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England wins Ashes

England regained the Ashes series after winning the final Test at the Oval by 197 runs.

This has been a see-saw series with both teams either playing so well or so badly and then there was the rain mix which helped get the two series.

After Australia's massive win at Headingly I was confident a win was possible at the Oval but scoring 160 runs in the first innings did not help.

In that first innings the openers did very well scoring 84 runs between themselves more than half the total from there the highest score came from Peter Siddle.

Once England declared 373 in their second innings to set a chase of 545 for the tourists with two days to go I knew the best result from then would have been a draw assuming the rain came in.

But this time the rain did not intervene leaving England to regain the Ashes after bowling Australia out for 348.

Its interesting to see that England did not lose a match with Andrew Flintoff in the side and also they did not have Kevin Pieterson for the last four Tests.

I am now looking forward to the Twenty20 matches which will then be followed by the one day matches and I hope they are going to be just as interesting.

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