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Rupert Wyman 23rd Aug 2009 - 18:23

Super Strauss leads England to Ashes triumph

Andrew Strauss led England to a 2-1 Ashes series victory after his side finally bowled Australia all out for 348, thus winning the fifth and final Test at The Oval by 178 runs.

The series was action-packed with plenty twists and turns including some quite frankly shocking displays from the eventual winners at times. But in the end the hosts got there and they won't care one jot when they celebrate the night away.

The Test at The Oval of course was all-rounder Andrew Flintoff's Test swansong and he couldn't have wished for a better exit from the Test arena.

Freddie's battered body will now go under the knife on Tuesday in preparation for future challenges in the one-day game.

England, once they sober up, will prepare themselves for the upcoming seven-match one-day series against Australia. First up though are Ireland on Thursday as the sides play a single one-dayer then the England Australia rivalry resumes as they go head-to-head in two Twenty20 internationals before the one-day series gets underway on 4 September back at The Oval.

Australia are the 4/9 favourites to win the one-day series and Ricky Ponting's side will be licking their wounds following The Ashes so this looks a fair bet, especially as England are not as convincing in the shorter form of the game.

The hosts are available at 13/8 to win the ODI series if you think that they can use the momentum from The Ashes.

The one-day series between the series will be the ideal preparation for both sides as they build up to the ICC Champions Trophy which begins on 24 September in South Africa. The Aussies are current 9/2 third favourites while England are big outsiders at 8/1.

During the winter Strauss will take his side for a tour of South Africa which includes a four-match Test series.  Despite England's Ashes win they are the outsiders at 4/1 to win the Test series in South Africa with the home side 1/2 jollies and a drawn series available at 7/2.

Looking even further in the future William Hill already have prices available for the next Ashes series which begins Down Under in 2010.

Australia are 4/6 favourites to regain The Ashes, while England are priced at 2/1 to win their first Ashes series in Australia since 1986/87. The drawn series is a 9/2 shot.

Let's hope that England can build on this Ashes success as they failed to do following the win in 2005. There are still plenty of questions that need answering regarding England's team but we will leave those issues for another day as we bask in the glory of beating the Aussies.

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