England lift Ashes urn after Oval defeat
England's Ashes celebrations began in earnest despite suffering an innings defeat to end the Investec Series at the Kia Oval.
Captain Alastair Cook lifted the little urn on home soil for the second time in his career after securing a 3-2 scoreline few suggested was possible at the start of the summer.
A series marked by extreme results was completed by Australia's innings-and-46-run success, which allowed their retiring skipper Michael Clarke and opener Chris Rogers to bow out with a win.
Winning the Ashes in England for the first time in four attempts was, however, top of Clarke's agenda and his retirement announcement came at Trent Bridge once that opportunity was lost.
That rousing success in Nottingham ensured Cook and his men arrived in south London knowing the job had been completed and the party plans in place despite any result.
Autralia completed their consolation win 28 minutes after a near three-hour rain delay when the recalled Peter Siddle had Moeen Ali caught behind.
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Australia needed four wickets at the start of the day to confirm victory and struck twice before the forecast rain arrived at 12.17pm.
Nightwatchman Mark Wood almost ran himself out before he was trapped lbw by Siddle after a review in the fourth over of the morning.
Jos Buttler followed inside the first hour when he spooned a catch to a diving Mitchell Starc off Mitchell Marsh after contributing his series best of 42.
The rain then tumbled down, forcing the players and fans inside, but when the sun returned so too did a healthy crowd as they sought to witness Cook lifting the urn.
They did not have to wait long as Siddle mopped up the final two wickets to return a six-wicket match haul on his comeback.
Stuart Broad swished at an inswinger that crashed into his off stump before Moeen departed for an elegant 35.
Clarke walked off the ground to a guard of honour from his players before the presentation of the Ashes trophies to Cook and his side in front of the Oval Pavilion.
Joe Root was named the Compton-Miller man of the series before the moment the fans, and players, had been waiting for arrived as Cook lifted the famous urn at 4.12pm.
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