Post-match reaction to the drawn third Ashes Test between England and Australia at Old Trafford.
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Alastair Cook admitted the rain had slightly dampened England's celebrations after they retained the Ashes when play was abandoned at a soggy Old Trafford this afternoon.
England, leading 2-0 going into this Third Test, had come under pressure this morning, needing to bat out the day to avoid defeat against Australia.
But with the hosts on 37 for three, they got a helping hand from the Manchester weather.
"It's obviously a great feeling if a slightly strange feeling today," Cook said on Sky Sports. "It's been a bit of a strange day but for the lads to retain the Ashes after three games, we've played some pretty good cricket in the first two games.
"We were behind the eight ball for quite a lot of this game, but we fought hard today and had a little bit of luck with the weather. It's certainly nice to retain the Ashes."
Australia declared twice in this Test and did most of the running but ran out of time as the weather closed in.
Australia made 527 for seven in the first innings and then declared on 172 for seven this morning, leaving England with a target of 332 which soon became irrelevant.
"I think it's been a really good series," Cook added. "At Lords we played really well. Trent Bridge was a nailbiting game and we were glad to get on the right side of that result.
"This game, it was an important toss to win but fair play to Australia the way they played put us under a lot of pressure, getting 500 and plenty in that first innings, but we responded pretty well with the bat and fought hard.
"We knew if we could bat for a long time in that first innings we would take the pressure off in the second innings.
"Obviously the weather hasn't been ideal today but you can't predict that. It hasn't quite got the atmosphere because of that, but the feeling in the dressing room now is a very pleasant one. We set out to retain the Ashes and we've done that. Now we want to go and win the series."
Australia captain Michael Clarke was named man of the match after making 187 in the first innings, but he would have gladly swapped his magnum of champagne for a few hours of sunshine this afternoon.
"I don't want to take anything away from England, they played good cricket and deserved to be 2-0 up," he said. "That's the price you pay if you go 2-0 down in England, there's always a chance of a bit of rain and we've paid the price.
"But I'm proud of the way we've come out and fought in this Test match."
Asked about his century, Clarke added: "It's always nice to make runs, don't get me wrong, and every hundred for Australia is something you're very proud of but the result makes it irrelevant.
"I'd rather make a duck and have won the Test match.
"I didn't feel fantastic (at the start of the innings) and had a little bit of luck, but it was nice to spend some time at the wicket, and it will be important to make more runs in the next two Test matches."
There is now a very brief respite until the series moves north to Durham for the start of the fourth Test on Friday, where Cook is targeting a series win.
"After three Test matches I would have snapped your hand off to be in this position," he said.
"It's a really nice feeling and we'll enjoy tonight and then go back to Durham to work really hard."
England coach Andy Flower added: "I think the day for everyone was a bit of an anti-climax. It was a hard-fought Test match with two good teams going at each other, and a really excellent Test match pitch which deteriorated as the match went on, and the ground staff have to be complimented on that.
"I think some of the things we saw through the game, it was great for the spectators. It was a great four days of Test cricket though it did peter out a bit."
Like Cook, Flower credited England's response in the first innings with saving the game.
"I thought what really ensured our draw in this Test was the fight we showed in the first innings, to bat for 140 overs on a pitch already showing wear was tremendous."
Flower said Graham Onions and Chris Tremlett had both been added to the squad for the next Test, with England's bowling options to be reviewed after some gruelling days.
But whatever changes are made, he expects the series to continue in the fashion in which it started.
"I think our team has played some excellent cricket," he said.
"The Trent Bridge Test was sensational for everyone watching, both sides put up a great show and we dominated that second Test. We've been slightly behind in this one so it's been a really interesting series for everyone to watch.
"The crowds at the ground have loved it and I can't see why the next two Tests shouldn't be great adverts too. We're playing good cricket and we expect to do well up in Durham too."