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Watch Tim Bresnan and Alastair Cook's reaction to England's victory at the MCG

Tim Bresnan did his best to describe the “phenomenal” moment he took the wicket that meant England had retained the Ashes at the MCG today.

The seamer had Ben Hilfenhaus caught behind to put the tourists, who already held the urn, 2-1 up in the series with only the Sydney finale to come.

Bresnan, who was making his Ashes debut having been preferred to Steven Finn, finished with match figures of 6-75 from 34.4 overs in Melbourne.

Asked how taking the final wicket felt, he told “Phenomenal, I think is the only explanation.

“Emotion like ‘over the moon’. There’s not many words to describe it that I can say … but absolutely fantastic.

“Definitely, it’s up there with the Twenty20 World Cup; I reckon it probably surpasses it. Who would have thought we’d have two moments like that in the space of seven months?”

Ben Hilfenhaus, Tim Bresnan & James Anderson

Bresnan had Ben Hilfenhaus caught behind to retain the Ashes. “Phenomenal, I think is the only explanation," he said

Alastair Cook was not part of the World Twenty20 triumph in May, but he could compare today’s victory with winning the Ashes at the Brit Insurance Oval last year.

“It was incredible,” he added. “Just walking around at the end to see the Barmy Army.

“We were talking about if it topped the Oval and it probably did in terms of pure emotion and achieving something which, at the beginning of the tour, we knew we could do but only dream about.”

Cook gave an insight into the atmosphere in the England dressing room after completing victory by an innings and 157 runs.

“All the families are there - the wives, the girlfriends, the kids – it’s just sensational atmosphere in there at the moment,” he said.

“These are the moments you will remember. Obviously we’ll remember ‘Bressy’ nicking off Hilfenhaus, but at the moment just chatting in there it’s sensational.”

Bresnan reiterated that England are not content with merely retaining the Ashes and want to finish the series off in style.

“We’ve come here to win a series and at the minute the series is not won. We need to win in Sydney. It would be a fantastic end to a fantastic winter,” he concluded.

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