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Alex Gubbay Alex Gubbay | 11:14 UK time, Friday, 12 January 2007

So the Ashes are once more in Australia's hands.

Having witnessed first-hand some of the action in Melbourne and Sydney, I can testify to just how highly-skilled, driven and focused the Aussies were in their mission to recapture the urn. And indeed how England misfired in a series of mistakes and missed opportunities.

But as attention now turns to the tri-series and the World Cup, it's not just a chance for the two teams to reflect, but also the fans and media as well. So what mark would you give BBC Sport for our coverage of the action?

Personally, I would give the Barmy Army 10 out of 10 for playing a key part in the terrific atmosphere down under.

They stuck firmly behind Freddie and co throughout, totally outsung the home crowd, and won everyone over to the extent of being singled out by every speaker in the final presentation at the SCG.

But what about us?

Back in November, we outlined our commitments to covering cricket this winter, and how we wanted to give you as many ways as possible to follow the action at all times.

Plenty of you certainly watched our highlights - around 15m in fact on BBC TWO, via the red button or on our website over the course of the five Tests.

Many more listened to Test Match Special on radio, and the enhanced audio commentary with graphics, again via the red button and online, was popular.
And there were at least 250,000 podcast downloads of the daily digest from Jonathan Agnew and Geoffrey Boycott.

Judging by our user figures for scores, reports, columns and our blog, millions used our website and mobile services... sometimes in hope rather than expectation I'm sure!

For instance, the first day of the third Test in Perth, when Monty's five-wicket haul fanned a flicker of faint hope, gave the website its highest daily audience outside the football World Cup; and that same day we also had record audio/video usage outside the World Cup.

But as we too move into one-day mode, any constructive feedback - good or bad - about what we've been doing would be very welcome.

Especially if there's anything you think we should be bearing in mind for the Cricket World Cup as we aim to build on how we covered the Ashes.

We're certainly looking forward to March and following all the teams that will be involved in the tournament and conveying all the colour from the Caribbean.

Though whether the change of clothing and host country will change England's fortunes for the better is another matter...

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