Monday 26 August 2013 

Video - Captains React To Ashes Nail-Biter

Watch as England and Australia captains Alastair Cook and Michael Clarke give their thoughts on a thrilling final day's play at The Oval.

England won the Ashes 3-0 following a dramatic day in London, which ended when the players were taken from the field due to bad light with four overs remaining.

England were 206 for five having been set 227 to win and there was widespread condemnation of the ruling that denied the crowd and the players a grand finale.

Michael Clarke earned plaudits for his declaration at tea which set up the match, and he explained that he was prepared to risk losing to try to win the game.

"That's the way I would like to see cricket played and I would certainly like to see the Australian team playing in that type of manner," he said.

"I think we had nothing to lose - obviously 3-0 down and to me, even if we weren't 3-0 down, you have got to try and do everything you can to win the Test match."

Meanwhile, Cook spoke about what winning an Ashes series as captain means to him.

"It has been an intense time, but also a very proud time for me," he said.

"You know, we have had some real tough moments as a side. But, you know, the character we have shown throughout the series, when runs needed to be scored, they were scored, when wickets needed to be taken. I think that is the hallmark of a good side."

Video courtesy of SNTV

© Cricket World 2013

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