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Marc Higginson and Mark Mitchener

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  1. 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.

  2. Good things come to those who wait

  3. 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.

  4. Final scorecard

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

  5. 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."

  6. 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.

  7. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    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."

  8. Post update

    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...

  9. 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."

  10. Post update

    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."

  11. 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.

  12. 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."

  13. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    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.

  14. From the press box

  15. Post update

    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.

  16. How's stat?!

  17. Post update

    Laura Wright

    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.

    If you haven't already signed up for our wicket alerts, you can now do the same for rugby - make sure you do so in time for the upcoming Rugby World Cup.

  18. Email

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

  19. Post update

    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."

  20. Post update

    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.

  21. Post update

    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."

  22. Post update

    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.

  23. Post update

    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."

  24. Join the debate at #bbccricket

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

  25. Post update

    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.

  26. Steve Smith, captain of Australia

  27. Post update

    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.

  28. Thanks, Pup

  29. 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."

  30. Post update

    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.

  31. Champagne moment

    England players celebrate with the Ashes urn

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

  32. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    England players

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

  33. 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!"

  34. Post update

    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.

  35. 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."

  36. Post update

    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?

  37. 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?

  38. 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.

  39. 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."

  40. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "I think the crowds have taken to Mitchell Johnson during this Ashes series, he got a little cheer from the crowd when he collected his medal."

  41. Post update

    Australia players

    Australia are now getting their medals from ECB chairman Colin Graves, there are a few pantomime-style boos for Mitchell Johnson. The urn-lifting is not far away now.

  42. Man of the series

    Chris Rogers

    Australia's man of the series Chris Rogers: "It's a bit bittersweet that we didn't win the series but it was nice to win this match and to play in Michael's last Test. I think I've played most in England and Australia so I probably had an advantage. It's been tough, England have bowled exceptionally well , but to stand up a little bit has been something to be proud of.

    "I'm a proud Australian but England's been particularly good to me and I owe England a great deal, so it's a fitting end for me to finish here. Playing cricket for a living isn't the toughest life in the world, but to get this late opportunity and to get this experience with the Aussie guys, I'll never forget it."

  43. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Ian Bell

    "I'm sure Ian Bell will get picked for the UAE series. When he says he's going to have a couple of weeks to take stock, there is a thought he may retire. He's not played great in this series but it's only a couple of weeks ago that he was scoring runs at Edgbaston.

    "He's got a young family, but he only plays the one format and I honestly think he's got another couple of years in the tank. I would encourage him to sit down and think long and hard. I think he's got a little bit more time ahead of him."

  44. Player reaction

    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    England batsman Ian Bell on TMS: "We knew there was talent in the group and playing against New Zealand was a big series for us - the way they play the game rubbed off on us.

    "There's been some amazing cricket this year, the skill levels have been amazing, certainly with the ball.

    "I'm pretty tired and looking forward to a break. Ashes series take everything out of you. They are physically and mentally draining.

    "Hopefully, I've got a lot of cricket ahead of me. I'll take stock over the next few weeks."

  45. Man of the match

    Steve Smith

    Australia batsman and man of the match Steve Smith on Sky Sports: "It was a tough series for batsmen. Coming into this game there was a lot to play for - Michael asked for grit and determination. I like batting in London but it's been disappointing for us to play the way we have throughout the series. Michael has been outstanding - he's had a terrific career and been a great captain and I've certainly learnt a lot off him. We judge ourselves most on Ashes series - hopefully the new players can fit in well and we can keep improving."

  46. Man of the series

    The umpires have had their medals, Steve Smith has collected his man-of-the-match award, and now Chris Rogers is named as Australia's man of the series.

  47. Man of the series

    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    England batsman and man of the series Joe Root on TMS: "The lads have worked hard all summer, starting with New Zealand and now we get to enjoy it all. I'm looking forward to what is going to follow.

    "At the start of the series, I wanted to prove to myself and the rest of the guys that I can do well against Australia. Hopefully it's a stepping stone and not the highlight of my career. We want to beat the best team in the world and that's the challenge now."

    On skipper Alastair Cook: "What Alastair has been through, from the highs to the tough periods, to achieve what we have this summer is fantastic and testament to everything he has done for English cricket. I'm chuffed for him. He deserves all the plaudits he gets."

  48. Man of the match

    Steve Smith is named as man of the match - I suspect for his first-innings 143, rather than his over of unpredictable leg-spin which brought the wicket of Alastair Cook last night. Though without that wicket, might the game still be going on now?

