :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

08-29-2005, 01:48 PM
I am so happy :dance: :dance:

Remember what all Australlians came up before the start of the series. I have been longing for this day for a looooooooooooong time (Aus losing a series).

Go England Go :b:

08-29-2005, 02:27 PM
I am so happy :dance: :dance:

Remember what all Australlians came up before the start of the series. I have been longing for this day for a looooooooooooong time (Aus losing a series).

Go England Go :b:

jus not yet GCB... eng hasnt wont the ashes yet.... final test will determine.. :D
ok.. me back to :ush: now ;)

che che.. neenga yaen sad??? :think:

08-29-2005, 02:35 PM
jus not yet GCB... eng hasnt wont the ashes yet.... final test will determine..
ok.. me back to now

not yet, yea I know Sando, thats why I said, I am waiting :razz:

08-30-2005, 04:38 AM
Now Aussies cant win the Ashes... at the most draw it... Third test was meant for England, but for the rain...
I liked Flintoff very much in this series. He's an excellent all rounder.
San , u r such an aussie fan??All the papers say Australia's domination of cricket is over. Anyway England have come up greatly now... (Mind you , India was like that too once... :( ).
Lets wait and see...

08-30-2005, 08:19 AM
narayana... not so fast.. aussies dont give up that fast .... flintoff was good... he has shown good sportmanship in this series :D
well.. since i live in aus... so gotta support them rite... (technically) ... ;) :D :ahha:
i dont think aus is doin badly.. about the domination... dont know bout that... but i reckon they will still excel with new guy Tait on board ;)
narayana... wat u mean by india was like that??? :think: u mean dominant???

Uk papers sollelam that Aus going down... but thats their view. not on this side dude :D

McGrath may tip balance
13:27 AEST Tue Aug 30 2005
Increasing doubt over the fitness of England's Simon Jones has given Australia hope the tables might turn for the Ashes decider.

Jones, whose brilliant fast bowling has helped England to a 2-1 series lead, is battling an ankle injury and is rated doubtful for Thursday week's fifth Test by coach Duncan Fletcher.

In further signs Australia is about to get the shift in momentum it craves, senior fast bowler Glenn McGrath appears closer to a return from an elbow injury, while his colleague Brett Lee believes the tourists may have finally rediscovered their zing.

Jones took no part in the final day of the fourth Test at Trent Bridge and his injury would rob England of a major strike force, as he has 17 wickets at an average of 21 runs this series and is his side's best exponent of reverse swing.

Fletcher conceded Jones, who is suffering from an impinged anterior in his right ankle, would struggle to get fit in time to play at The Oval.

"I'm not confident that he will play," Fletcher said.

"He will be a big loss because I think he's got one over a lot of their batsmen.

come on aussies... bring the ashes back home ....an interesting incident happened this mornin on tele... a newsreporter said the aussies were a disgrace.. n a die hard cricket fan(also tv presenter) was totally pissed off and angry about the comment.. hmm... i guess most aussies r ;)

09-08-2005, 03:40 PM
The Fifth and Final Test is on the way... the decider of who will take home the ASHES???? will it be the reignin champions or the team which have not won for many years.... Gd Luck to both teams ;)

England 267-4 v Australia

Andrew Strauss raced to his hundred and Andrew Flintoff to his fifty as England stepped on the accelerator after tea on day one of the deciding Ashes Test.

Flintoff hit Shane Warne for three successive fours which took the partnership into triple figures.

Strauss then clubbed his 13th boundary to reach 100 for the seventh time in Tests and the second this series.

Warne had single-handedly reduced England to 131-4 before England's fifth-wicket duo took over.

Andrew Strauss was leading a spirited recovery after Shane Warne had skittled England's top-order on day one of the deciding Ashes Test at The Oval.

England, 82-0 at one point, lost their fourth wicket to Warne for 49 runs when Kevin Pietersen was bowled for 14.

But Strauss, unbeaten on 92 with 11 fours, and Andrew Flintoff (39) shared an unbeaten stand of 82 runs to steer the hosts to 213-4 at tea.

