Anderson cherishes success

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Veteran fast bowler James Anderson insisted England's Ashes triumph would have been greater, had the final Test not ended in a rain-affected stalemate at The Oval in London on Sunday.

Veteran fast bowler James Anderson insisted England's Ashes triumph would have been greater, had the final Test not ended in a rain-affected stalemate at The Oval in London on Sunday.

England won the first, second and fourth matches by 14, 347 and 74 runs respectively, while the third and fifth were drawn. The series result, however, would have read four-nil, however, had bad light not stifled a tight finish on the weekend.

"We know we can go to Australia and play even better. It feels pretty good to win the Ashes. It would have felt even better if we could have got the last few overs in there. I am delighted to have won the Ashes. This was fantastic for the crowd," said Anderson.

"As it got closer and closer we really thought we could do it but unfortunately the light didn't hold out. But we are going to cherish this moment because it doesn't happen every often."

Batsman Ian Bell, who amassed 562 runs in 10 innings, including three centuries and two half-tons, at the impressive average of 62.44, was named the hosts' Player of the Series. Seamer Ryan Harris won the award for Australia.

The English and Australians will meet for two Twenty20 Internationals and five ODIs. The first T20I will get underway at the Rose Bowl in Southampton on Thursday.

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