Australia secured a consolation victory in the final Test by an innings and 46 runs before England captain Alastair Cook lifted the Ashes urn at the end of a dramatic and fluctuating series.

Australia skipper Michael Clarke celebrated an emphatic win on a rain-disrupted fourth day of his final Test match, Peter Siddle proving the inspiration with figures of 4-35 as England were bowled out for 286 at The Oval.

2015 Ashes results
1st Test- England win by 169 runs
2nd Test - Australia win by 405 runs
3rd Test - England win by 8 wickets
4th Test - England win by innings and 78 runs
5th Test - Australia win by innings and 46 runs

England, 203 for six overnight, lost their first wicket of the day when Mark Wood was trapped lbw by Siddle for six, the Australians winning a review after the umpire initially ruled it not out.

Jos Buttler, on 42, played a loose drive at Mitchell Marsh and was well caught low down by Mitchell Starc before Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad dug in ahead of the forecast rain which arrived 45 minutes before the scheduled lunch interval.

The hosts resumed in the afternoon after more than two hours play was lost to the weather on 258 for eight and Siddle soon bowled Broad for 11.

Siddle had Moeen caught by wicketkeeper Peter Nevill for 35 to clinch victory and the Australian players gave Clarke a guard of honour as he led them off the field for the final time.

"I am proud of the way we played here, showing grit and determination and playing cricket the Australian way," Clarke told reporters.

"Congratulations to England, they thoroughly deserved to win the series. Today was not about me but about the team and I am incredibly proud to have been their captain."

Scorecard:

Australia 481 all out (Smith 143, Finn 3-90)

England 149 all out & 286 all out (Cook 85, Siddle 4-35)

Source: Reuters