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England have regained the Ashes after 16 years by winning the series 2-1. England required a draw of the last Test at the Oval to make sure that they win the series.
England scored 373 in their first innings where Andrew Strauss scored 129 and Flintoff scored 72. Warne ripped through the top order of the England lineup though Strauss and Flintoff made sure they got runs on the board. In reply the Aussies made rock solid start where Hayden and Langer put up a 185 run partnership for the first wicket. Langer scored 105 while Hayden got 138. Aussies were moving along nicely at 281 for 2 but lost their way in the middle losing 8 wickets for less than 90 runs. Flintoff and Hoggard did most of the damage capturing 5 and 4 wickets respectively. Aussies were all out for 367. England were threatend in their reply when Warne and McGrath got regular breakthroughs. But Kevin Pieterson smashed the ball all around the park and scored a magnificent 158 in 187 balls to ensure that Ashes is coming back home.
This series win is a great win for English Cricket. Their performance has been exceptional for the last couple of years. Flintoff has been the man to watch this whole series as he is reckoned as the 'New Botham' of the England camp. Kevin Pieterson's inclusion to the Test arena has made a lot of difference. Each and every player in the England line up has put their level best to regain the Ashes.
Jubilant England team after regaining the Ashes