England retain the Ashes

England have retained the Ashes after the third Investec Test against Australia ended in a draw. The hosts lead the five-match series 2-0.

Heavy rain helps England retain the Ashes

England got the draw they needed to retain the Ashes after heavy rain brought the third test to a premature end.

Play was eventually called off at 4.39 pm to the cheers of soaked fans still left inside Old Trafford, who later greeted the celebrating England players on the team balcony.

Watch the highlights of the third test as England sealed their Ashes victory:

Alastair Cook: 'Let's go and win the series'

England captain Alastair Cook has said there is a very "pleasant" feeling in the England dressing room after they retained the Ashes, but insisted that they were focused on going on and winning the series.

England captain Alastair Cook. Credit: EMPICS Sport

Speaking at an indoor presentation, Cook said: "It's a bit of a strange day. Today we had a little bit of luck and it's nice to retain the Ashes.

"It's a bit of a strange day. Today we had a little bit of luck and it's nice to retain the Ashes. The feeling in the dressing room is a very pleasant one. Now we want to go on and win it (the series)."

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England cricket stars celebrate 'outstanding' Ashes win

England cricketers Kevin Pietersen and Stuart Broad have tweeted their delight at their Ashes victory.

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Ashes retained.. Wow! What a feeling.. Outstanding by this team to do it in 3 Tests..

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We have retained the Ashes and it feels magnificent!!!

England were able to retain the famous urn in just three tests after rain meant play was abandoned earlier today.

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Famous faces react after England's Ashes victory

Famous faces including Piers Morgan and Lilly Cooper have paid tribute to England's Cricket players who have successfully retained the Ashes.

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I'm glad we have retained the ashes but all a bit of a let down really. #dampsquib

Draw sees England retain the Ashes

Alastair Cook became an Ashes-winning captain for the first time in anti-climactic circumstances Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

England have retained the Ashes after rain ensured the third test against Australia ended in a draw at Old Trafford.

Alastair Cook became an Ashes-winning captain for the first time in anti-climactic circumstances after the unpredictable Manchester weather spared his side a final-day battle to avoid a defeat that would have kept the series alive.

Umpires Marais Erasmus and Tony Hill officially abandoned the match at 4.39pm to secure England, 2-0 ahead in the five-Test series, a third successive Ashes success for the first time since 1981.

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