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Newspapers review: Delight over England's Ashes success

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The newspapers are in celebratory mood after England's victory in the Ashes in Australia, a story which came too late for Wednesday's editions.

The Daily Telegraph says the retention of the urn is sweet indeed.

For The Sun, no praise is too great for the England team, after a year which has been short of sporting success.

In the words of The Mirror, Andrew Strauss and his men have restored national pride after the humiliation of the football World Cup in South Africa.

The Daily Star says that by humbling the once mighty Australia, they have lit up a gloomy winter back home.

There's much interest in the England cricketers' victory jig at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Dance craze

The Daily Express says the dance - known as the Sprinkler - imitates the motion of water sprinklers used to keep cricket outfields from drying out.

According to the Telegraph, it is already an internet sensation and is set to sweep the nation's dance floors.

Government figures suggesting more than 10 million people alive today will live to be more than 100 years old, make the lead inmake the lead in the Telegraph and Daily Mail.

The Mail says improved diets, living conditions and medical technology are the reason for the increase.

But the Telegraph points out people will have to work later and put more money aside throughout their lives to fund lengthy retirements.

The Mail says archive files from 1980 provide a lesson for the prime minister.

The paper says the public finances had been left in such a mess by a Labour administration that drastic action was needed to bring them under control.

Despite warnings by former PM Harold Macmillan, Margaret Thatcher embarked on a series of swingeing cuts.

The Mail asks if David Cameron has the guts to go ahead with his proposed cuts and adds: "Let's hope so, the nation's recovery depends on it."

Dad.... at 94

Several papers feature the story of the world's oldest father, Ramjit Raghav, 94, from India.

The Mirror pictures the farmhand bottle-feeding his new-born son Vikramjeet.

The paper attributes Mr Raghav's virility to a daily diet of three litres of milk, half a kilo of almonds and half a kilo of ghee.

According to the Telegraph, he plans to try for another child next year with his wife Shakuntala, who is a mere 51.

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