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Summary

  1. England regain the Ashes
  2. Hosts win by an innings and 78 runs
  3. Wood takes final wicket of Lyon
  4. Stokes dismisses Starc for 6-36
  5. England lead five-Test series 3-1
  6. Michael Clarke to quit Tests after series

Live Reporting

By Stephan Shemilt and James Gheerbrant

All times stated are UK

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And that's where we shall depart. With a match to spare, the home of the urn for the next two and half years has been decided.

England have won the 2015 Ashes.

Goodbye.

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I don't think there's much else to say is there? Maybe one last look at the most important information..

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"Andrew Strauss has been very bold and brave - he's put to the KP saga to bed, backed Alastair Cook and told the groundsmen to prepare English wickets."

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2010-11 would have got it for me...

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Journalist Piers Morgan: "All the criticism about Alastair Cook has been denounced by victory. If you win you shut up the critics - critics like me who were very vociferous. I'm very pleased to be proved wrong. It's a magnificent victory for England.

"I don't think today is the day to bang on about the KP debate. In a way that has been answered by England's victory.

"Having said that it annoys me the way Pietersen was treated. This is a guy who won four Ashes series. So when it comes to him being a supposedly non-team payer it sticks in my gullet and his. He's 35 now. It will be difficult to see him getting back into the team."

And, when England win the Ashes, there's obviously one man that everyone needs to hear from...

More from Clarke: "I started this game at six years at age but it's the right time. I have nothing but good memories - I've played with some great players and some great people. It's the right time for the team and I hope I have an opportunity to support the team through the tough times.

"I remember receiving my baggie green from Warnie, but it's more the team's success that sticks out for me.

"The 2005 Ashes is special for me - that introduced me to how hard Test cricket is. I took a massive risk to be fit for the World Cup, but it was worth it. Cooky said it really well, you go through so many ups and downs you cop a lot of smacks in the mouth."

Captain's reaction

More from Australia captain Michael Clarke on Sky Sports: "It's obviously a tough time. I'm extremely disappointed with losing the Ashes and how I've performed. England deserve so much credit - they outclassed us in this series and we need to learn from the way we performed.

"About 7:30 last night I spoke to my beautiful wife and my best mate in Warnie [Shane Warne]. They both 100% supported my decision."

Alastair Cook
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Lots of the England players are on the outfield now, many of them with a beer in hand. They are meeting fans that remain inside the ground, signing autographs and posing for photos.

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JoElle: That awful moment when TMS goes off air and it's back to reality.

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

James Anderson
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"I wouldn't play Jimmy Anderson for the rest of the summer. Wrap him in cotton wool. If it turns at The Oval, maybe they will play two spinners."

Congratulations to Alastair Cook & the England team on the Ashes victory. Played fearless & entertaining cricket, was nice to watch !!

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"It is an incredible feeling to win the Ashes. It really is a goosebump moment. I like fast bowlers who are a little bit nuts and Mark Wood is crackers. I was quite vehement that England would win this Ashes and I saw that the batting line-up that Australia were bringing was so similar to 2005, when they really struggled against the swinging ball."

Glenn McGrath

Ex-Australia seamer on BBC Test Match Special

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"I was there when Michael Clarke made his debut in Bangalore. He has been a big player for a long, long time and his average of about 50 is exceptional at Test level. I think he's made the right decision - he's going out on his own terms. He's a very strong character and I think he'll get plenty of support at the Oval."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Adil Rashid will go to the UAE and if they've any sense they'll play him there, but for the next match I don't think they'll change the team. There's no need and if it swings and seams, I think England will beat them again."

Player reaction

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More from Mark Wood on BBC Test Match Special: "I can't quite believe it. The summer couldn't have gone any better for me. To miss out at Edgbaston and then to be back here and take the winning wicket is an incredible feeling, one I'll never forget.

"I was still shaking in the dressing room half an hour later. Obviously I haven't played a lot because of my injury record but I don't really care, I've won the Ashes.