  49. Captain's view

    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    England captain Alastair Cook on TMS: "The last four days haven't quite gone to plan and we're disappointed, but going into the series no-one gave us a chance, so we can't let that take the gloss off a special summer. It has been a topsy-turvy series. There has been a little bit missing in this match - it wasn't complacency - but emotionally to come from such a high at Trent Bridge and be 100% on it was hard and we couldn't quite manage it.

    "Joe Root has been outstanding and led our batting. He has been our leading light and he thoroughly deserves to win man of the series. Australia will be sitting there not quite believing that they've lost the series after playing as well as they did here.

    "Are we near the peak? No we're not, we're nowhere near the finished article, but we've got a very exciting team and I genuinely believe there will be some really good times. Sport tests you in so many ways, but hearing the crowd now sends tingles down your spine."

  50. Man of the series

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Richard Lafette: Man of the series should go to TMS statistician Andrew Samson.

  51. Post update

    And never mind six weeks since the anthems at Cardiff, I make it 17 months since the end of a 5-0 defeat at Sydney when there were calls for Cook to be sacked, the whole team and coaching staff to be replaced, the County Championship to be ripped up and replaced with city-based franchises... and yet here we are with England about to lift the Ashes.

    Proof, if it were needed, that things are rarely as bad - or as good - as people tell you.

  52. Email

    Robert in Leighton Buzzard: A busy summer of seven Tests and a completely unexpected England Ashes victory and yet people are already talking about all the 'work to be done'! We've done it, chaps…

  53. Man of the series

    Joe Root

    Aggers announces that Joe Root is to be given the Compton-Miller Medal for the man of the series. What do you make of the decision? A worthy winner, or can Stuart Broad consider himself unlucky?

  54. Captain's view

    Australia captain Michael Clarke, speaking on TMS: "This game sums up the series, both teams have had a rollercoaster ride. The boys did as I asked, it was a test of our character and we came through it. I would have bowled on the first day too, and we showed that if you bowled well on that wicket you can bowl out a team cheaply."

    On the relationship between the two sides: "Both teams have played the game with the utmost respect. Once we've finished the presentation, we'll go in and have a drink with the England team. We play hard on the field but afterwards it's just a game of cricket."

  55. Post update

    Alastair Cook now leads England out, to great acclaim from the fans. He's obviously been spending a lot of time on his feet, as he's changed into a pair of dark blue trainers.

    There's also a large cross of St George spread out over part of the outfield. It doesn't seem six weeks ago that the players were all lining up for the anthems at Cardiff.

  56. How's stat?!

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "This is only the fifth time that a team have won by an innings and lost by an innings in consecutive Tests in a series, and only the second time in the Ashes. The previous instances are:

    • India v Pakistan, 1952-53
    • Australia v England, 1965-66
    • England v West Indies, 1966
    • India v South Africa, 2010.
  57. Post update

    The injured James Anderson, having donned his whites and England cap, has joined his team-mates on the balcony. Here come the Aussies onto the field.

  58. Player reaction

    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    More from retiring Australia opener Chris Rogers on TMS: "I think we showed that when we play well, we're easily good enough, but we didn't put in enough good performances. We'll look back at this and think 'What if?'

    "I never thought I would get this second opportunity and to be a part of it is pretty special. I feel like a bit of an impostor - I played 80 less games than Michael Clarke. I have massive respect for him and I wish him well. It was fiercely contested but there wasn't any of the niggle that we've had in previous series. These are the series that you get up for and it's been great to be a part of.

    "It's been a weird series and maybe the wickets were influential. For the sake of Test cricket it might have been nice to play on slightly better wickets. Peter Siddle has been exceptional over the past season and I don't think he's done and dusted - I hope he stays in this side for a while. It's a time for me to step away and let things move on without me."

  59. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Matt Quinlan: How are people actually criticising England? How motivated are you to go to work after a long year when the job is done?

    Bryony Lever: Man of the series for me would be between Root and Broad, because when they haven't done well, like at Lord's & here, we've lost.

  60. Post update

    Most of England's players are consuming a few bottled beers in their dressing-room as they await the presentation. Ian Bell, if you didn't know, has joined a very select band - Ian Botham and Wilfred Rhodes, I recall - of Englishmen with five Ashes series wins under their belt.

    Meanwhile, Steve Smith - the once and future king - looks on from the Australian balcony. Drinkless for now.

  61. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Journalist Andrew McGlashan: I mean this in the nicest way, but thank goodness it's two years before we do this again.

  62. Champagne etiquette

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Michael Vaughan

    "As soon as the England players get on the podium together and the champagne is uncorked, they will forget about losing this match. I used to hate getting champagne in my eyes... it really does sting."

    Graeme Swann adds: "It's always left out in the sun so it's hot champagne. That's why we spray it everywhere. It doesn't taste nice when it's warm."

  63. Farewell Chris Rogers

    Retiring Australia batsman Chris Rogers on Sky Sports: "I don't usually get emotional, but this is a sad moment. But it's one to enjoy and finishing alongside an Aussie great, it's a privilege. I'm not going to miss fielding at short leg, but I am going to miss these moments when you win."

  64. Email

    Salim, Toronto: This series will go down in history as one that the Australian selectors got all wrong.

  65. New entry at number 3

  66. Farewell Michael Clarke

    Michael Clarke

    Retiring Australia captain Michael Clarke on Sky Sports: "Both Chris [Rogers] and I made it very clear that this win wasn't about us, it was about showing that fight and determination that is the Australian way. I've been really lucky to play with some fantastic players who have given everything for the team and Chris is definitely one of those. I might still wear the baggy green around the house!"

  67. Farewell Michael Clarke

    Michael Clarke now walks over to some Australian supporters to sign some autographs. Did you know he writes left-handed? Not a surprise considering he bowls left-arm spin - taking an incredible 6-9 in India in only his fourth Test.

  68. Post update

    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "It feels like the series has not got going because all of the matches have been one-sided."

  69. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    James Williams (and many others expressing the same sentiments): With this performance from Siddle, you have to ask why on earth didn't he play in the other games?! Good job he didn't!

    Glen Scrivener: Well done bowlers. You've thrashed the batsmen 5-0 in this Ashes.

  70. Post update

    The Ashes urn

    I hope you can stay with us for the presentations. Australia may have won the game, but there's the small matter of a little urn for England to collect.

  71. How's stat?!

  72. Post update

    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "It has been a very strange game. If you had said at the start of the summer that England would win 3-2, you would have said, 'Goodness me, what kind of a series are we in for?'"

  73. Champagne moment

    Here's a literal champagne moment. In one of the posh boxes, some well-dressed gents have put aside their prawn sandwiches and have just uncorked some fizz.

  74. How's stat?!

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "No batsman has been stumped in this series, the third consecutive Ashes without a stumping after 2013 and 2013-14. The most recent player to be stumped in an Ashes Test was Andrew Strauss at Brisbane in 2010."

    And in Strauss's defence, the game was well and truly saved by that point. The bowler in question? Marcus North.

  75. Final scorecard

    Australia won by an innings and 46 runs

    England won series 3-2

    Australia 481: Smith 143, Warner 85, Voges 76

    England 149: Moeen 30; Johnson 3-21, Marsh 3-30

    England 268: Cook 85, Buttler 42; Siddle 4-35

    Full scorecard

  76. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Tom Clempson: England have won the Ashes, but I don't feel like celebrating, weird series with a lot of work to be done.

    Mary Green: My biggest memory of Ashes is hours on a phone to get tickets, elation when I got them, disappointment when day four is defunct.

  77. Man of the match

    Man of the match? Who knows. Certainly Peter Siddle played a big part. Although given that they normally give it to a batsman, you wouldn't bet against Steve Smith.

  78. Post update

    Jim Maxwell

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Clarke couldn't find his touch in this series, but he's a wonderful batsman and he has had a great career."

  79. How's stat?!

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "There have been only 18 days' play in the series, equalling the record for the fewest in a series of five Tests or more - when England beat West Indies in 2000."

  80. Post update

    Michael Clarke is given a guard of honour

    A nice moment from Australia - after shaking hands with the England batsmen, they walk over towards the Vauxhall End to applaud their canary yellow-clad supporters. Then, the Australian players form a guard of honour for captain Michael Clarke, who has just played his last Test, to lead them off. England wait on the pavilion staircase to shake hands.

  81. Post update

    Jim Maxwell

    BBC Test Match Special

    Australia players celebrate

    "It was hard to imagine an Australia victory like this after the result at Trent Bridge."

