Jarrod Kimber

Writer for ESPNcricinfo @ajarrodkimber

England v Australia, 3rd Investec Test, Edgbaston, 1st day

Australia encounter the real England at last

They came, they saw, they screamed. After two Tests at neutral venues, England's fans and conditions have finally come to the Ashes. And Australia were unprepared

Joe Root fell to Josh Hazlewood as the end neared

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

Two very different Englands

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

Ian Bell had his off stump pegged back

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

Last chances come early at Cardiff and Lord's

Last chances have come early at both Cardiff and Lord's as single moments of fortune have had massive consequences

Shane Watson was trapped lbw for the 14th time against England

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

No longer the barbarians at the gate

Shane Watson's struggles epitomise an Australian team that hasn't been consistently dominant for years

Darren Lehmann looks on

England v Australia, 1st Investec Test, Cardiff, 3rd day

Boof's nightmares slowly become reality

Behind Darren Lehmann's blokey exterior lies a coach, and one with a number of headaches to ponder

Chris Rogers fends off a short ball from James Anderson

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

Functional Rogers protects Australian interests

Chris Rogers may not be shiny and new and won't play for a generation but his glut of fifties have made him a crucial cog in this Australia machine

Joe Root was severe on anything short and wide

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

Root result trumps process

Joe Root wasn't always in control and he rode his luck but ultimately new-fangled coaching processes were trumped by all that really matters: the scorebook

Brendon McCullum charges down the pitch

England v New Zealand, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 5th day

McCullum's Force of Nature XI

The New Zealand team has been built in its captain's image. When Brendon McCullum attacks, everyone follows. But it has been a long journey

Brendon McCullum looks back to see his stumps disturbed

England v New Zealand, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 5th day

New Zealand see their Test slip away from them

This was New Zealand's time. They saw it. They grabbed at it. But they fumbled. They had it taken away. And now they won't go to Headingley confident or in charge. They will go 1-0 down.

Ben Stokes gets a handshake from Brendon McCullum

England v New Zealand, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 4th day

Stokes slaps the funk out of McCullum

As Cook got near his hundred, Brendon McCullum had three slips, three catching covers and a catching mid-on. But for Stokes on 99, McCullum could only summon two slips, a gully, and a regulation field. There was little that funkiness could achieve