Marcus Trescothick made 43 but Michael Vaughan and Ian Bell both went cheaply.

Glenn McGrath returned for Australia after recovering from an elbow injury, while Paul Collingwood replaced the injured Simon Jones for the hosts.


i have no comments... nothin to say :ush: hope aussies win.. ;)

09-09-2005, 02:13 AM

Warne carries Ashes hopes for Australia
08:39 AEST Fri Sep 9 2005
Shane Warne will be the man to keep alive Australia's Ashes aspirations in a topsy-turvy deciding Test against England at The Oval.

It was fitting cricket's most gripping series produced another arm-wrestle of a first day, which ended with England at 7-319, needing a draw to regain the Ashes.

In a sign of the evenness of the day, both sides' stars claimed first-day honours.

The stars for England were opener Andrew Strauss, who batted just short of six hours to make 129 and shared in a crucial partnership of 143 with Andrew Flintoff, who made 72.

Their stand prevented Warne, who had the first four wickets, smashing through England's innings, but the legspinner finished the day with 5-118 from 34 overs on a flat batting wicket.

Warne looms as the central character this Test, and with 33 wickets already this series, Australia will have its superstar legspinner to thank if it can win the fifth Test and retain the Ashes via a squared series.

"We've had a pretty good day, I think we're just slightly ahead," Warne said after taking his 31st five-wicket haul in Tests, and ninth against England.

England pegged back by Warne haul
Fifth Test, The Oval, day one (stumps):
England 319-7 v Australia

Andrew Strauss showed the way with a superb 129 but Shane Warne's 5-118 meant honours were shared on a gripping first day of the deciding Ashes Test.

England, 131-4 at one point, closed on 319-7 at The Oval thanks in large part to a 143-run fifth-wicket stand between Strauss and Andrew Flintoff (72).

Strauss, whose seventh Test ton included 17 fours, was the first of three evening wickets to fall.

Warne bowled 34 overs in the day and claimed the first four England wickets.

Glenn McGrath returned for Australia after recovering from an elbow injury, while Paul Collingwood replaced the injured Simon Jones for the hosts.

All-rounder Collingwood got the nod ahead of paceman James Anderson, a move made to bolster the batting with England needing only a draw to win the Ashes for the first time in 19 years.

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09-10-2005, 03:14 PM
Live: England v Australia
England 373 v Australia 223-1

Australia's total nudged past 200 when play resumed following the rain delay that ruined the third afternoon of the decisive Ashes Test at The Oval.

Skipper Ricky Ponting joined Matthew Hayden at the crease after Steve Harmison had bowled Justin Langer for 105 just before the heavens opened.

Langer had just scored his 7,000th Test run, eclipsing Sir Don Bradman's tally.

England, needing only a draw to win the series, were glad that just 19.4 overs were bowled in the first two sessions.

09-13-2005, 04:53 AM
Triumphant England reclaim Ashes
Fifth Test, The Oval:
England 373 & 335 drew with Australia 367 & 4-0
England win the Ashes 2-1

Kevin Pietersen smashed his first ever Test century to earn the draw that gave England a 2-1 series win and the Ashes for the first time since 1987.

Pietersen, who was dropped twice, hit 158 and Ashley Giles 59 before England were bowled out for 335 at The Oval, to snuff out Australian hopes of victory.

Australia batted for just four balls before bad light intervened, and a draw was eventually declared by the umpires.

The result brings to an end a series many have dubbed the "best ever".

The Queen and Prime Minister Tony Blair led the tributes to captain Michael Vaughan and his victorious team after the match.

London will stage a victory parade for them on Tuesday, but the champagne flowed as soon as Vaughan lifted the tiny brown Ashes urn aloft and they were showered in ticker tape and streamers.

The players then completed a victory lap of the Oval pitch to salute the 23,000-strong crowd that had roared them on all day.

Fans had spread onto the roofs and balconies of houses around the south London ground, and also celebrated in style, as did the country at large.

Yet England had been in trouble early on the final day of the fifth Test, losing four wickets before lunch, and leading by just 133 with five hours left.

