24 Aug 2009

Jubilant England regain Ashes

6:17 am on 24 August 2009

The England cricketers regained the Ashes with a sweeping victory over Australia in the fifth test at The Oval on Sunday.

Chasing a world record 546 to win, Australia were dismissed on the fourth day for 348, giving England victory by 197 runs and a 2-1 win in the series.

The series had been tied 1-1 after Australia won the fourth test at Headingley within three days.

Two run outs in the space of six balls accounted for Australia's two best batsmen, Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke.

Only Michael Hussey defied the England attack for any length of time, scoring his 10th century. He was the last man out, caught at short-leg by Alastair Cook for 121 in five and half hours at the crease.

England opening batsman and captain Andrew Strauss was named man of the series.