"The sportsmanship of the Australians was outstanding", Alan Biggs wrote on Twitter.
Justin Langer and Tim Paine conceded that poor use of the DRS had returned to haunt Australia in the nerve-shredding final moments of the Headingley Test, which left the tourists without a review to call upon for a final lbw decision by the umpire Joel Wilson on Ben Stokes that would have been overturned on review.
Others at the ground and on social media also praised the Aussies for their sportsmanship after the game.
The allrounder finished with 11 fours and eight sixes overall in one of the greatest innings by an England batsman. Especially after getting bowled out for 67 in our first innings, to still be in with a chance of getting the urn back is an unbelievable feeling.
"One thing I do know is that we're not batting well enough at the moment", said Australia coach Justin Langer.
England, dismissed for just 67 in their first innings - their lowest Ashes total in 71 years - were seemingly dead and buried at 286-9, still 73 shy of a victory target of 359.
"I was also feeling very sorry because a lot of the people who had bought tickets for Sunday had bought them a year in advance and were looking forward to their day at Emerald Headingley".
This is how leading news dailies in the United Kingdom hailed England cricket team and hero of the match Ben Stokes for his defiant knock. "They follow him a little bit, he's the leader, he's the captain, he's got the best average, he's their best batsman going by numbers", Hazlewood said.
Arthur presented Stokes with his man-of-the-match award and said that, in his view, what happened eclipsed the drama of 1981.
Hazlewood went on: "When you only get 180 in your first innings, as we did, you need to take every chance to stay in the game". We'll be in a position to win them if we continue to do what we do, then it comes down to taking your opportunities.
Stokes would have been out on review but Tim Paine wasted his final referral in the preceding over on a far more optimistic lbw shout from Pat Cummins. "Even better than his World Cup performance". Chris Woakes was out first ball of the afternoon session as Australia made light work of the England tail, with Hazlewood finishing with figures of 5-30 to help ensure both sides' first innings lasted just 480 balls combined. In a game where fortunes swung from one side to another, Ben Stokes played an all-time classic to seal the matter in his team's favour.
"I don't think many teams are winning if one of their innings is 60 or 70 runs, it makes it hard".
Four balls later it was over, Leach had survived two deliveries from Cummins, nudged the third for a single and it was left to Stokes to do the rest.