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  1. England win series 3-2
  2. England bowled out on fourth afternoon
  3. Buttler 42, Moeen 35; Siddle 4-35
  4. Rain stops play from 12:15-15:00 BST
  5. Fifth Test, The Oval, day four

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By Marc Higginson and Mark Mitchener

All times stated are UK

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Farewell after an Ashes rollercoaster

The smallest margin of victory in five Tests was 169 runs or eight wickets. It's been quite a series...

We know you've been following it here on the BBC in record numbers - thanks for sticking with us, I hope we've kept you informed and entertained. But there's no rest for the wicked - we'll be back on Wednesday to bring you the next instalment of the Women's Ashes, with the men's one-dayers to come. Or, if the men's Ashes is your one true love, forsaking all others, we'll see you in 27 months' time. Either way, bye for now.

How's stat?!

Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad was England's most productive batting partnership of the series, with 270 runs from seven innings. Joe Root and Ian Bell was second with 246 runs.

Final scorecard

We couldn't leave you without one of these to print out and pin up...

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Player reaction

England all-rounder Moeen Ali on Sky Sports: "Ashes cricket is very tough. Australia are one of the best sides in the world, and to win 3-2 is fantastic. You're absolutely drained at the end but it's well worth it. We've bowled fantastically throughout and I feel like we've won it with the ball, but there have been some key partnerships at crucial moments."

England bowler Stuart Broad: "It's been a funny series. As soon as a team has taken the initiative in a series, the other team hasn't been able to grab it back, and I think that's probably because the teams are quite similar. Trevor Bayliss has been very good - he's been very calm and only speaks when something needs to be said."

Review of the day

In the end, the fourth day of this Test - and the 18th of a rather truncated series - went rather as we'd expected. England resumed on 203-6, still trailing by 129, and soon lost nightwatchman Mark Wood.

A rain delay meant an early lunch and a wait of about two-and-a-half hours for the inevitable - but despite some brief defiance from Moeen Ali (35) and Stuart Broad (11), they both fell to Peter Siddle, who finished with 4-35.

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Australian journalist Jesse Hogan: Rogers dismisses question re long Test wait: "I was playing cricket for a living so it's not like I had the toughest job in the world."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"I think Ian Bell will stay on, as will Alastair Cook as captain. It's best for Joe Root's development to bat under the new coach. We keep talking about dropping players but who else will we get? They're not queuing up. Bell should take stock and then play in the UAE. Bobby Charlton once told me that he wished he'd gone on holiday and had a break rather than retiring. He has a good month off now before he even has to think about nets."

Bell was talking about playing in T20 Finals Day for Warwickshire (sorry, Birmingham) next weekend...

Coach's view

More from England coach Trevor Bayliss on Sky Sports: "In the UAE we will play two spinners. We've got a few thoughts on that but we will have to decide - there are possibly two or three areas we could fit that player in.

On the ODI series: "I think it will be hard to make too many changes from the young ODI team that beat New Zealand. Joe Root is possibly in need of a break - we've got to be conscious of not over-burdening some of these guys."

Jim Maxwell

BBC Test Match Special

The England players celebrate

"It has to be the strangest series we've ever seen - that celebration was much more low key than in 2005."

One-dayers coming up

That one-day series, by the way, is right around the corner. There's no rest for the Aussies as they play an ODI in Ireland on Thursday, before returning to England for a Twenty20 international at Cardiff on Monday 31 August. The five-match ODI series takes the teams to Southampton, Lord's, Old Trafford (twice) and Headingley.

Let's not forget, we also have

the Women's Ashes to conclude - with T20 internationals at Chelmsford, Hove and Cardiff on Wednesday, Friday and Monday. England must win all three to prevent Australia regaining the trophy.

Coach's view

Australia coach Darren Lehmann on Sky Sports: "Full credit to England - they won the key moments in this series, they outplayed us. We had four of the five top wicket-takers and three of the four top run-scorers, but we didn't win the key moments. It was an unbelievable series.

"I don't think we got the selection too bad - probably the one mistake was at Trent Bridge, picking Shaun Marsh over Mitchell Marsh. We lose one of our greats today, and Chris Rogers, who has been a fantastic player for us.

"Behind the scenes we're all working really hard, but now it's all about picking the right guys for the next couple of years. The one-day side is in transition a bit too, and we'll have to play well - England have rediscovered their confidence in the one-day format."

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Nick Weetch: When all the celebrations are over I think we will all reflect that this was a rubbish Ashes series. Test cricket in trouble.

From the press box

Eng players urged assistant coach Farbrace & coach Bayliss on to arena for presentation. Politely declined. #ashes

Eng players urged assistant coach Farbrace & coach Bayliss on to arena for presentation. Politely declined. #ashes

It's now fun and games on the Oval outfield - Ben Stokes gives a cameraman a military-style salute (just in case Marlon Samuels is watching), while Mark Wood gets his imaginary horse out of the stable and out for a gallop.

Laura Wright has moved on to "Land of Hope and Glory". I'm impressed by this array of songs, it makes a change from Sydney 2007 where they just played Men At Work's "Down Under". Again. And again. And again.

How's stat?!

Most Man of Match awards in Tests in the last two years: 6 Steven Smith 4 Mitchell Johnson 4 Joe Root #Ashes #EngvAus

Laura Wright
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Here's a song more associated with rugby than cricket - Laura Wright is now singing "I Vow To Thee, My Country", the music of which (fact fans) comes from the middle of one of my favourite pieces of classical music - "Jupiter" from the Planets Suite by Gustav Holst. If I ever get asked to go on Desert Island Discs (unlikely), that's on the list.

