Emotional Cook regains the Ashes for England

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England have triumphed over Australia to win back the Ashes urn after an entertaining victory at Trent Bridge.

The hosts were not even required to bat twice as they won by an innings and 78 runs. Mark Wood was the man to get the final wicket as Nathan Lyon played onto his own stumps to leave Australia on 253 all out.

The scenes of victory were particularly welcome for skipper Alastair Cook, who was under severe pressure to achieve this summer after a lack of success in recent times.


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The Australians were by far the favourites after completing a 5-0 thrashing of England down-under last year. And with another test still to be played at the Oval, it is even more surprising that this England team managed such a comfortable victory over their oldest enemy.

Captain Cook has silenced all of his doubters with a superb performance both in terms of his management of the team and solid batting displays. It could be argued that his leadership was the main reason for this young England team's victory.

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Clarke bowing out

At the other end of the spectrum, Australian captain Michael Clarke has had a miserable time on tour and could not inspire his teammates into a revival. Indeed, their victory in the match at Lord's is the only highlight of a very disappointing Ashes series.

It has been rumoured that Clarke will not be leading the Australians for much longer as this defeat may provoke a mass exodus of ageing players in their squad.

Of course, to lose an Ashes series before the final test is a blip in his career, but coupled with the fact that he has never won any of the four tours he has captained in England, perhaps a change would be welcomed.

Whoever it is that leads Australia against England next time out, the match is sure to be another thriller.

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