Australia’s captain Steve Smith celebrates with team mates after taking a catch to dismiss England’s captain Joe Root during the fourth day of the third Ashes cricket test match. Photograph: Reuters

A tempestuous Sunday in Perth ended with England on the brink of surrendering the Ashes. A fierce, winter wind blew all day, which had players digging(...)

England’s Joe Root and team-mates walk off for tea during day four of the First Investec Test match at Lord’s, London. Photograph: PA

This was an astonishing day for all concerned and it ended with England one up in the series and the tourists in some disarray. In his first Test in c(...)

Graeme Swann during an England nets session at the WACA in Perth, Australia. Swann has announced his retirement from the international game. Photo: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

From Cricinfo’s ball-by-ball commentary, the morning of 16 December, Australia against England at the Waca, the last delivery of the 77th over: “Swann(...)

 England  bowler Graeme Swann holds a media conference at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to announce his retirement from all international and first-class cricket. Photograph: Joe Castro/EPA

Graeme Swann has called time, with no regrets, on his “magnificent journey” as an England cricketer.Swann’s shock retirement, in the middle of an Ashe(...)

 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(...)