Flower: Scoreline flattering
England coach Andy Flower credited his players' resolve after a fourth Test victory over Australia at Durham clinched the Ashes series.
The hosts needed a special fourth-day bowling performance from Stuart Broad, who took six wickets to help skittle Australia out for 224 in their pursuit of 299 for victory.
It was not all plain sailing, though - touring openers Chris Rogers and David Warner put on 109 for the first wicket to silence the home support - and Flower paid tribute to his side's courage in the face of adversity.
He said afterwards: "When we started the series, we knew it would be a tough battle and that's exactly what's happened. I know the scoreline reads 3-0 but it's been really tough. The players will feel very proud of themselves.
"There've been some outstanding performances. Ian Bell's batting has been superb - so skillful and calm under pressure, which is really nice for him to come through like that.
"We've had some of our top players not quite in top form but they've battled through - for example, Alastair Cook has three 60s in the series, I think, at important times.
"It was a stand-out performance from Stuart Broad today. We've seen him do that in Test cricket before and in Ashes cricket before. When he gets the bit between his teeth then he can create a lot of problems."
On the efforts of England captain Alastair Cook, Flower added: "Of course, Ashes cricket is important to both countries. It lights up the cricket atmosphere in whatever country it's being played in. It's great for the players - it's very satisfying for them.
"For the skipper, it also ratchets it up. He has to take a lot of responsibility and make a lot of decisions - but Cook is a very good man. He's a strong man and since he's played international cricket and then taken on the captaincy, he's shown that.
"For me, personally, I'm very proud to play my part in English cricket. Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook have been talking for 15 minutes and I'm sure they're talking about the proud moments they've had representing your country."