James Anderson of England bowls during Day Two of the fifth Ashes Test match against   Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground . Photograph: Matt King/Getty Images

England appeared to be heading towards an Ashes whitewash after another inadequate batting display as they closed Day Two of the final Test 311 runs b(...)

Brad Haddin of Australia plays a pull shot as he helped to rescue the Australian innings on day one of the fifth Ashes test. Photograph: Matt King/Getty Images

Back in the early 1960s, when Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris were in their pomp and hitting back-to back home runs for the New York Yankees, their este(...)

England practice their catching during the nets session at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Australia. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA

With its grand central harbour and flocks of strolling pleasure-seekers Sydney tends to have the air of a city of departures and farewells.Not least f(...)

England’s Scott Borthwick bowls during the nets session.

It is either new year or another random day in the calendar. Was it last year when England were dismantled by Australia or merely a few days ago? It i(...)

Australia’s Mitchell Johnson exchanges pleasantries with England’s Kevin Pietersen during the third day of the fourth Ashes test. Photograph: David Gra/Reuters

Bemused England had no explanation for the latest batting collapse to beset their Ashes campaign.The tourists appeared well-set in the early afternoon(...)

 Kevin Pietersen of England is dropped by Australia’s George Bailey off the bowling of Ryan Harris during day one of the Fourth Ashes Test  at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photograph: Michael Dodge/Getty Images

The Melbourne Cricket Ground was packed to the rafters. From the front rows to the nose-bleed gods, 91,092 people turned up, beating the old official (...)

England’s Matt Prior could lose the gloves to Jonny Bairstow for the fourth Test. Photograph:  Anthony Devlin/PA Wire.

There is no more stirring sight than the walk to the “G” on St Stephen’s Day morning. Three years ago, almost 90,000 people were packed and stacked in(...)

England’s Jonathan Trott reacts as he leaves the field after losing his wicket to the bowling of Australia’s Mitchell Johnson during day two of the first Ashes test at The Gabba in Brisbane. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire.

Former England captain Nasser Hussain expects the sledging to continue in the Ashes series despite Jonathan Trott’s departure from the tour with a str(...)

England batsman Kevin Pietersen is caught behind by Australia wicket-keeper Brad Haddin during day one of Fourth Ashes Test in Chester-le-Street. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

England captain Alastair Cook’s decision to bat first was undone by poor shot selection as England narrowly avoided being bowled out on the opening da(...)

 Michael Clarke of Australia hits out during day two of the 3rd Investec Ashes Test match between England and Australia at  Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Fortunes can change rapidly in a Test series. Match to match, session to session. Humiliated at Lord’s to the point of ridicule, the Australians have(...)