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By Matthew Henry and Amy Lofthouse

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  1. Australia retain the Ashes with thrilling win

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    So Australia have retained the Ashes in England for the first time in 18 years. Can they go on and win it? We'll find out from Thursday when the last Test begins at The Oval.

    England can still draw the series 2-2 and that will surely be their aim.

    That's all from us here.

    Scroll down for all of the reaction and highlights. Click here for full details of what happening on a gripping final day.

    See you on Thursday.

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    England were left with 36 overs to bat with four wickets in hand at the start of the final session.

    Jos Buttler, Craig Overton and Jack Leach all fought admirably but the task was too much.

    Here's how it all ended.

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    There was more resistance after lunch from Joe Denly and Jonny Bairstow but eventually both fell.

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    Jack Skelton

    BBC Sport at Old Trafford

    Australia retain the Ashes 18 months on from the ball-tampering scandal and for the first time in England for 18 years.

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    The morning session seems an awful long time ago.

    England came through an hour unscathed with Jason Roy and Joe Denly at the crease.

    But Australia hit back with the wickets Roy and Ben Stokes.

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    Small Man Peaky: I’m terrified for the 2020/21 Ashes in Australia. The Australian bowling lineup will pretty much all still be the same. The batting will pretty much be the same, maybe Paine will have retired. It’ll be 5-0 but I have a feeling it’ll be even worse than 2013/14.

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    Jack Skelton

    BBC Sport at Old Trafford

    Tim Paine says he's just very happy to be part of this side because he could have been working for Kookaburra instead. Paine was set to take a job at the cricket equipment company in 2017 before a late change of plans saw him sign a new contract with Tasmania.

  8. 'We watched Headingley defeat back'

    Justin Langer, speaking to Sky Sports: "We talk about humility. I've been coaching a while now, this has been the most challenging week of my career, and now, my most satisfying. They way we were, we could easily have had our tails between our legs. We got everyone together after Headingley and watched that horrible final 15 minutes. It's been a tough week. The feeling in the camp was so bad the night before, we had to face it head on."

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    Best get to work, Jamie!

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    SMS Message: The deadline for my masters dissertation is 11:59 tonight and I've spent the whole day watching every ball. from Jamie in London
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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Australia look like they might be getting to something that could be quite powerful over the next few years.

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  12. 'Smith on another level'

    Australia coach Justin Langer, speaking to Sky Sports: "We kept thinking about 2004, winning in India after many years, and we were really disciplined then. We kept thinking if we can expose techniques, that's the best way to go about it.

    "Here, with a very dry surface, and the work Starc has put in, we thought he'd do a great job, and he did.

    "We've got the best fast bowler in the world and the best Test batsman in the world. I thought Virat Kohli was the best batsman I've ever seen because of the way he plays in all forms, but Steve Smith... that's another level.

    "He's a great problem solver. His hunger for the game, I've never seen anything like it."

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  13. 'England Test match team needs some loving'

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    It's clear to me that the Test match team needs a bit more loving, in terms of everything around it.

    The England fans have been magnificent. What they want to see in the last Test match is the same fight they saw today.

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  14. 'This series has been incredible for Test cricket'

    Australia coach Justin Langer on Sky Sports: "The players take all the credit, but a lot of hard work and planning goes into this. This series has been incredible for Test cricket and it's nice to get the job done."

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    The light is still perfect at Old Trafford. It wouldn't have saved England. They'd have had to have lasted until now to draw.

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    Jack Skelton

    BBC Sport at Old Trafford

    Joe Root says England's victorious World Cup campaign is no reason for the Test side's failure to regain the Ashes.

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    England showed a lot of fight but Australia kept chipping away.

    They took two important wickets in the afternoon session.

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  18. Root says England will 'fight' at Oval

    Jack Skelton

    BBC Sport at Old Trafford

    At his press conference, a clearly gutted Joe Root says he has learned a lot about his side today and will fight to win the fifth Test at The Oval.

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    I hope Australia celebrate rather too much and they're a bit hungover on Thursday morning - but I doubt it! They'll be gutted if they don't take the urn home having won the series. They're playing good enough cricket.