The Oval Test may have ended up as a winning one for the retiring Australian captain Michael Clarke, but it wasn’t enough to end his country’s 14-year wait for an Ashes series win on England.
Alastair Cook’s side claimed the spoils 3-2 after being routed by an innings and 46 runs in London, but still managed plenty of smiles as they were handed the tiny urn in the post-match ceremonies.
Here is how Twitter reacted to a series that has been thrilling and unpredictable in equal measure:
Sun journalist John Etheridge neatly summed up the huge swings between the two sides in one post
Amazing series, really. England lost two Tests by an innings and still won the Ashes.
— John Etheridge (@JohnSunCricket) August 23, 2015
Ousted former batsman Kevin Pietersen predictably had a few words to say on the series, but implored England to get on with the partying
We’ve won the Ashes! England should do it properly now. Get bowled out for 100 then 20 in the 2nd dig & party for three days. — Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) August 21, 2015
After coming to blows in a Birmingham Walkabout two years ago, David Warner and Joe Root were able to share a post-match drink without fighting this time
— Joe Root (@joeroot05) August 23, 2015
Ian Bell, who could retire after becoming only the second Englishman to win five Ashes, grabbed a quick pic before being handed the urn
Rogers signed off on international cricket as Australia’s man of the series, and was given a heartfelt send off from fellow opener Warner after the Oval Test
Not the series result we wanted but a great way to finish off with a win. I am gonna miss opening up with Chris. It’s been an amazing ride together with 9×100 run partnerships and one 200, with over 2000 runs together from 41 innings with an ave 51. Chris does not get enough recognition for what he has achieved in his career not just internationally but his overall first class stats are up their with the greats of the game. Thank you mate for all the positive energy you brought to the team and for us out in the middle when batting. Fantastic bloke on and off the field and it’s been a privilege to play along side you. #Ashes2015
Root clearly wasn’t taking his press conference with Alastair Cook very seriously
And a final farewell to Clarke
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) August 23, 2015
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