Australia diminished after Ryan Harris forced to call it quits
Australia diminished after Ryan Harris forced to call it quits

It was a brief, late-life test career that always seemed to be a match-at-a-time proposition but paceman Ryan "Ryno" Harris made a crucial contribution to Australian cricket at a critical time.

Michael Clarke hails Ryan Harris as one of the best
Michael Clarke hails Ryan Harris as one of the best

Test captain Michael Clarke labelled Ryan Harris "as good as anyone who has played for Australia" after the fast bowler announced his retirement on Saturday because of injury.

`New` England face Ashes acid test
`New` England face Ashes acid test

England will face the ultimate test of their stated desire to play bold and aggressive cricket as they bid to regain the Ashes from Australia in a five-match series that starts in Cardiff on Wednesday.

Ashes 2015: Australia beat Essex in final warm-up match as Ryan Harris retires
Ashes 2015: Australia beat Essex in final warm-up match as Ryan Harris retires

 Australia`s fast bowlers warmed up for next week`s first Test against England by seeing the tourists to a 169-run win over Essex in their final warm-up match on Sunday after Ryan Harris announced his retirement.

Michael Clarke still fired by hunger for Ashes success
Michael Clarke still fired by hunger for Ashes success

Michael Clarke could not have looked less like the "pup" of his nickname as he prepared to depart Australian shores for his seventh and final Ashes series.

Red-hot Steve Smith primed to seize Ashes moment
Red-hot Steve Smith primed to seize Ashes moment

Once derided as a bouncy court jester in his maiden Ashes series, Steven Smith and his quirky batting technique are now far from a laughing matter in England.

England captain Alastair Cook faces ultimate challenge
England captain Alastair Cook faces ultimate challenge

Alastair Cook faces his biggest ever challenge as England captain when he leads his young team into this year`s home Ashes series against Australia.

Mitchell Starc takes six before Australia stumble
Mitchell Starc takes six before Australia stumble

Mitchell Starc took six wickets and captain Michael Clarke scored a fifty but Australia did not have things all their own way on Friday`s third day of four against Essex at Chelmsford in their final warm-up match before next week`s first Ashes Test.

Michael Clarke confident as Ashes loom large
Michael Clarke confident as Ashes loom large

Australia captain Michael Clarke believes his side are building up to their defence of the Ashes in just the right style after opening their tour with a convincing victory over Kent.

James Anderson will `cop it` in Ashes, says Shane Warne
James Anderson will `cop it` in Ashes, says Shane Warne

Australia great Shane Warne has told England new-ball duo James Anderson and Stuart Broad to expect plenty of "sledging", or verbal abuse, to come their way during the upcoming Ashes series.

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.

No batting for England during Spanish training camp
No batting for England during Spanish training camp

England captain Alastair Cook has said his side have no batting practice planned for their upcoming four-day pre-Ashes training camp in Spain with new coach Trevor Bayliss.

Michael Hussey predicts tough Ashes 2015, says Joe Root will be key for England
Michael Hussey predicts tough Ashes 2015, says Joe Root will be key for England

Australia's veteran batsman Michael ​Hussey on Wednesday said the upcoming Ashes series between hosts England and Australia will be a tough contest, adding that batsman Joe Root will be the key for the home side.

James Anderson wants end to Ashes `sledging`
James Anderson wants end to Ashes `sledging`

James Anderson has called on both sides to ditch the verbals and cut out `sledging` during the upcoming Ashes series between England and Australia.

'Uncertain' cricketers will eventually accept pink balls: Chris Rogers
'Uncertain' cricketers will eventually accept pink balls: Chris Rogers

Australia Test batsman Chris Rogers said on Wednesday while "uncertainty" over the pink ball concept remains amongst some cricketers, they will accept it in the future.

Ashes set for bumpy 'sledging' ride
Ashes set for bumpy 'sledging' ride

According to the Lord`s-based Marylebone Cricket Club, still the guardian of cricket`s rules, it is against the `spirit of the game` to "direct abusive language towards an opponent".

Australia won`t cross sledging line in Ashes, vows Michael Clarke
Australia won`t cross sledging line in Ashes, vows Michael Clarke

Australia captain Michael Clarke has insisted his side "won`t overstep the mark" when it comes to the vexed question of `sledging` during the upcoming Ashes series.

Michael Clarke hits back at Jason Gillespie`s `Dad`s Army` jibe ahead of Ashes
Michael Clarke hits back at Jason Gillespie`s `Dad`s Army` jibe ahead of Ashes

Australia captain Michael Clarke said he expected to prove Jason Gillespie wrong after the former Ashes winner suggested the current squad were too old ahead of their latest clash with England.

Home conditions give England edge over Australia in Ashes: Shahid Afridi
Home conditions give England edge over Australia in Ashes: Shahid Afridi

"Pakistan's veteran all-rounder Shahid Afridi has said England’s home ground advantage gives them an edge over Australia in the upcoming Ashes series, which starts in less than a month in Cardiff, England.

Australia's domination against West Indies show they are back to their best
Australia's domination against West Indies show they are back to their best

The current Australian cricket team have stitched together some breathtaking performances that have seen them dominate the world once again. The present scenario of their ability to play the game at the highest level have seen a lot of similarities that was visible under the era of Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting.