Australia lifted the Ashes urn by virtue of drawing this series and winning the last one down under

England ended their memorable summer by earning a 2-2 draw in the Ashes with a 135-run defeat of Australia in the fifth Test.

On a beautifully sunny day at The Oval, England set Australia 399 to win and bowled them out for 263 to square the contest with their oldest enemies in a year when they lifted the World Cup for the first time.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan: “Australia deserved to retain the Ashes.

“England have got to celebrate the fact that a few days ago Australia retained the Ashes and we all expected Australia to blow them away this week.

“With the ball, in particular, they have been exceptional.”

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