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.

Battered Australia endure another rough day as Northamptonshire pile runs
Battered Australia endure another rough day as Northamptonshire pile runs

Australia`s preparations for the final Ashes Test against England suffered a blow as Northamptonshire`s Steven Crook condemned the beleaguered tourists to another dispiriting spell in the field on Saturday.

Australia thrash England in women`s Ashes Test

Australia`s women restored some national pride on Friday as they thrashed England by 161 runs in the lone Test of the multi-format female Ashes.

Ricky Ponting denies batting consultant role with Cricket Australia, says he's committed to Mumbai Indians
Ricky Ponting denies batting consultant role with Cricket Australia, says he's committed to Mumbai Indians

Ricky Ponting on Friday claimed that he is not in talks with Cricket Australia (CA) for the widely reported batting consultant role.

Steve Smith 'excited' after being named captain, wants winning farewell for Michael Clarke
Steve Smith 'excited' after being named captain, wants winning farewell for Michael Clarke

Steve Smith thanked Cricket Australia (CA) for naming him the captain in Tests after Michael Clarke announced his decision to retire from international cricket after the last Ashes Test.

Ashes 2015: Ian Chappell calls for revamped domestic system in Australia
Ashes 2015: Ian Chappell calls for revamped domestic system in Australia

 Former Australia captain Ian Chappell called for a complete rethink of Australia's domestic cricket system after the team's crushing defeat in the ongoing Ashes series in England.

Ashes 2015: Michael Clarke praises England after 'extremely tough day'; thanks fans for support
Ashes 2015: Michael Clarke praises England after 'extremely tough day'; thanks fans for support

Australian captain Michael Clarke, who on Friday announced that the final Ashes Test to be played The Oval will be his last, congratulated England for retaining the urn after a convincing series win at Trent Bridge.

4th Ashes Test: Is it make or break for Michael Clarke? Aussie media feels so
4th Ashes Test: Is it make or break for Michael Clarke? Aussie media feels so

Australia captain Michael Clarke`s Test career could be over if he fails with the bat during the fourth Test at Trent Bridge, Australian media said Tuesday, saying he looks `lost` and knows the end is near.

Ashes: Shane Warne joins Ricky Ponting in criticising Australia's decision to drop Brad Haddin
Ashes: Shane Warne joins Ricky Ponting in criticising Australia's decision to drop Brad Haddin

Soon after former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting criticised Australian selectors to drop Brad Haddin for the third Ashes Test, Shane Warne too made his views public by saying that the wicketkeeper batsman deserved to be brought back into the playing XI.

Ashes 2015: England yet to overcome fear of facing Mitchell Johnson
Ashes 2015: England yet to overcome fear of facing Mitchell Johnson

While his brutal pace bowling in the previous Ashes series was a treat to watch for cricket fans across the world, it was nothing less than a nightmare for Alastair Cook and his boys, who suffered several blows from Mitchell Johnson during their 5-0 annihilation in the previous series.

Ashes 2015: Chris Rogers gets through nets session
Ashes 2015: Chris Rogers gets through nets session

Australia opener Chris Rogers came through a nets session against the tourists` pace attack with no visible ill-effects at Edgbaston on Monday as he aimed to prove his fitness for the third Ashes Test.

The Ashes 2015: Critics rail at featherbed Lord's pitch
The Ashes 2015: Critics rail at featherbed Lord's pitch

As Australia resumed play on Friday morning at 337 for one having had very little trouble from England`s bowlers on the opening day, the dead pitch was a hot topic of conversation among punters settling down around Lord`s.

Ricky Ponting to ring Lord's bell before start of second Ashes Test
Ricky Ponting to ring Lord's bell before start of second Ashes Test

Ricky Ponting will ring the bell to signal five minutes before the start of play on day one of the second Test between England and Australia at Lord's tomorrow.

Ashes 2015: Defeated Australia turned down post-match beer with England
Ashes 2015: Defeated Australia turned down post-match beer with England

A sore and defeated Australia turned down an invitation from England to share a post-match beer after the tourists` humbling loss in the first Ashes test in Cardiff, paceman James Anderson said.

Ashes 2015: Australia optimistic on Mitchell Starc's fitness for Lord's
Ashes 2015: Australia optimistic on Mitchell Starc's fitness for Lord's

Paceman Mitchell Starc took pain-killing injections for his strained ankle to bowl through Australia`s opening Ashes defeat in Cardiff but is confident he will be fit for the second match at Lord`s, captain Michael Clarke has said.

Andrew Flintoff predicts England Ashes victory
Andrew Flintoff predicts England Ashes victory

 Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has predicted a 2-1 victory for Alastair Cook's side over Australia in this summer's Ashes series beginning on Wednesday.

Mitchell Marsh stakes Ashes claim with quickfire ton against Kent
Mitchell Marsh stakes Ashes claim with quickfire ton against Kent

Mitchell Marsh outshone Shane Watson as the two all-rounders vied for an Ashes place during Australia`s tour opener against Kent at Canterbury on Saturday.

Nathan Lyon to introduce mystery delivery against England
Nathan Lyon to introduce mystery delivery against England

Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon claimed that he has developed a mystery delivery ahead of the high-profile Ashes series against their traditional rivals England, according to reports.

Chris Rogers` Ashes ticket scheme shuts down: Reports
Chris Rogers` Ashes ticket scheme shuts down: Reports

A company in which Australia opener Chris Rogers is a partner has been banned from selling tickets for next month`s Ashes Test at Lord`s at up to £2,910 apiece (AUS $5,914), the ESPNcricinfo website and the Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday.

Australia need to be at their best in Ashes, says Steve Smith
Australia need to be at their best in Ashes, says Steve Smith

Australia might have thrashed England 5-0 in their previous Ashes contest Down Under but key batsman Steve Smith feels their arch-rivals in Test cricket would be a force to reckon with in the July-August return series in England.