Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Match Details


England , elected to field first

Series result

England won the 5-match series 3-2

Player of the match

Player of the series

Match number


Hours of play (local time)

11am start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00

Match days

20,21,22,23 August 2015 (5-day match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Close of Play

  • Thu, 20 Aug - day 1 - Australia 1st innings 287/3 (SPD Smith 78*, AC Voges 47*, 79.4 ov)
  • Fri, 21 Aug - day 2 - England 1st innings 107/8 (MM Ali 8*, MA Wood 8*, 40 ov)
  • Sat, 22 Aug - day 3 - England 2nd innings 203/6 (JC Buttler 33*, MA Wood 0*, 79 ov)
  • Sun, 23 Aug - day 4 - England 2nd innings 286 (101.4 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

A decade of Ashes


The series win-loss record for England in the last 7 Ashes campaigns, starting 2005. In terms of Test results, Australia lead 15-13

Where the fifth day?


Number of times, before Ashes 2015, that no Test of a five-Test series went into the fifth day. This is the first such instance

Five Tests in a jiffy


Instances of fewer balls bowled in a 5-Test series where each game has had a decisive result: Eng in WI 1985-86, and 2001 Ashes

15 runs short


Batsmen who've scored three hundreds in follow-ons: Martin Crowe and Michael Vaughan. Cook fell 15 short of becoming the third

Follow-on specialist


Cook's average when following on. In three such innings, his scores are 118 v Sri Lanka, 176 v India, and 85 today

Light on runs


Adam Lyth's series average. Among openers who've batted at least 8 times in an Ashes series, only Gooch (12.12 in 1981) has done worse

A first for Clarke


Number of times Australia have enforced the follow-on under Clarke's captaincy. He has had five opportunities to do so, but this is the first time

No runs from the keeper


Jos Buttler's series average. Only 5 England wicketkeepers have had poorer averages in an Ashes series (Min 7 inngs)

Meagre returns


England's highest opening partnership in the series so far. Their other opening stands have been 30, 19, 17, 12, 11, 7, 0.

1st-innings giant


Hundreds by Steven Smith in the first innings of a Test; he has one in the second, and none in the third or fourth

Mr Consistent


Batsmen who've made a 50-plus score in each Test of an Ashes series (min 5 Tests). Warner is the latest in this list