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  1. Australia win series 3-2
  2. Aus 140-2; Finch 70 not out
  3. England 138 all out in 33 overs
  4. Marsh takes 4-17 & Hastings 3-21
  5. Morgan retires hurt after blow to head
  6. Series level at 2-2

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By Mark Mitchener and Marc Higginson

All times stated are UK

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Sun sets on the international summer

And as the last few fans start to drift away from Old Trafford, another English international summer comes to an end. It's been a rollercoaster ride with this summer's games against New Zealand and Australia. Never predictable - but that's why we follow sport, isn't it?

As I mentioned, there's plenty more county cricket on the BBC in the next couple of weeks - and after we've had the chance to pause for breath,

the first Test against Pakistan begins in Abu Dhabi a month today. TMS will be there - and we'll be setting our alarm clocks to bring you the live text, with matches starting at 07:00 BST (and 06:00 GMT when the clocks go back after the second Test).

But until then, pour yourself a measure of your favourite beverage, put your feet up and relax - the Ashes belong to England again. Thanks for your company all summer, we'll see you soon.


Steve Harris, Scarborough: So. 11 matches played and England win 6-5 (and get the Ashes back). I'll take that. I think most England supporters would!

Coach's view

Australia coach Darren Lehmann on Sky Sports: "I'm very pleased with the young fellas. I think we lost two-thirds of our World Cup-winning side. It gave the young guys time to play.

"We are good at it, winning, certainly in the one-dayers, maybe not in the Test matches.

"There is a bit of rebuilding to do but great times ahead. These players have got what it takes. They can do what they need to do but it's knowing when to do them. We have got some depth which is pleasing."

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Shiv, London: Disappointing BUT if you had said after that World Cup that we'd beat NZ and take the Aussies to the last game and I would've laughed! Laid good stepping stones!

Captain's view

Australia captain Steve Smith: "It was an extremely satisfying win. The boys came out and played some good cricket.

"But I must say I've got a lot of concern for Eoin and hope he is OK. This team has been through a few tough things and you never want to see that happen out on the field.

"[Bowling] is one part we haven't done well but we hit some good areas and let the wicket do the work."

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Ben Stokes, Jason Roy and Alex Hales

Chris, IOW: Bad today but on the whole hopeful stuff from England -openers a worry but both captains give team a good future.

The ODI trophy

Steve Smith receives the pelican-shaped ODI trophy before the champagne starts to flow. I wonder if Heathrow will charge him excess baggage tomorrow? (Australia is the only place which has ever charged me for it!).

Man of the series

Mitchell Marsh

Mitchell Marsh, by the way, was not only man/Mitch of the match - he's also picking up the champagne as man of the series.

The Aussies are getting their medals from ECB chief Colin Graves.

Late call-up Peter Handscomb is the last man up... but as he didn't actually make an appearance in the series and remains uncapped, his employers Gloucestershire will hope he remains able to play for them on his UK passport as a non-overseas player.

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Anders: England exposed as relying too much on Morgan. Middle order hasn't performed at all.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"For me, there's only one moment of the summer - Stuart Broad bowling them out at Nottingham. 8-15 - it was pure theatre. He won the Ashes in two hours. I've only seen one magic moment like that in 50 years of playing and watching cricket, when Curtly Ambrose bowled England out for 46 at Trinidad."

Man of the match

Australia's Mitchell Marsh, who took 4-27: "It's been a good summer. I've been working on my bowling for a few months now and it's good to be contributing to the team now. In a wicket like that, it's important to put the ball into the right area. I want to keep improving in both facets of the game."

Man of the match

Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh who took 4-27 is named as man of the match. (And indeed, Mitch of the match).

(Stand-in) Captain's view

England stand-in captain James Taylor on TMS: "Eoin got an unbelievable ball from Mitchell Starc, he was a bit groggy and hopefully he can just rest up for the next few days. That injury probably did cost us, it's not good to see a member of your team hit like that but the guys have got to put it to the back of their minds. Credit to Australia, but on our part we weren't good enough in that middle section. It wasn't our day today."

Captain's view

More from Australia captain Steve Smith on TMS, on Eoin Morgan's injury: "It's never good when you see someone hit on the head, so I hope he's OK. Mitchell Starc was a little bit shaken up, he was close to Phillip Hughes."

A bit of TMS housekeeping - you'll be able to listen to commentary on the County Championship Division Two title decider between Lancashire and Surrey on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra (and online) from tomorrow morning.

