Who could have guess this after the one innings defeat at Headingley? The Aussies had squared the series and the Oval was to be the decider. They only needed a draw or a tie and after England's 332 in the first innings a victory wasn't at all certain.
In my humble opinion it was Broad's spell of five wickets for 37 runs in the first innings that paved the way for the victory. Ponting got 8 and Hussey was out for a duck. The Aussies only managed 160. There you see, it is not only England who have perfected the art of collapsing.
England declared on the third day with 373 for 9, leaving Australia to chase a total of 545 for a tie and 546 for a win. England now had two days to get the Aussies out, which they managed already on the fourth day. Australia fought back with a decent score, managing to get 348 runs but with the collapse on day two, that meant a win for England by 197 runs. The Ashes is coming home!
Although Swann totalled eight wickets in the final test, I still think Broad is the one who saved England this time. There were high hopes that Flintoff would do that, and getting Ponting run out was genius, and Trott is to be congratulated for getting 160 runs in his test début, with a century in the second innings, still, Broad was my man this time.
Sorry for this interlude. The final episodes of Surrender story will be posted shortly. And the sport is Cricket for those who aren't sure. And forgive me, dear Aussies out there, for being a little biassed.