Earth, I’m comin down!

Warmest congratulations to you, the England team and all in the squad for the magnificent achievement of regaining the Ashes. This has been a truly memorable series and both sides can take credit for giving us all such a wonderfully exciting and entertaining summer of cricket at its best.


– The Queen of Australia, among other countries, displays her partisanship in a congratulatory message to Michael Vaughan

I wasn’t kidding when I compared the end of The Oval Test to the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games. Today feels like the day after the end of an Olympics. Montreal 1976 to be precise.

It was a drama, thriller and comedy rolled into one, though not a tragedy. Nothing much is genuinely tragic in sport, least of all an end of 16 years’ one-way traffic.
– Gideon Haigh, The Guardian

Here’s the CBBC Newsround overview of England’s victory.

More links and observations as the week progresses. It’s what will be said in the weekend papers that I think will be most interesting.

Surely this means pm howard will lose the next election.
– Nick Whittock, Ashes

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