Steve Smith, captain of Australia and Joe Root, captain of England pose with the Ashes urn. Photo: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

What is it? The Ashes is five-Test series between England and Australia, which takes place roughly every two years. This winter, Australia are hosts(...)

While a Test match might remain the sternest challenge of a player’s mental and technical capabilities, the longer form of the sport is now far from being the most lucrative. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland take on Pakistan in their first ever Test match next summer, after being granted full member status by the International Cricket Council (ICC)(...)

 Matthew Wade runs out Mohammad Amir on the final day in Sydney as Australia secured a 3-0 series whitewash. Photograph: Reuters/David Gray

Australia completed a 3-0 series whitewash over Pakistan with a masterful 220-run victory in the third Test at Sydney. The tourists needed to bat out(...)

A century form captain Steve Smith (right) and a half century from Mitchell Johnson helped Australia to a 97-run lead on day three of the third test against India at The Gabba

Steve Smith hit 133 in his first match as Australia’s Test captain as the hosts took what could prove to be a vital 97-run lead in the first Test agai(...)