The 2015 Ashes story so far

The 2015 Ashes story so far

England lead Australia 2-1 in the five-match series heading into what could he a decisive fourth Test at Trent Bridge starting on Thursday. Here we look at the story so far:

1st Test, Cardiff (July 08-11)

England won by 169 runs

Joe Root, in with England struggling at 43 for three, is dropped on nought by Australia wicket-keeper Brad Haddin and goes on to make 134 in a first-innings total of 430.

Root also makes a valuable 60 in the second innings as England leave Australia with a stiff chase of 412 for victory.

It proved beyond the tourists, with Stuart Broad and Moeen Ali sharing six wickets between them as England win with more than a day to spare.

2nd Test, Lord`s (July 16-19)

Australia won by 405 runs

Another four-day finish sees Australia utterly dominant, with Steven Smith (215) and Chris Rogers (173) both making their Test-best scores in a huge first-innings total of 566 for eight declared.

England`s alleged plan to prepare lifeless pitches in a bid to negate Australia`s quicks proves futile as they are dismissed for 312 in reply.

Worse follows when, having been set a mammoth 509 for victory, England are skittled out for just 103 in 37 overs as left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Johnson lets rip.

3rd Test, Edgbaston (July 29-31)

England won by 8 wickets

After two four-day Tests comes a match that is all over inside three.

Australia captain Michael Clarke opts to bat first on a classic seaming pitch in overcast conditions and sees his side shot out for 136 as James Anderson, wicketless at Lord`s, takes an Ashes-best six for 47.

The tourists fare better in their second innings but recalled fast bowler Steven Finn takes a Test-best six for 79 before Ian Bell, on his Warwickshire home ground, leads England to a modest target of 121 with his second fifty of the match.

To play:

4th Test, Trent Bridge (Aug 06-10)
5th Test, The Oval (Aug 20-24)

Ashes 2015 by the numbers:

Leading run-makers:

England - Joe Root (313)
Australia - Chris Rogers (385)

Leading wicket-takers:

England - Stuart Broad (12)
Australia - Josh Hazlewood (14)

Best batting performance:

England: Joe Root (134, Cardiff)
Australia: Steven Smith (215, Lord`s)

Best bowling:

England: James Anderson (6-47, Edgbaston)
Australia: Mitchell Starc (5-114, Cardiff)

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