Finally, it is over. An absorbing Ashes summer ended with as much of a whimper as the Australian Test team, as Shane Watson
It ended, not with a match-saving century or a game-winning delivery, but with bad light casting a shadow over the 2013 Ashes. However, the two sides are a lot closer than the scoreline would have you believe, as reflected in the following combined XI of the teams' best players...
Australia batsman Shane Watson was struck by a vicious 88mph Stuart Broad delivery en route to his Ashes century at the Oval
Both sides have taken a gamble, albeit on players at opposite ends of their careers. Alastair Cook will be looking to lead from the front, and continue the remarkable form he showed in the 2010/11 series... The Aussies have bumped Shane Watson - who averages 48 in Ashes matches, 13 more than his overall average - back up to open, mostly due to a lack of other candidates.
Australia's Ashes squad for their Test matches with England this summer boasts just five players with experience of cricket's
Shane Watson insists he "loves" playing cricket for Australia - but stopped short of ruling out international retirement
Usman Khawaja is another victim of Australia's changes "This has been the toughest decision that myself, manager Gavin Dovey
The journalist Shane Watson said in her Sunday Times column that Dawn French and Nigella Lawson's weight loss makes them untrustworthy. She thinks Nigella and Dawn are backtracking on their pre-weight loss claims that they love their bodies. The message of the piece is that all women who embrace their curves are lying.