England captain Ben Stokes believes a drawn series was a fair result, while Australian counterpart Pat Cummins was left to rue missing a golden opportunity for his side to claim a first Ashes triumph away from home in 22 years.
A compelling Ashes series came to a thrilling climax on Monday when England registered a 49-run victory over their close rival in the fifth and final Test of a closely fought series at The Oval, with the result meaning the five-match series finished tied at 2-2.
While the final scoreline means Australia retains the Ashes for a fourth straight series, the tourists will be disappointed they failed to capitalise on the 2-0 lead they opened up early in the series and missed the chance to record a first series triumph on English soil since 2001.
Conversely, England will be buoyed by the fact they were able to fightback from the early deficit and Stokes was thrilled with the response his players showed over the final three Tests.
“Being in a do-or-die situation, most teams can shy away from it and hope that the results are going to go their way whereas we knew we had to try and force it from the second game onwards,” he said.
“In retrospect, a few things have turned out that way for us and Australia, but I honestly think 2-2 is a good reflection of where both teams are at the moment.
“We have not run away from this momentous event.” The Ashes existed, spoke of it, and walked the path to it. I am very proud of the whole team and what they have achieved in the last few weeks. With Ash’s beginning, the tour to England was an overall success.
‘We missed out’ We wanted to come here to do something, but winning the World Test Championship and keeping Ashe is a very successful Tour. said Cummins.
“Coming here to keep the ashes feels like a missed opportunity.” . So don’t think you should lose sight of it. I think it’s a great achievement to come here and win and be in a lot of winning positions.
“We felt we were in a very good position. We won the first two games, then Headingley and then this week. “It happens. We lost in Birmingham but we found a way to win. If you think so, you will be proud that you were able to keep (the remains). It’s been a great tour, but today we’re all on our feet and hoping to beat Mace 3-1.