Mark Nicholas

Cricket presenter for Channel Nine in Australia and Channel 5 in the UK

Michael Clarke takes the plaudits after scoring a maiden Test century

The Investec Ashes 2015

Clarke pulls his final few tricks

He could not summon the score to give his career the grand send-off, but Clarke helped mastermind an Australia win, and everything he has given the game should be remembered

Joe Root slashes a four from his first delivery

England v Australia, 5th Investec Test, The Oval, 4th day

High drama, low tension

There was some crazy cricket in the Ashes although the quality was not always high. Yet for both teams it is the final outcome that matters. Careers are defined.

Kumar Sangakkara sweeps en route to his 184-ball 95

Made in Sri Lanka, adaptable everywhere

Kumar Sangakkara has been a flag-bearer for his country's cricket, dominating attacks, winning hearts and maintaining the highest standards for 15 years

Darren Lehmann and Michael Clarke have a chat

England v Australia, 4th Investec Test

Cook and Clarke: two good men riding a dangerous wave

Michael Clarke will soon be a forgotten man but Alastair Cook has proved a tough so-and-so and has completed the transformation from lost soul to triumphant leader

Stuart Broad is mobbed by his team-mates after reaching 300 Test wickets

England v Australia, 4th Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 1st day

Beautiful Broad swings it for England

Stuart Broad was at his best on an extraordinary first morning at Trent Bridge, where swing and seam destroyed Australia and all but sealed the fate of the urn

The Edgbaston crowd created a stirring atmosphere

The Investec Ashes 2015

Test match drama can't be beaten

Three matches down, two to go. The way this series has developed it is impossible know what will follow. Every moment should be savoured

Steven Finn struck in his first over on Test comeback

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

Finn revels in the joy of redemption

The fast bowler who was labelled as "unselectable" on the last Ashes tour is a frontline force once again after a journey to purgatory and back

Mitchell Johnson claimed the key scalp of Alastair Cook

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

Australia's brutal, ruthless day

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

Chris Rogers and Steven Smith take in the applause as they leave the field unbeaten

England v Australia, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 1st day

Contrasting styles take Rogers and Smith to the top

Australia's second-wicket stand at Lord's had stood since 1930 - and the partnership involved a chap named Bradman - but now it belongs to Australia's latest batting sensation and an older star aiming to bow out on a high

David Warner falls lbw to Moeen Ali for 52

The Investec Ashes 2015

Grace and skill make Moeen Ali a gem

Crucial runs and vital wickets in the first Test reinforced the allrounder's value to England as he overcame everything Australia tried to throw at him