  82. Champagne moment

    Australia win by an innings and 46 runs - England win the Ashes series 3-2

  83. WICKET

    Moeen c Nevill b Siddle 35 (Eng 286 all out)

    Moeen Ali loses his wicket

    And it's all over - a straightforward nick to the keeper ends Moeen's defiance and gives Siddle his fourth wicket. Australia have wrapped up the win.

  84. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Peter Coles: I can't help thinking this Ashes series would turned out quite differently had Peter Siddle played in all the matches.

  85. Eng 284-9 (Moeen 35, Finn 8)

    Another flashing cover drive, this time through the air, brings Moeen his sixth four and takes his series average past 40. And he's only batting number eight (nine in this innings because of the nightwatchman). A cheeky single allows him to keep the strike. Time for Johnson?

  86. Eng 279-9 (Aus need one wicket to win)

    Still Mitchell Marsh, I wonder how long it will be before Clarke - who's not averse to a rapid bowling change or two - turns to the pace of Mitchell Johnson. Although I can see why he's not bowling Mitchell Starc, who has not taken a wicket in this Test and has been a bit wayward. Moeen uses both edges of his bat - an outside edge to third man for two, and a tickle off the inside edge down to third man for four - to take his score to 29.

  87. Post update

    Jim Maxwell

    BBC Test Match Special

    "I just wonder where Peter Siddle will fit into this attack on the hard pitches of Australia."

    Graeme Swann adds: "There is always a place for control in a bowling attack. You want to cover all bases."

  88. Eng 273-9 (trail by 59)

    And Finn carefully sees off the over. Siddle's figures: 24-12-33-3.

  89. Eng 273-9 (Aus need one wicket to win)

    Peter Siddle, the lost man of this series, from the Vauxhall End - and he also decides Finn needs some chin music. Finn fends off a single to fine leg, and the Aussie drinks waiters - Shane Watson, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Shaun Marsh - are having a whale of a time, laughing and joking by the boundary. Moeen brings Finn back on strike, and another fortuitous edge brings England's number 11 a four through the slips. He has eight from 11 balls - very tidy for a number 11.

  90. Post update

    Jim Maxwell

    BBC Test Match Special

    "From an Australian point of view, it would be appropriate if Peter Siddle, neglected for so long until this match, took the final wicket."

  91. Eng 267-9 (trail by 65)

    Moeen clearly has no intention of protecting Finn - taking a single off the second ball of the over. Marsh tests Finn with a bouncer - I think these two may be meeting in many more Ashes Tests. More cheers as Finn flicks a single through mid-wicket.

    I heard a stat earlier today - after 15 Ashes Tests in 25 months, we now won't have another for 27 months. Can we wait that long? And what on earth will be the state of international cricket by the time these two teams meet at the Gabba (for as we know, it'll almost definitely start in Brisbane) in November 2017?

  92. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "The future of Test cricket? I think it'll be pink balls and floodlights. Then everyone will yearn for tradition and we'll revert to six-day Tests and eight-ball overs."

  93. Eng 265-9 (Aus need one wicket to win)

    Michael Clarke

    Michael Clarke adjusts his field for possibly the last time in professional cricket. He posts two slips, a fourth slip and a gully for Moeen Ali, who plays and misses at Marsh's first ball.

  94. Eng 265-9 (trail by 67)

    A huge round of applause as Finn shows Siddle a straight bat with an exemplary forward defence. Then, as if to prove his tail-end credentials, he whiffs and misses at one outside off stump. But there are more cheers when he prods forward and the thickest of outside edges scurries to the third man boundary for two. A stay of execution.

  95. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Simeon Lyons: I'd quite like to see England score another 80/90 and have see Michael Clarke come out to open and knock the runs off.

  96. Eng 263-9

    The lanky Steven Finn lopes to the crease. Hopefully he's spent the rain break watching DVDs of his limpet-like innings as nightwatchman in Dunedin a couple of years ago where he blocked his way to a Test fifty.

  97. WICKET

    Broad b Siddle 11 (Eng 263-9)

    Peter Siddle celebrates

    Bowled him! Fast and straight from Peter Siddle and Broad loses his off stump. There's a hint of an inside edge, but Australia are one wicket from victory.

  98. Email

    Richard Caley: It seems to me that all the commentators are getting carried away. This has been a dreadful series from a cricket point of view. Supposedly great bowling is not great if the batting is pathetic. It feels like both teams have an overinflated view of their ability. I am sure South Africa are laughing.