But Pietersen's super knock, which saw him named man of the match, guided them home.

In his final Test in England, Shane Warne took the last two wickets to finish with 6-124 and 12 wickets for the match, taking his career haul of England wickets to a record 172.

However, he had little to celebrate as Australia's batsmen faced just four balls before play was stopped in confused circumstances and then abandoned after a 15-minute stand-off.

McGrath had Michael Vaughan caught behind for 45 and saw Ian Bell edge to slip in the ninth over of the day.

Pietersen survived the hat-trick ball, which reared up to bounce off his shoulder and into the hands of Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting.

There was another sharp intake of breath before he got off the mark, when an edge caught keeper Adam Gilchrist's glove and was then missed by Matthew Hayden at slip.

But the easiest chance came with his score on 15, when Warne put down a simple head high chance at first slip.

Soon afterwards, an emboldened Pietersen slog-swept the veteran leg-spinner for two sixes in a single over to bring up the England 100.

Warne bowled 32 consecutive overs from the Vauxhall End and was dazzling early on as he ripped a leg-break out of the footholds to trap Marcus Trescothick lbw for 33.

Andrew Flintoff did not last long either as he was lured into a loose straight drive which Warne collected at shin height.

But Pietersen's aggression, combined with some gritty batting from Paul Collingwood and then Giles wore the veteran leg-spinner down.

Collingwood contributed 10 to a sixth-wicket stand of 60 that began to shift the momentum in England's direction, before Giles contributed a vital knock.

He ended a sterling series with the bat with a career-best score, putting on a further 27 with Matthew Hoggard.

Pietersen hit seven sixes in all, beating Ian Botham's Ashes record of six in an innings, set at Old Trafford in 1981.

But it was the fifth, a hook over square leg off Brett Lee, which hammered in the final nail, taking the England lead past the 250 mark with 39 overs left to Australia.

By the time he was bowled by McGrath, England were 314 ahead and the teams were left to go through the motions until the stalemate, which sparked England celebrations, was finally agreed.

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The day the Aussies were beaten

On a day of so much happiness for England fans at The Oval, it was a slight pity there was no crowning moment to put a cap on an incomparable summer.

There was plenty to celebrate when Michael Vaughan lifted a giant glass replica of the Ashes urn and led his team-mates on a slow lap of honour of the outfield.

But there was no moment that will be replayed for years to come. No stumps splattered by a yorker, no dash for the winning runs.


:snooty: :snooty: :snooty: :snooty: seems like mournin day in Aus... pavom :(
after 18 yrs they get the ashes back... its a very big victory for the England team.. .CONGRATS to them... :)
flintoff best man of the match... deserved it.. best batsman and bowler :b:
hats off to mcgrath and warne.. aussie legends for their great effort :b:

09-14-2005, 05:13 PM
True comeback from England. I was expecting freddie Flintoff to play a vital part. But KP simply stole the limelight. Sad to see Warne and McGrath bid goodbye to England. A wonderful series :)

- Silix

09-16-2005, 04:20 PM
so aussies lost it... (Iforgot abt. this thread actually.) ppavam ponting. now every1 will be blaming his captaincy. Warne was really cool in the last match. his balls made almost 90 degree turns.. always like that...still cant but admire him everytime..
Remeber the ocaasion when Warne asked Sachin autograaph on his Shirt??? ooooh. Sachin!! We want u back!... paavam. 1 year-aa troubled by injuries.
now the next world cup... lets see if the aussies retain it.. till then... Come On India :ee:

09-17-2005, 07:06 AM
ppavam ponting. now every1 will be blaming his captaincy

ur rite.. the media r blaming him as he did very poorly as captain and very poor leadership.. they want warny to be the captain as he has better leadership qualities... but obviously their teammates r not sayin anythin on ponting but do agree that warne might make better captain.. of course the coach is in a very very tough position... basically he knows he can go out anytime now
another thing is they know that england has a pretty good and tough team.. aus team has old players who r still good though.. but probably time to change... n they want someone like flintoff .... he is one damn good all rounder ;)