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Australia v England, 4th Test, Melbourne, 4th day

A pitch that saps Australia's will to win

Dec 29, 2017: Darren Lehmann had few thoughts of an Australian victory at the start of the day and a sluggish MCG pitch did nothing to challenge that view

Daniel Brettig in Melbourne

Australia v England, 4th Test, Melbourne, 4th day

Warner, Smith and the rain frustrate England's push

Dec 29, 2017: Alastair Cook carried his bat for 244 not out but England's hopes of victory were hampered by the weather and some obdurate batting

Report by Brydon Coverdale

Australia v England, 4th Test, Melbourne, 3rd day

Glutton for punishment... Cook shows appetite of old

Dec 28, 2017: Alastair Cook gobbled up several more records during one of his most memorable Test knocks - suggesting there could still be plenty more to come

George Dobell at the MCG

Australia v England, 4th Test, Melbourne

Cook's double delight puts him in elite company

Dec 28, 2017: Stats highlights from an eventful third day at Melbourne, where Alastair Cook recorded his second double-century in Australia

Gaurav Sundararaman

Australia v England, 4th Test, Melbourne, 3rd day

Cook's masterful 244* builds commanding lead

Dec 28, 2017: Alastair Cook scored his fifth Test double century and added 100 for the ninth-wicket with Stuart Broad as England seized control of the fourth Test

Report by Brydon Coverdale

Australia v England, 4th Test, Melbourne, 2nd day

Cook 'hurt and frustrated' at failure to influence series

Dec 27, 2017: Alastair Cook said he was proud to have showcased once again his ability to "go to the well" in recording his 32nd Test century

ESPNcricinfo staff

Australia v England, 4th Test, Melbourne, 2nd day

Cook can now determine his future on his own terms

Dec 27, 2017: Alastair Cook emerged from a troubled phase of his career to reassert the qualities that have served England well for so long

George Dobell in Melbourne

Australia v England, 4th Test, Melbourne, 2nd day

Cook's drought-breaking hundred puts England on top

Dec 27, 2017: Alastair Cook scored his first Ashes hundred since January 2011 to back up excellent work from England's pace attack on a day where the visitors dominated

Report by Brydon Coverdale

The Ashes 2017-18

All England want for Christmas...is a win

Dec 21, 2017: The Ashes are gone and the prospect of another whitewash looms for England. There will be a huge number of visiting supporters in Melbourne for the Boxing Day Test, so what do they need to do to bring some festive cheer?

George Dobell

The Ashes 2017-18

Ferocity of Ashes gives Stoneman "different take" on Australians

Dec 20, 2017: Mark Stoneman has shown impressive guts and determination in the Ashes but admitted he had not before faced attack with such sustained hostility as the Australians

George Dobell

Australia v England, 3rd Test, Perth, 5th day

Bayliss plays down Overton, Broad concerns

Dec 18, 2017: The England coach praised the resolve shown by Craig Overton after he played through the pain of a broken rib during the third Test at the WACA

ESPNcricinfo staff

Australia v England, 3rd Ashes Test, Perth

Cook admits England have 'damaged' their image

Dec 12, 2017: The world has changed and the England cricket team has to realise it, according to former captain Alastair Cook

George Dobell in Perth

Australia v England, 3rd Ashes Test, Perth

Cook taking Test career on 'game-by-game basis'

Dec 12, 2017: Alastair Cook is refusing to look beyond the next game as he prepares for his record-breaking 150th Test

George Dobell in Perth

Alastair Cook's 150th Test

The matches that made a record-breaker

Dec 12, 2017: Alastair Cook has amassed 11,691 runs and 31 centuries en route to his 150th Test appearance. ESPNcricinfo looks back at the landmarks

Andrew Miller

England news

England's record-breaking run machine

Dec 12, 2017: Alastair Cook is set to become the first England player to rack up 150 Tests. ESPNcricinfo looks back at some of the key moments on his way to the landmark

Alan Gardner

The Ashes 2017-18

Signs that Cook's time is up - Pietersen

Dec 9, 2017: Kevin Pietersen has described the batting of both England and Australia as "no good", and questioned Alastair Cook's desire ahead of the third Ashes Test

Melinda Farrell in Perth

Root, Cook, and England's overseas problems

Dec 8, 2017: England have floundered overseas in the last five years, and much of it has been due to Alastair Cook's poor form and Joe Root's inability to get hundreds

S Rajesh

Book extract

The Adelaide horror

Dec 1, 2017: England were coasting one minute, in tatters the next: a look back at how Adelaide 2006 reduced Flintoff and Co to gibbering wrecks

Rob Smyth

Australia v England, 1st Test, The Ashes 2017-18, Brisbane, 3rd Day

Cook's brainstorm wastes England's hard work

Nov 25, 2017: Alastair Cook has a deserved reputation for discipline and determination but he fell to a sucker punch at the Gabba

George Dobell

The Ashes 2017-18

Pre-series 'trash-talking' makes Cook 'chuckle'

Nov 21, 2017: The England batsman respectfully plays down the threat posed by Australia's pace attack, and scars from 2013-14 coming back to haunt the team

George Dobell in Brisbane
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