England sorry for Oval behaviour

The England cricket team said they did not mean to "disrespect" Surrey Cricket Club and apologised for their "inappropriate behaviour" amid reports that several players urinated on the Oval pitch after winning the Ashes.

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Australia coach accuses Broad of 'blatant cheating'

Darren Lehmann was an Australian Test regular in the early 2000s. Credit: PA

Australia coach Darren Lehmann has accused England's Stuart Broad of "blatant cheating" and has urged cricket fans Down Under to make sure the bowler "cries and goes home" during this winter's return Ashes series.

Broad has earned the wrath of Australia's players and fans when he did not walk after nicking a ball behind in the first Test.

"Certainly our players haven't forgotten, they're calling him everything under the sun as they go past," Lehmann said of Broad's failure to walk in an interview given to Australia radio station Triple M.

"From my point of view I just hope the Australian public give it to him right from the word go for the whole summer and I hope he cries and he goes home.

"I just hope everyone gets stuck into him because the way he's carried on and the way he's commented in public about it is ridiculous."

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England look to make history with 4-0 Ashes win

Our preparation has been excellent, training has been good and we haven't done anything different than if it was 1-1 in the series.

To win the Investec Ashes 4-0 has never been done before, so I think that is our motivation as a side. I think it would be very special.

We don't need any more motivaton. To win a Test match is enough for us. It always is

– England captain Alastair Cook

Alastair Cook determined to win final Ashes Test

Captain Alastair Cook (right) is determined to win the final Ashes Test at the Oval. Credit: PA Wire

The bulk of the job may already be done, but England captain Alastair Cook is determined to deliver a final Ashes insult to Australia when the Test gets underway today.

Victory in Durham moved the hosts into a 3-0 series lead with one match to play, ensuring the urn would stay with England for the third time in a row.

Cook's side allowed themselves a well-earned celebration following their 74-run success last time out, but he was adamant there would be no loss of competitive edge at the Kia Oval.

He believes any Test match against Australia is reason enough to be at full tilt, but with the tantalising prospect of becoming the first England side to win a home Ashes 4-0 on the table, he expects his men to go in hungry for the win.

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