There is surely no better way to cap off a monumental summer for English cricket than with a handsome victory over the Aussies at the Oval.

A summer that began with an epic World Cup win has perhaps fittingly finished with a 153-run victory to ensure the Aussies 22-year wait for a series win in England continues.

Trevor Bayliss’ last game in charge will have been a particularly pleasing one for England given that they looked the better side throughout and put in a high-quality all-round performance.

With that in mind, here are the five things we learned from the fifth Ashes test.

England appear to have found their Sir Alistair Cook replacement.


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How impressive has Rory Burns been this summer? The opener has battled excellently against a formidable Australian attack this series and now looks at home in test cricket.

England wanted a replacement for the resolute defence of Cook and it appears in Burns they may have found that. It is an encouraging statistic that the Surrey batsman faced more balls in this series than Cook did in any home series.

He put together a fantastic partnership with Joe Root in the first innings and seems to look more composed every time he is at the crease.

Sam Curran is a player that we should be excited about.


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Curran has been waiting patiently for his opportunity to make his mark on this magnificent summer of English cricket and he ensured he did just that in the final Ashes test.

The left-arm swing bowler was fantastic in the first innings, taking 3-46, and gave Steve Smith, in particular, all sorts of issues.

At just 21 years old, his future looks very bright and he is certainly a player to be excited about.

England’s fast bowling attack looks a ferocious one.


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Once again, the Aussies were unable to deal with England’s fast bowling attack at the Oval as first Jofra Archer and then Stuart Broad tore through their batting line up.

Broad’s performance served a reminder that he is still up there among the finest bowlers in the game, while Archer’s shows he is also in that conversation, despite only having played in four tests.

With the greatest fast bowler in test cricket history Jimmy Anderson still to return to the side, England look set to have a truly ferocious bowling attack moving forward.


Whoever takes over as the new England coach will have a lot to work with.

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The Oval will have provided Joe Root’s men with lots of positives as they head out of the Bayliss era.

There were impressive performances throughout the spine of the side, as Burns, Denly, Root, Stokes, and Buttler all provided scores, while all the bowlers, including Root himself, picked up important wickets.

This is an exciting group of players and one that will provide whoever steps up to take the job with a lot to work with.


The appetite for English cricket is as fervent as ever.


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It has been a long summer of international cricket in England but the support of the home fans throughout has been nothing short of phenomenal.

From the World Cup opener, all the way through to day four of the final Ashes test at the Oval, via the World Cup win at Lord’s and ‘that innings’ at Headingley, the atmosphere at every ground has been sensational.

This summer has surely proven that there is no better place in the world to watch cricket than England.