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Happy family scenes for England's golden boys as they celebrate Ashes victory

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'Freddie' Flintoff, who was making his last test appearance, is congratulated by his proud, and emotional parents, Susan and Colin, and his daughter Holly after the match
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England's captain Andrew Strauss gave his family, wife Ruth and boys Samuel and Luca, a closer look at the famous Ashes urn after leading his team to victory
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24 AUGUST 2009

Proudly watched by their friends, family and the whole nation, England's cricket team became the sporting heroes of the summer as they beat Australia to win back the Ashes on Sunday.

Appropriately boy wizard Daniel Radcliffe and his Harry Potter co-star Tom Felton were among the cheering crowds at the Oval ground to see captain Andrew Strauss and his team work their magic and win the series 2-1.

England's triumph marked a real sporting achievement as the team reclaimed the Ashes from Australia after being whitewashed 5-0 two years ago in the series Down Under.

For other younger spectators it just meant that daddy was free for some family time. And once the final wicket had fallen, many of the cricket stars' children joined their fathers to celebrate.

Paul Collingwood's two little girls, two-year-old Shannon and Keira, one, busied themselves with clearing the field of tickertape watched by their proud dad lying on the turf.

And it was a real family occasion for Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff who was congratulated by his wife Rachael, children Holly, four, Corey, three and 16-month-old Rocky.

His mum and dad, Susan and Colin where also at the London ground to watch their son's last test match appearance, an emotional and proud moment for both of them.

The event also attracted many famous fans including singer Lily Allen, who has been one of the most glamorous faces in the crowd at the Oval test.

Despite being on stage at the V Festival on Sunday, Lily kept up to date with the action. "Come on England, Ashes coming home I reckon," she wrote on her Twitter page ahead of the final game.

"As I predicted, Broady, Man of the Match, well done Broady," she later added in recognition of 23-year-old Stuart Broad, England's new golden boy.

The 24-year-old was not the only 'Twitterer' tweeting about England's success. The prime minister's wife wrote on her profile page, "Sarah Brown wishes Freddie Flintoff a successful knee-op – one of the heroes of England's conquest to regain the Ashes today."

Even the Queen sent word of her congratulations, albeit by more traditional methods.

"The Queen congratulates the England team on their victory in the Ashes, and extends her good wishes to both teams on their excellent performances over the course of the series," said a Buckingham spokesperson.

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