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England descended to defeat by an innings and 46 runs in the fifth Ashes Test to narrow the margin of their 2015 Ashes series success to 3-2.
The hosts lost their last four wickets for 83 runs either side of a two-hour rain break on day four at The Oval, and were bowled out for 286.
They knew of course, irrespective of their performance in this epilogue Test, that they would be holding the urn up to a packed crowd at the conclusion.
But there was a hollower ring to celebrations for Alastair Cook's team, after Moeen Ali was last out to Peter Siddle to confirm them significantly second-best here.
England will need to be at their best with the bat after Australia made 481 in the opening innings.
The heroes for the tourists were Steve Smith (143) and David Warner (85), who lay the foundations for the score.
Ben Stokes, Steven Finn and Moeen Ali took three wickets each for the hosts at the Kia Oval.
Australia are dominating the dead rubber final Test at the Kia Oval thanks to centurion Steve Smith.
The Australia No.3 has reached his 11th century of his career as his team have made 358-5.
England one-day international batsman Sam Billings has dislocated his finger while keeping wicket for Kent.
Billings, part of the England team which defeated New Zealand in a thrilling Royal London Cup series this summer, hurt himself in an LV= County Championship match away to Derbyshire.
He may therefore be a doubt for the forthcoming ODI series against Australia.
Kent, waiting to hear the full extent of the 24-year-old's injury, tweeted on their official feed: "Sam Billings has dislocated a finger and has gone to hospital for a precautionary X-Ray."
Ashes winner Chris Tremlett has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.
Fast bowler Tremlett was a cornerstone of England's famous 2010/11 series success in Australia, where he took 17 wickets in three Tests.
The 33-year-old, who took 459 wickets in a 15-year first-class career, made his announcement on Surrey's official website on Friday.
Australia reached 242-3 on the opening day of the Fifth Test, thanks to 85 from David Warner.
The opener was eventually dismissed by Moeen Ali, who had him caught by Adam Lyth.
Skipper Michael Clarke, playing in his final Test, made 15 before Ben Stokes had him caught behind.
Mark Wood had Chris Rogers caught by Alastair Cook in the slips for 43.
Australia made it to afternoon drinks on 135-1, with David Warner (73) and Steve Smith (9) still at the crease.
Not out openers Chris Rogers and David Warner struck 82 in the opening two hours at the Kia Oval.
Rogers calmly made his way to 27 and Warner reached his half centurion before play ended for lunch.
England chose to bowl first on a cloudy morning at The Oval as they bid to add a first ever fourth Ashes Test victory in a home series to their success already over Australia this summer.
The hosts were predictably unchanged, after it emerged on Wednesday that James Anderson is not yet fit, from the team that won by an innings to go 3-1 up and regain the urn at Trent Bridge.
Australia did spring a minor surprise, choosing Peter Siddle ahead of Pat Cummins to replace injured seamer Josh Hazlewood.
The tourists made one other anticipated change, all-rounder Mitch Marsh back at the expense of his brother Shaun.
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