And the One-Day Cup final between Gloucestershire and Surrey next Saturday will be on BBC Radio 4 Long Wave (and online) - but not on Sports Extra.

Captain's view

Australia captain Steve Smith on TMS: "It turned out to be a good toss to lose, the guys were able to bowl in good areas and reap the rewards. We are the world champions, but only four of us in this XI today were in that World Cup final side, so it's good to have depth. Hopefully this young group can keep playing well."

Champagne moments

If you missed TMS's interval discussion about the champagne moments of the summer, you can

listen to it again as a podcast.

And there will be champagne flowing in Yorkshire - they've just won the Women's County Championship.

View from the press box

England take the multi-format series 20 points to Australia's 12, as per the women's Ashes scoring system. Bit of a pasting really

Australia's squad for Bangladesh will be named later this week, we expect. I wouldn't expect we'll have to wait too long for England to name their squad to face Pakistan in the UAE either.

Stay with us for the presentation, which will be coming up soon.

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Robert Wolf Petersen: C'est la vie. Perhaps bring Moeen, or even Willey, up to open next time we play ODIs. Vince has to be due a knock soon.

Adam Collins

BBC Test Match Special

"There's a view forming that with David Warner out injured for Bangladesh, it could be Shaun Marsh opening with Joe Burns. Burns is a bit like Alex Hales - before this series he was a lock to open in the first Test in Chittagong, but he's had a run of low scores here. You're also looking at Usman Khawaja or Cameron Bancroft. I think they'll be resting Johnson and Hazlewood in Bangladesh, so Starc may lead the attack, but he's had a huge workload as he plays all formats and the IPL, so they may be tempted to go with Pattinson and Cummins."

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"There's just enough time for Australia to get home before they go on tour again. But long term, Australia just need to find a couple of substantial batsmen from somewhere, and they'll be OK."

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Trevor Allison: After a fantastic summer of revolutional ODI cricket Eng decide to go back to pre-World Cup shambles! Thanks for the memories.

Adam Collins

BBC Test Match Special

"When they got here in the third week of June, Australia would have been expecting much more from this tour. They did a demolition job in the Caribbean, which England didn't manage, and all signs were pointing towards an easy retention of the Ashes. But as we saw in those back-to-back Tests in the Midlands, it wasn't to be. There will be some soul-searching, but this being international cricket, they're off to Bangladesh in a couple of weeks."

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Mo Mustafa: At least the last two matches prove winning the toss does not guarantee a win.

Evan Samuel: A poor game but a good finish for Oz, particularly after losing two on the spin. Hope Morgan is OK.

Adam Collins

BBC Test Match Special

"I think England kept Rashid on too long, they should have gone to Moeen Ali a little earlier if I were in James Taylor's shoes."

Vic Marks adds: "You wouldn't fit into James Taylor's shoes."

Aaron Finch and George Bailey celebrate
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And so, a marathon tour ends - England win the Tests 3-2 and the Twenty20 international, but Australia win the ODIs 3-2.

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"Everyone thought this was a great toss to win, but the game was won in the first hour by Australia. England have underperformed. They've been thrashed today and Australia will go home with a trophy."

Champagne moment


Simon Mann

BBC Test Match Special

"England had hope of a series win but Australia snuffed that out with a superb performance with the ball."


Reece Topley, George Bailey and Aaron Finch
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That's the ball game - Bailey slices a four through the vacant slip cordon and Australia have won.

Aus 136-2

Topley bowls, Finch nudges, a tumbling stop by Moeen at short fine leg cuts off the winning hit. They run one.

Aus 135-2 (target 139)

Bailey can't get the last ball away. Safe to say Finch should finish it this over.

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"I've been asked about the man of the series, but I don't want to betray the answer I gave. But I think I know who's got it. There are a lot of candidates and the written press have been quite meticulous in their selection."

Aus 135-2

Bailey goes down the ground... but it's picked up at long-on and they can only run two. Four to win.

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Si in Kent: Looks like this match will end with less than 60 overs bowled in total. Can't they play a quick 20/20 match to give the crowd their money's worth.

Aus 133-2

This is taking the mickey now... Bailey cheekily reverse-sweeps Moeen for a single and exchanges a joke with the bowler. A single from Finch means it's six to win. A challenge for Bailey to do it in one hit?