"The disappointment has in some ways set in now, but it will feel worse the day after. It will be a tough couple of days but when you talk about pride there is a lot of that in our side and a lot of character as well. There are a lot of lads who want to prove that we can win a Test match in Australia and prove they can play against Australia so I don’t think there will be a need to rally round the lads." - England captain Andrew Flintoff

"We sat down and said England played well and deserved to win last time. It is not a situation I wanted to be in again. The way the guys came back has been exceptional. I think the Ashes are now back where they belong." - Veteran Australia seamer Glenn McGrath

"After losing the last one we had to go back and look at ourselves. We had to try to find ways to improve and I think we did that. I think this has been second to none. Adelaide was the best win I’ve been involved with and we will remember this win for a long time." - Australia captain Ricky Ponting

"Sometimes you have to take a step back and say well played. But it’s frustrating that we are 3-0 down and we have played some good cricket in that time. We are down at the moment. We have had three very difficult weeks but we have got two Test matches left to turn things around and give a better account of ourselves and put some pointers down for the future." - England opener Andrew Strauss

"Obviously it is disappointing we lost the Ashes. The first day I bowled quite well but then the last day we lost the Ashes, so it’s been an up-and-down game for my Ashes debut." - England spinner Monty Panesar

"It is going to take a long time to wipe the smile off the face. I’m really proud to be part of such an Australian team. It’s everyone’s achievement, not one or two of the guys." - Australia batsman Mike Hussey

"His Ashley Giles pick, his Monty Panesar pick, his Marcus Trescothick pick for the tour and Geraint - they couldn’t be more wrong. It couldn’t have gone worse for him and hence, a lot of the criticism is going to go in Duncan’s direction." -Former England captain Nasser Hussain on coach Duncan Fletcher

"I am worried now about where it goes from here. I’m worried it could be 5-0. We are going to Melbourne and we are probably going to get another thrashing. I can’t see where they are going to pick themselves up." - Former England batsman Geoff Boycott

"England have been outplayed, outgunned and outthought by a very good team - but a team they should have done better against." - Former England all-rounder Ian Botham

"It’s a game you’ve got to respect and I don’t think they’ve respected it enough on this tour. We played two three-day warm-up games but why not play two four-day games - it’s only another two days - to get two proper practice matches?" -Former England captain Mike Gatting

"When England got knocked out of the ICC Champions Trophy for the players to go home for a week to be with their families rather than coming to Australia to train and practice... that is a charge that will be levelled at Duncan Fletcher and the team. They’ve got some real explaining to do on that." - Former England bowler and BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew

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