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Ben in Manchester: I am in the minority, but I much preferred the series against New Zealand. The standard was so much higher.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

Brad Haddin

"It was great of Brad Haddin to drop the Ashes straight up in that first Test. I'm sure Joe Root will put up a picture of that moment in his front room, sit back and say 'thank you very much, Brad'. He loves Brad Haddin. We all love Brad Haddin."

You can expect to see one particular photo in your newspapers tomorrow, I'm sure - England's quintet of pace bowlers pose for a pic.

James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood, Steven Finn and Ben Stokes. The famous five.

BBC Radio Test Match Special

England coach Trevor Bayliss on TMS: "These guys have got a lot of ability and they played some fantastic cricket. They've got some things to work on, there are some negatives there. It was only two months ago I was at home wishing Australia the best, but I'm very happy to be involved with this group of guys.

"We've got some very good players. There will be some tough times but there will be more good times than bad. The majority of this team are very young and inexperienced, but if they keep heading in the right direction there are some good time ahead. We seem to have gelled pretty well - they've made me feel extremely welcome and it's a great feeling to get off the mark with a win."

I'm not sure if fireworks necessarily work in broad daylight - but Surrey want to get their money's worth and so a few rockets are set off into the sky from the top of the famous old pavilion.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"England supporters are going to be pleased. It won't be a memorable series because it will be remembered for exceptional bowling performances and batsmen who had their techniques exposed."

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Dr Owain Connors: Jimmy Anderson doing a John Terry... #FullKit

Alastair Cook

England begin a lap of honour around The Oval - as I predicted, vice-captain Joe Root has been entrusted with the Waterford crystal urn. With Steve Smith now taking the reins down under, I wonder how long it will be before we see Root and Smith posing with the Ashes urn for the traditional pre-series photograph. 2017-18? 2019? Later?

Meanwhile, singer Laura Wright begins possibly the final rendition of Jerusalem of 2015. She's done a marvellous job all summer.

While England spray champagne - and neck some of it - Aggers and Geoffrey are limbering up for their final review of the series, which will be available on the TMS podcast page later.

Captain's view

More from England captain Alastair Cook on the team's future: "It's exciting. There's going to be some amazing times and some tough times too. Losing eight wickets in a session like in this game can't happen too many times. But there will also be sessions where we grab the game by the scruff of the neck."

An explosion of ticker tape blasts out around The Oval. Aggers has been showered with ribbons. England, lining up behind a sponsor's board, are trying to wave the coaching staff on to join them. But Trevor Bayliss and his assistant Paul Farbrace remain in the dressing room and wave back as the champagne is sprayed.

Champagne moment

England players celebrate with the Ashes urn

Captain Alastair Cook lifts the Ashes urn. The Ashes belong to England! Rejoice.

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England players

Richard Wilkinson: Disappointing to hear that Cook & England admitting they couldn't get themselves up for final Test. A bit unprofessional...

Captain's view

England captain Alastair Cook: "It's been an interesting Test match. Credit to Australia for their character to bounce back. You've seen how strong Australia are in this game so to beat them three times is an amazing achievement. The support in the grounds and out of them has been amazing. Thank you!"

Ian Bell and Adam Lyth take a photo

Ian Bell uses his mobile phone to take a picture of the urn(s) while Alastair Cook receives a trophy, emblazoned with sponsor's ribbons, for winning the series. The urns - large and small - are all that's left.

Captain's view

More from Australia captain Michael Clarke: "After the last Test, I don't think it could have gone any better - this performance is a reward for the hard work we've put in over the tour. We're just glad we could play with grit and determination.

"I don't think regret is the right word - there was disappointment after we lost the series, but it shows the true character of the guys to come back and play our best cricket here. I've loved every single trip to England - probably my favourite tour was 2005, even though we didn't win. I was really lucky to come into a very experienced and great Australian team and those guys mentored me and helped me grow.

"This team here is as good a team of people as I've worked with - I love their work ethic. It's a privilege and an honour to captain Australia, and Steve Smith will be a fantastic captain."

A big round of applause for Michael Clarke as he leaves the stage - both literally and metaphorically - for the last time.

It's now time for England to receive their medals. And I'm sad to report, but a few boos rang out when Adam Lyth's name was read out and he walked forward. He may not have had the best of series, but a little unnecessary?

Man of the series

Stuart Broad

Danny Morgan: Joe Root - England man of the series? I don't begrudge it him at all, but surely Stuart Broad had to get that award?

The bluffer's guide to Ashes urns

Is there more than one urn? Yes - and no. The original Ashes urn remains in the MCC museum at Lord's except on special occasions, so Alastair Cook will get to lift a replica.

There is also a much larger urn, made of Waterford crystal - this one does get taken away by the winning team once presented. On the podium, it's often given to the vice-captain - I remember Alastair Cook wielding it at Sydney in 2011.

Man of the series

Man of the series and Compton-Miller Medal winner Joe Root: "Credit has to go to Australia - they've outplayed us in this game in all departments. The guys prepared very well for this Test match - we just had a poor couple of hours which really hurt us. We've got to make sure we learn from that.

"It's been such a team performance in this series - everyone has contributed and it's been great to be a part of such a fantastic team. I love spending time with that group of guys. You always have a responsibility to score runs, and I'm just going to keep trying to contribute for the team."