This Ashes equalled in length the shortest five-Test series of modern times of 18 days that took place when England played the West Indies in 2000. The fifth day wasn't needed in any of the matches, with the nearest thing to a 'close' contest, England's 169-run win in the series opener in Cardiff.
Prior to the series both sides spoke about their intention to play aggressive cricket. It became such an ingrained mantra, it was almost as if the thought of playing out a maiden filled some batsmen with a sense of dread.
Australia rectified their approach at The Oval, where their opening boundary did not arrive until the 15th over of the match and they still piled up 481, but by then it was too late to save the Ashes.

"Full credit to England -- they won the key moments in this series, they outplayed us," said Australia coach Darren Lehmann.
We had four of the five top wicket-takers and three of the four top run-scorers, but we didn't win the key moments," the former Australia batsman added.

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