  99. Eng 263-8 (Moeen 21, Broad 11)

    Moeen Ali, left-handed like his partner, takes a fresh guard - and elegantly drives the unshaven Marsh through the covers for four. Lovely shot. More, please.

  100. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "When you consider that Mitchell Marsh came into the series with people saying his batting was fine but his bowling wasn't up to scratch, it's actually been role reversal. He's batted like a tailender and bowled like a first-choice seamer."

  101. Eng 259-8 (trail by 74)

    A change of bowling - Mitchell Johnson was bowling before the interval but now it's Mitchell Marsh marking out his run-up at the Pavilion End. Wholesome applause as Stuart Broad knocks a single into the covers to reduce the deficit from 74 to a more manageable 73.

  102. Post update

    Australia players come onto the field

    One last huddle for Captain Clarke as Australia take the field. Moeen has been located, he and Broad have donned sleeveless sweaters and we're nearly ready to go.

  103. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Liam Plunkett celebrates taking the wicket of MS Dhoni

    "The last time Liam Plunkett played a Test match he took four wickets and bowled well, against India. I think he'll go to the UAE this winter and he has a good chance of playing. He can bang the ball in and his round-the-wicket style of bowling is useful."

  104. Post update

    Australia are hanging around the boundary itching to resume. Stuart Broad's down there too, we're just waiting for the umpires and Moeen Ali. "This is like a club game when one team is desperate to play, and the other team doesn't want to," notes Simon Mann on TMS.

  105. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Matthew Bennett: Broady and Mo to add 130 and then Broady to bowl the Aussies out for 50 too much to ask?

  106. Around the world

    A quick look around the world before we resume - if you were with us earlier, you may know that Kumar Sangakkara played his final international innings in the second Test in Colombo earlier today. The match situation at the P Sara Oval is that Sri Lanka are 72-2 chasing an improbable 413 for victory, with one day remaning.

    Meanwhile, down in Potchefstroom, South Africa were bowled out for 204 by New Zealand in their second ODI. New Zealand have breezed their way to 111-0 in the 25th over.

  107. Who to pick for the UAE?

    Zafar Ansari

    Plenty of debate on TMS about the make-up of England's side for their next Test against Pakistan in the UAE. Michael Vaughan mentions the name of Zafar Ansari as a possible third spinner. I haven't seen much of Ansari play, though I did notice he got hit for a six by Monty Panesar a couple of weeks back. Not many bowlers have that on their CV. Apart from Murali.

  108. Post update

    Thanks, Marc. Having often been used in the "rain watchman" role, it's a pleasure to return to the hot seat. However, in terms of this match, England are 10 minutes away from recommencing their innings - where they're only a couple of steps away from the guillotine...

  109. Post update

    Time for some cricket. Time for Mark Mitchener. I'll be seeing you soon.

  110. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Nick Morrison: Very kind of the rain to halt proceedings just long enough to watch the F1 & 100m!

  111. Post update

    In theory, there's another 73 overs to be bowled in the day and I imagine they'll be able to play until 19:30 BST, maybe even 20:00 BST, if they take the extra half hour.

    That's a lot of time for England to try and survive. Of course, there's loads of rain around tomorrow if they can somehow manage it.

  112. Email

    Bob Buxton: Should T20s & ODIs be combined into a '1-day Ashes' tournament? Obviously the 'proper Ashes' must remain Tests only, but perhaps the T20s & ODIs would benefit from being one big competition, instead of two small ones. It's always an anti-climax.

  113. Play to restart at 15:00 BST

    Sam Sheringham

    BBC Sport at The Oval

    Michael Clarke

    "The covers have all been removed and play will restart at 15:00 BST. The Aussie quicks are warming up on the side of the square, readying themselves to finish the job."

  114. Latest weather update

    The Oval

    BBC Weather's Peter Gibbs: Back edge of the rain band now clearing through, a bit earlier than anticipated. The sun (and England) could be back out within the hour.

  115. Pint-sized Ashes

    Pint-sized Ashes

    While we wait for the rain to be cleared from the pitch, why not have a look at some of the best Pint-Sized Ashes podcasts from the summer? They're all here.

  116. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Ashley Wells: Bad news - the sun has appeared south west of London.

  117. Post update

    Sam Sheringham

    BBC Sport at The Oval

    Ground staff at The Oval

    "The rain has stopped and there are blue skies visible to the west. The groundsmen are soaking up the outfield and are just starting to remove the outer covers. There's still plenty of surface water to be cleared on the covers around the square, but the signs are good that we could have a resumption in the not too distant future."

