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Ashes reaction: Giles Clarke has hit out at the ICC after bad light caused a farcical end to the fifth Ashes Test

Giles Clarke: 'It's totally unsatisfactory the way the game ended'

England chairman Giles Clarke has hit out at the International Cricket Council after bad light caused a farcical end to the fifth Ashes Test.

England needed just 21 runs from 24 balls to make history against Australia and wrap up a 4-0 home series success when - amid a cacaophony of boos from an increasingly febrile Oval crowd - the players were taken off by umpires Aleem Dar and Kumar Dharmasena because of bad light.

Clarke said: "It's totally unsatisfactory the way the game ended - the rules are clearly unacceptable and I expect [ICC chief executive] David Richardson to change it at the next ICC chief executives' meeting.

"It's a great moment though, the country should appreciate these players. I'm so proud of our team and had the privilege of giving some of them Ashes medals for the second time."

Cook - Proudest moment of my career

England captain Alastair Cook was disappointed not to have given the crowd the thrilling denouement that they craved - but acknowledged that the umpires' hands were tied.

"Of course you understand the frustration, but you can also understand the other side...you understand the rules and regs," said Cook.

"Unfortunately the officials sometimes have to take emotion out of the game and do their job of being consistently fair to both sides.

"Of course it is disappointing to be sitting here when we felt we could have taken those runs off the last four overs, but I understand the umpires' decision and why it happened.

"If it was the third day no-one would be moaning about it. If the boot was on the other foot we'd probably be asking the same questions (as Australia).

Bob Willis was unhappy with the umpires decision to bring play to an early end on the final day of the Ashes series due to bad light.

"It's a shame for the amazing crowd we've had here but there are certain guidelines and that's the way cricket has gone."

Sky Sports Nasser Hussain defended the umpires who he said were just applying "the letter of the law".

But he had sympathy for the crowd and added: "The crowd were booing at the end and it's fully understandable. We've had five days building up to an anti-climax.

"Finish the game. This is what we are all here for. The ICC should have a common sense ruling. I know it's the laws of the game and be fair to both sides but have some kind of common sense.

"Tell the captains if we get to the last half hour we are going to finish the game off. The lights were on. It's just not good enough."