Shane Warne and Michael Vaughan react to England drawing the Ashes against Australia
England drew the Ashes series after clinching a 135-run victory over Australia in the final Test at The Oval.
Australia secured an emphatic win in the opening Test at Edgbaston before the Lord’s match ended in a thrilling draw.
Ben Stokes’ brilliance helped England level the series at Headingley, before Australia moved ahead again at Old Trafford.
That win ensured Australia retained the Ashes with a Test to play but England were able to salvage a draw by beating Tim Paine’s side this week in south London.
After England’s Ashes-levelling win, Australia legend Shane Warne told Sky Sports: ‘These are two really evenly matched sides.
‘All the questions we had over top-order batting all those have been the way it has worked out.
‘If you look at this Test series, to finish off the summer after a fantastic World Cup and then the Ashes.
‘If you look through this series and all the comebacks we have had, it has been a fantastic series of cricket.’
The former leg-spinner said: ‘Australia were the better team through this series.
‘I think they played the better cricket for the majority of the series and I think they deserved to win but having said that they only have themselves to blame for losing at The Oval.
‘For the team selection and choosing to bowl first on Thursday morning and it will be a weird feeling lifting the urn after drawing the series 2-2.’
Former England captain Michael Vaughan, meanwhile, said: ‘Australia deserved to retain the Ashes.
‘England have got to celebrate the fact that a few days ago Australia retained the Ashes and we all expected Australia to blow them away this week.
‘With the ball in particular they have been exceptional. Stuart Broad has stepped up and produced another wonderful performance in an Ashes series.
‘This week, as much as it is about the team, it is about Joe Root. He needed this week to give himself a boost.
‘He is doing a lot right. I am really pleased for him. I know how much he wants to be England captain.’