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Historic result as English retain Ashes

Tourists ensure they’ll take home the urn after Melbourne result

England's Graeme Swann leads the celebrations after the fourth test at the MCG.
England's Graeme Swann leads the celebrations after the fourth test at the MCG.
Image: Gareth Copley/PA Wire.

ENGLND HAVE RETAINED the Ashes for the first time in 24 years – and with a match to spare.

The impressive tourists cruised to a comprehensive victory in the fourth Test in Melbourne overnight.

Australia, resuming 246 runs behind on 169-6 and with Ryan Harris unable to bat, were ultimately dismissed for 258 before lunch on day four at the MCG.

Chris Tremlett, Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan each took a wicket as England won by an innings and 157 runs.

England are now 2-1 up with only the Sydney Test remaining.

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Visiting captain Andrew Strauss hailed the memorable win:

We’re very excited right now. It’s a special occasion the MCG game. And to come out here and retain the Ashes will live long in all our memories.

I had hoped we would do it, but you know how much hard work is needed.

We did a lot of planning for this series and knew what we wanted to do, but it’s another thing going out and doing it.

A lot of credit goes out to [manager] Andy Flower and the backroom staff, but also the players on the pitch who did a fantastic job.

Now we want to go out and win the series but it's pretty amazing what we've achieved here.

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