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The Investec Ashes 2015

Clarke battling history as well as form

Aug 2, 2015: Whether Michael Clarke stays at No. 4 or drops to No. 5, attacks or attempts to grind things out, his search for runs will continue at two of his least-favourite venues

Daniel Brettig

England v Australia, 3rd Investec Test, Edgbaston, 3rd day

England reawaken Australia's demons

Jul 31, 2015: In a series of remarkable swings nothing is certain, but Australia are facing some familiar foes as they attempt to recover from their Edgbaston thrashing

Jarrod Kimber

England v Australia, 3rd Investec Test, Edgbaston, 3rd day

'They've got 11 and we've only got 10' - Clarke

Jul 31, 2015: Michael Clarke has put the onus on himself to turnaround the performances of Australia's under performing middle order

Daniel Brettig at Edgbaston

England v Australia, 3rd Investec Test, Edgbaston, 2nd day

Succession issues prompt hard questions

Jul 30, 2015: Australia's selectors and management have been accused of being too harsh on Brad Haddin but the team's horrible display at Edgbaston suggests that they may actually have been too lenient, and not just on him

Daniel Brettig at Edgbaston

Time for Clarke to keep it simple

Jul 29, 2015: Michael Clarke is at his best when getting on to the front foot. Against Stuart Broad his weight is now going backwards in anticipation of short stuff, which leaves him vulnerable

Ricky Ponting

England v Australia, 3rd Investec Ashes Test, Edgbaston

Australia seek to make 1-1 advantage count

Jul 28, 2015: Australia appear to have momentum on their side after a crushing win at Lord's but the series is poised at 1-1 with three Tests to play

Daniel Brettig at Edgbaston

England's chances hinge on Clarke

Jul 27, 2015: There's currency in the idea that a captain's failure with the bat dulls his decision-making powers and creates a destructive atmosphere in the dressing room

Simon Barnes

The Investec Ashes 2015

Di Venuto tries to mend Clarke's ways

Jul 26, 2015: Australia's unassuming batting coach Michael di Venuto has the responsibility for rousing into form a batsman of far greater accomplishment than his own

Daniel Brettig in Derby

Derbyshire v Australians, Tour match, Derby, 3rd day

Batting practice for Clarke after Marsh four-for

Jul 25, 2015: As Chris Rogers made his first careful steps towards being passed fit for the Birmingham Test with some gentle walks around the Derby outfield, Michael Clarke sought to find his own path to batting form and confidence in the middle

Daniel Brettig in Derby

Derbyshire v Australians, Tour match, Derby, 1st day

Shaun Marsh tunes up in case Test call comes

Jul 23, 2015: Shaun Marsh scored a hundred against Derbyshire to ensure he was in a decent frame of mind should Chris Rogers not recover in time for the third Test

Daniel Brettig in Derby

England v Australia, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 4th day

Australia's brutal, ruthless day

Jul 19, 2015: Day four at Lord's will have been traumatic for the England dressing room, but in Australia's celebrations would rightly have been long and loud. How quickly things change

Mark Nicholas

England v Australia, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 4th day

Two very different Englands

Jul 19, 2015: England had been to the mountain top in Cardiff, and without even enjoying the view they toppled straight back down at Lord's

Jarrod Kimber at Lord's

England v Australia, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 4th day

Clarke's tribute to Rogers and Smith

Jul 19, 2015: Australia's captain Michael Clarke believes the hardy union of Chris Rogers and Steven Smith on the first day of the Lord's Test was the performance that decided the match

Daniel Brettig at Lord's

England v Australia, 2nd Investec Ashes Test, Lord's, 2nd day

Smith and Clarke - the rise and fall

Jul 17, 2015: Steven Smith has eased into Michael Clarke's role as a relentless scorer of hundreds. The captaincy cannot be long in coming too

Daniel Brettig at Lord's

England v Australia, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 2nd day

Smith's double and England's wobble

Jul 17, 2015:

Bishen Jeswant

Durham v Warwickshire, County Championship Div One, Chester-le-Street, 3rd day

Clarke, Woakes give Warwickshire big chance

Jul 14, 2015: With conditions in their favour, Warwickshire valiantly fought their way back into the match at Chester-le-Street. On a gradually improving day they had the full evening session to begin their pursuit of 265 to beat Durham and reached 125 for 3

Jon Culley

England v Australia, 1st Investec Test, Cardiff, 4th day

Australia's empty words exposed by England

Jul 11, 2015: A defeat overseas on a sluggish pitch was a familiar situation that brought familiar words from Michael Clarke, but the Australians have to do more than talk

Daniel Brettig in Cardiff

England v Australia, 1st Investec Test, Cardiff, 4th day

Watson's place under threat for Lord's

Jul 11, 2015: Australia's selectors will be compelled to consider the position of Shane Watson and are also likely to have to draft in Peter Siddle to replace Mitchell Starc for the Lord's Test

Daniel Brettig in Cardiff

England v Australia, 1st Investec Ashes Test, Cardiff, 4th day

'Need to adapt to conditions' - Clarke

Jul 11, 2015: Michael Clarke has admitted that Australia will have to adapt quickly if the pitches produced for the Investec Ashes series are similar in character to that in Cardiff

ESPNcricinfo staff

England v Australia, 1st Investec Test, Cardiff, 2nd day

Aggression lets Australia down

Jul 9, 2015: Australia's top order's eagerness to attack saw them gift England wickets, with Moeen Ali especially profiting from a blind spot against spin

Daniel Brettig in Cardiff
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