England have retained the Ashes but the question is, can they win the series outright when it comes to Chester-le-Street on Friday?
Ashes players and coaches, past and present, were at a special dinner in Gateshead, where Steve Harmison spoke to our correspondent Dan Ashby.
The weather was glorious. Thousands of fans packed into the ground. England won the toss, chose to bat first - and they were off.
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