I wouldn't say I've taken to Test cricket too easily, but today I was relaxed and I just tried to bang out good areas."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"The Michael Clarke decision to bat at Edgbaston was a big mistake. It was a bowling morning, it went all over the place. It's the biggest mistake of his life."

Player reaction

Mark Wood
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England seamer Mark Wood on Sky Sports: "I don't remember much of taking that last wicket. That feeling when we were in the group... I think I got stood on about five times. I still have some ear ache from the shouting. It is not great being tee-total as there is champagne everywhere.

"I never thought a year ago I would be in the side, let alone taking the final wicket to win it. I wanted to be myself a prove I was good enough. I think there is more to come."

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More from Root: "I put my form down to hard work, being very relentless in your practice, and doing the things you don't want to- you've got to face bowling in practice that whistles around your head. This is why you play the game, to be in the dressing room with the lads talking about all the hard work we've put in behind the scenes.

"For Cooky to go through what he's gone through and still be as true a man as he is phenomenal for him. When you get beaten like at Lord's it obviously hurts a lot, but the beauty of that was that we had a break and we came back refreshed and we attacked that first morning at Edgbaston having lost the toss."

Player reaction

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More from Joe Root on BBC Test Match Special: "Its hard to put it into words - the way that this squad of players has come together and not relied on one or two individuals. We bowled them out for 60 when I was wearing the sweater and a few of the other lads are superstitious so I had to keep it on.

"I think the credit goes to the bowlers - 20 wickets wins you Test matches, and fingers crossed our good catching can continue, because the fewer chances you need to create the better."

Player reaction

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England batsman Joe Root: "The way this squad has come together and all put in performances, it's just great to be part of this."

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"I can completely understand Michael Clarke's emotions. It just hits you that you're not going to play this game that you've played since you were a kid. They arrived here as clear favourites and you question yourself as a captain - he's clearly had so many things in his mind. It wouldn't surprise me at the Oval if he got a few."

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Paul Thompson: Let's enjoy this victory and celebrate a well deserved win. But Australia will be back with a vengeance and we must be ready!

More from Trevor Bayliss on TMS: "Edgbaston was a huge turnaround from the Lord's performance - the boys probably thought too much about the opposition, and these performances have been about what we do well.

"We have got some things we've got to work on, but if they keep improving, the future is bright. Alastair Cook is a fantastic bloke and I thought his captaincy throughout these four Tests has been spot on.

"He's been proactive rather than reactive. We'll enjoy this moment but we've got some hard work in front of us."

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England coach Trevor Bayliss on Test Match Special: "It's been a fantastic effort by the England players. I know how good these Australia players are.

"All credit goes to the players and the people behind the scenes well before I got here. I just try to add things to what was there before and take the team to another level.

"I just do things the way I've always done them. I say to the players 'Go out and play your own game' and that's something I try to stick to as a coach. "

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"To be blunt, I'm surprised that Michael Clarke hasn't retired after this Test, because his batting is so poor. He hasn't played the short ball very well, and that's not going to get any easier for him at the Oval."

England coach Trevor Bayliss on Sky Sports: "Hairs on the back of the neck situation. It's a good feeling.

"There's no mixed emotions. I won't gloat in front of these boys, I know them very well. But the feeling amongst our guys is fantastic. The England team should be very proud of their performance.

"Cardiff gave the guys confidence for the matches going forward. At the start, there was nerves, but enough ability to get past that."

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"I don't think I have ever been to a Test match where at 12.30 on the first day you thought it was over. Everything clicked for England. And to be fair, Stuart Broad has almost bowled better in the second innings than he did in the first."

Glenn McGrath

Ex-Australia seamer on Not Just Cricket

"There will be changes for The Oval. After this series they have Bangladesh, West Indies and New Zealand. There will be a few guys left out and a few careers finished. You live and die by your performances.

"There is a bit of an issue with the young guys coming through. The guys who are here are the best in Australia. But this is an opportunity for young guys to play if they do well.

"Pat Cummins and James Pattinson, Nathan Coulter-Nile but not a huge amount are putting their hands up."

Surprised even those minnows of world cricket, Australia, couldn't last until the first Premier League game of the season kicked off.