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England fans celebrate Ashes triumph

posted 7 Jan 2011, 04:52 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 7 Jan 2011, 05:05 ]

England cricket fans celebrating Ashes series win in Sydney.

England's Barmy Army cricket fans celebrated after their team clinched a 3-1 Ashes series victory over Australia in Sydney on Friday (January 7).

England claimed a first Ashes series triumph in Australia in nearly a quarter of a century in the most emphatic style after wrapping up a third dominant innings victory in five tests.

The tourists, who had already ensured they would retain the Ashes, needed a little more than 17 overs to remove Australia's last three batsmen on day five of the final test to win the series 3-1 with an innings and 83-run victory.

Free entry had ensured a 19,000 crowd watched the tourists perform the final rites and it was dominated by the red and white clad England fans of the Barmy Army, whose songs and chants echoed around the famous Sydney Cricket Ground.

They celebrated wildly as England, just four years after suffering a first Ashes clean sweep in 86 years, matched the achievement of Mike Gatting's touring party of 1986-87.

The England players did a lap of honour after being awarded the crystal trophy that symbolises the tiny urn, deemed too fragile to travel the world.

Australia have lost series by bigger margins but in more than 130 years of test cricket they had never conceded three defeats by an innings or more in a series against any country.