  118. Gillespie on Clarke

    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    Michael Clarke

    Yorkshire coach and former Australia bowler Jason Gillespie on Michael Clarke on TMS: "He's been a colossal cricketer for Australia. I played with him on his debut in Bangalore when he made 150 and you could tell he had something pretty special. His legacy as a great Australian leader and batsman is well assured. He's a lovely guy, very loyal, very family-orientated. His persona hasn't been everyone's cup of tea but he has always had that drive to be the best he could be."

  119. The rain has stopped!

  120. Meanwhile, over on TMS...

  121. From the press box

  122. Rain stops play

    Just an update on the weather... it's still raining but we are expecting it to brighten up later.

    BBC Weather
  123. Get Involved

  124. Rain stops play

    We're going to leave it there while the rain pours at The Oval. We'll bring you any news on a resumption as soon as we have it. In the meantime, tuck into some live athletics,football or Formula 1.

    Whatever tickles your fancy on this superb sporting Sunday. Bye for now.

  125. Bayliss on Sangakkara

    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    England and former Sri Lanka coach Trevor Bayliss on Kumar Sangakkara on TMS: "He's one of the legends of the game. He's one of those local heroes that a lot of people in Sri Lanka look up to, and he's been a great role model. He's had so many great innings over a period of time, the poise and time that he's got at the crease has been one of his hallmarks.

    "To play that long at that level of performance has been outstanding. I'm sure it will be a hole for Sri Lanka to fill - you can't replace Kumar Sangakkara - but they've got some good young players who will be trying to emulate him."

  126. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Rex Vinorum: Brisbane Courier Mail are probably claiming that @ECB_cricket ordered the weather now...

  127. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Joe Wilson

    BBC News sports correspondent at The Oval

    Lunch at the Oval starting at 12.30 .... Finishing on Tuesday....

  128. Tino tweets

    Meanwhile, in other news...

  129. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Sangakkara has been a beautiful player, stylish, excellent batsman. Nearly all the great players have footwork and he has it. And I don't think there's any doubt he could carry on for two or three years. But you get tired mentally."

  130. Post update

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Sangakkara scored 12,400 runs in 134 Test matches at an average of 57.40. He's the fifth-highest run-scorer in the history of Test cricket. He scored 38 hundreds and 52 fifties."

  131. Post update

    Kumar Sangakkara

    There's a tribute to Kumar Sangakkara on Test Match Special at the moment. You can listen via this page (UK only). Abroad? Try this.

  132. KP v Vaughan

    Meanwhile, while the rain pours, debate over England's line-up for the UAE is raging...

  133. Rain stopped play

    England 258-8 (96 overs) - following on, trail by 74

    Batsmen: Moeen 17*, Broad 10*

    Fall of wickets: 19-1 (Lyth 10), 62-2 (Bell 13), 99-3 (Root 11), 140-4 (Bairstow 26), 140-5 (Stokes 0), 199-6 (Cook 85), 221-7 (Wood 6), 223-8 (Buttler 42)

    Bowling figures: Johnson 16-2-65-1, Starc 16-4-40-0, Lyon 28-7-53-2, Siddle 22-12-25-2, Marsh 13-4-38-2, Smith 1-0-7-1

    Australia first innings 481: Smith 143, Warner 85, Voges 76

    England first innings 149: Moeen 30; Johnson 3-21, Narsh 3-30

    Australia won toss

    Full scorecard

  134. Post update

    It was Mark Richardson. I'm told he would choose his opponent for the race. Darren Lehmann was one he went up against, and here he is breaking the land speed record with Ashley Giles...

    Mark Richardson
  135. Post update

    Clearly this is all filler now while we wait for the rain to go away... but on the subject of athletics, was it New Zealand's Mark Richardson who used to challenge a member of the opposition team to a 100m race at the end of every series? He wasn't very fast by the way. AB de Villiers he was not.

  136. Post update

    "Got any good TV box sets, Broady? Weatherman says we could be off until tea..."

    Broad & Moeen
  137. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Phill Ramsay: Only in England and in a sport like cricket could a cheer go round the ground for rain. #raindance

    Craig Johnston: Three of the most beautiful words in the English language. 'Rain stops play'. Phew!

  138. Post update

    I'll be sad to