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Cook was walking back to the pavilion within the first over but Ravi Bopara stares with the ball to earn 172-run victory

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Michael Clarke has warned England that fit again Brett Lee is determined to put his summer of disappointment behind him by guiding Australia to victory in the one-day international series.

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The Oval has staged a wonderful Test match and produced a worthy victor. Everyone has played their part. Afterwards, one camp was delirious and the other despondent but these emotions will pass.

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Australia 340-9 dec England Lions 23-0

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Australia emerged from the Birmingham Test with heads held high and hope intact. Historians will look back at the scorecard and conclude that the match was easily saved.

'We played by the spirit of the game' says Ponting

Australian captain attacks England's time-wasting tactics in the closing overs

The Australian angle: Ponting's tactics let home side off hook

Ricky Ponting's limitations as captain were exposed on an increasingly entertaining opening day played on a supine surface. After the visitors had taken three unexpected wickets on a patchy morning, all Australia expected their captain to spare no bones in pursuit of further scalps. As much has been the antipodean tradition since Fred Spofforth first glared at an English toff. After all it was the first day of an Ashes series, not a time for holding back. Everyone could remember the explosive exchanges at Lord's in 2005, outbursts that set the tone for the campaign. Every 20 minutes or so a wicket fell or a batsman was hit on the head. It was great stuff. But, then, the pitch was firmer and the venue more inspiring.

The Australian angle: Hughes can get Australia off to a flying start

The tourists are vulnerable after a gamble on recalling players from injury backfired, but their gifted young opener may rapidly change the mood, writes Peter Roebuck

Matthew Hayden's Ashes Summer: Australia are just too strong – but we said that in 2005...

The man at the heart of Australia's most successful side ever shares his unique insights and hard-hitting opinions

Lee will miss Ashes opener

Boost for English hopes as Australia's most experienced bowler suffers rib injury

Lee to miss Ashes opener

Brett Lee is to miss the first npower Ashes Test in Cardiff starting on Wednesday with a left side injury, Australia have confirmed.

Lee's mastery of movement could swing it

The Australians seem to have fine-tuned their line-up in the nick of time

Hughes falls again to fiery Harmison

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