How 2015 Ashes Test series was won and lost

Here's how a topsy-turvy 2015 Ashes Test series unfolded, with England winning 3-2 in a five-match contest, before the competition shifts to limited overs cricket. Strangely, none of these matches lasted five days despite plenty of weather-induced delay starts, stoppages and early closes.

5th Ashes Test, Day 2: England vs Australia - As it happened...

After losing the Ashes, fought back to salvage the pride and also give retiring skipper Michael Clarke a sweet parting gift, played with vigour and lots of positives. For the second day, they have dominated England in all aspects of the game - from batting to bowling to fielding. England were reduced to 107 for eight at Day 2 Stumps at The Oval. Earlier, they have posted 481 in the first innings.

5th Ashes Test, Day 1: England vs Australia - As it happened...

At Day 1 Stumps of the fifth and final Ashes Test at The Oval, Australia were comfortably placed at 287/3 with unbeaten Steven Smith on 78 and Adam Voges on 47. Openers Chris Rogers and David Warner laid a solid foundation, but none of the batsmen able to convert the starts into big scores. And Michael Clarke failed once again. For England, Mark Wood, Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes took a wicket each.

 

Artistic touch: England's Ashes batch of 2005, 2015 draw portraits of each other for charity
Artistic touch: England's Ashes batch of 2005, 2015 draw portraits of each other for charity

Former and current England players showed their artistic side by making a sketch of the 2005 and 2015 English Ashes side. They have put these sketches for auction at Cricket United which is UK's biggest ever cricket charity awareness campaign to raise money for disabled charity organisations.

The feeling of winning the Ashes hasn't sunk in: Ben Stokes
The feeling of winning the Ashes hasn't sunk in: Ben Stokes

England's new Ashes hero Ben Stokes on Monday thanked the fans for their support and said that the feeling of winning the Ashes was yet to sink in.

England enjoy swinging time in Ashes
England enjoy swinging time in Ashes

One of the great traditional challenges of playing cricket in England is batting against the swinging and seaming ball.

Five key moments in Ashes 2015
Five key moments in Ashes 2015

There were plenty of memorable incidents on the way to England`s innings and 78-run win over Australia in the fourth Test at Trent Bridge on Saturday which gave them an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the five-match Ashes series.

Ashes 2015: Kevin Pietersen delighted with England's convincing series win over Australia
Ashes 2015: Kevin Pietersen delighted with England's convincing series win over Australia

Discarded English cricketer Kevin Pietersen on Saturday hailed England's comprehensive win over Australia as Alastair Cook and his boys retained the urn in a stupendous manner.

Ashes 2015: See how English cricketers went berserk on Twitter after retaining the urn
Ashes 2015: See how English cricketers went berserk on Twitter after retaining the urn

Post humiliation in two consecutive Ashes series, English cricketers were on Cloud 9 on Saturday, a remarkable day for Alastair Cook & Co as they thrashed Australia by an innings and 78 runs to retain the urn.

England`s Ashes triumph surprises Alastair Cook
England`s Ashes triumph surprises Alastair Cook

England captain Alastair Cook said he didn`t think his side were ready to win the Ashes after an innings and 78-run victory in the fourth Test against Australia at Trent Bridge on Saturday saw them regain the urn.

4th Test: England beat Australia by an innings and 78 runs to regain the urn
4th Test: England beat Australia by an innings and 78 runs to regain the urn

England defeated Australia by an innings and 78 runs on the third day of the fourth Ashes Test at Trent Bridge on Saturday to take an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.

Ashes 2015: Ben Stokes hailed for superb show against Australia in 4th Test
Ashes 2015: Ben Stokes hailed for superb show against Australia in 4th Test

English all-rounder Ben Stokes was on Friday praised for his superb bowling performance on Day 2 of the fourth Ashes Test.

4th Test, Day 2: Ben Stokes' five-fer gets England closer to regaining Ashes
4th Test, Day 2: Ben Stokes' five-fer gets England closer to regaining Ashes

Ben Stokes`s five-wicket haul left England on the verge of an Ashes-clinching win in the fourth Test at Trent Bridge on Friday.

England vs Australia: 4th Ashes Test, Day 2 - As it happened...
England vs Australia: 4th Ashes Test, Day 2 - As it happened...

At the end of second day's play, England are on the verge of winning the fourth Test at Trent Bridge and regain the Ashes. Ben Stokes took five wickets to put England in drivers's seat after they had gained a 331 first innings lead. Australia still need 90 more runs to avoid an innings defeat.

Ishant Sharma does a Stuart Broad in Sri Lanka!
Ishant Sharma does a Stuart Broad in Sri Lanka!

After Stuart Broad's devastating spell against Australia on Thursday, Indian speedster Ishant Sharma bowled an equally magnificent spell on Day 2 of India's warm-up game in Sri Lanka.

Michael Clarke says Australia can still `save Ashes`
Michael Clarke says Australia can still `save Ashes`

Australia captain Michael Clarke insisted his team could still "save the Ashes" after a humiliating first day in the fourth Test against England at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

 

Ashes 2015: Eight-wicket Stuart Broad savours `perfect day`
Ashes 2015: Eight-wicket Stuart Broad savours `perfect day`

Stuart Broad could barely believe what he had done after his eight-wicket return took England to within sight of Ashes glory on a historic day at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

 

Ashes 2015, 4th Test: England in total control after Stuart Broad, Joe Root wreck havoc against Australia
Ashes 2015, 4th Test: England in total control after Stuart Broad, Joe Root wreck havoc against Australia

Stuart Broad took eight wickets as England skittled out Australia for 60 in a historically quick 111 balls and moved within sight of an Ashes-clinching win on the first day of the fourth Test at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

`He only wanted one`; Stuart Broad`s eight delight his dad
`He only wanted one`; Stuart Broad`s eight delight his dad

There was no prouder spectator at Trent Bridge as Stuart Broad took eight wickets to reduce Australia to 60 all out on the first day of the fourth Ashes Test than the England paceman`s father, Chris Broad.

Ashes: Shane Warne, Ricky Ponting shocked by Australian collapse
Ashes: Shane Warne, Ricky Ponting shocked by Australian collapse

Australian great Shane Warne and former captain Ricky Ponting lamented technical failings and mental approach as their countrymen were shot out for a humiliating 60 by England on the first morning of the fourth Ashes test on Thursday.