Brydon Coverdale

Assistant editor, ESPNcricinfo


De Villiers' mastery secures South Africa lead
De Villiers' mastery secures South Africa lead

Half-century from Hashim Amla and Dean Elgar also helped counter Australia's reverse swing in Port Elizabeth

Rabada's five-for puts South Africa in command
Rabada's five-for puts South Africa in command

Kagiso Rabada turned the match around for South Africa in the space of two overs, ripping through Australia with the use of reverse swing

Back to cricket after Warner-de Kock saga
Back to cricket after Warner-de Kock saga

Australia have a chance to take an unassailable lead, South Africa have an opportunity to build on an improved performance in Durban. That's all that matters in Port Elizabeth.

Starc, Hazlewood swing Australia to 118-run win
Starc, Hazlewood swing Australia to 118-run win

Starc misses out on hat-trick but South Africa's resistance lasts 22 balls on the fifth and final day at Durban

South Africa take fight to fifth day with Australia one wicket away
South Africa take fight to fifth day with Australia one wicket away

Aiden Markram led a spirited batting performance with a masterful 143, but Mitchell Starc's 4 for 74 left Australia on the verge of a series lead

South Africa show fight but Australia's lead crosses 400
South Africa show fight but Australia's lead crosses 400

Keshav Maharaj and Morne Morkel picked up three wickets, but South Africa were no better off than 24 hours earlier as Australia's lead reached 402 at stumps on day three

Five-star Starc builds on M Marsh 96 to secure big lead
Five-star Starc builds on M Marsh 96 to secure big lead

Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon systematically dismantled South Africa's batting order on the second day in Durban to give Australia a 189-run lead

Warner, Smith fifties underpin close-fought day
Warner, Smith fifties underpin close-fought day

A low-key opening day of the series finished early and without a runaway winner, though South Africa were probably slightly the happier after keeping Australia to 225 for 5

Can South Africa break the home disadvantage?
Can South Africa break the home disadvantage?

On paper, yes. South Africa enter this series ranked No. 2 in the world, with winning form behind them, and no shortage of class and experience

The revisionist
The revisionist

Steven Smith won Australia a Test in Asia when no one gave them a hope of even competing

Which former legend never won the Allan Border medal?
Which former legend never won the Allan Border medal?

And which former cricketer is doing commentary at the Winter Olympics?

Which team had the most Test debutants in 2017?
Which team had the most Test debutants in 2017?

And which one played the most Tests in the year?

Rampant Australia seal Ashes 4-0, with Root crocked
Rampant Australia seal Ashes 4-0, with Root crocked

Australia finished the Ashes in the most comprehensive manner left open to them, bathing in the glory of a 4-0 result after thrashing England by an innings and 123 runs in the final Test at the SCG

Australia close in on 4-0 after Marsh hundreds
Australia close in on 4-0 after Marsh hundreds

There will be no 5-0 clean sweep, but Australia have a good chance of mopping up a 4-0 result at the SCG after dominating the fourth day against England

Khawaja 171 sets the stage for Australia domination
Khawaja 171 sets the stage for Australia domination

Usman Khawaja's maiden Ashes ton was backed up by the Marsh brothers - with Shaun going to the close on 98 not out - as Australia built a commanding 133-run lead

Khawaja and Smith put Australia in control
Khawaja and Smith put Australia in control

On a day when Australia chipped slowly away at England's total, in a dead rubber, individual moments and milestones caught the eye more than the overall match progress

Look ma, it's the Ashes
Look ma, it's the Ashes

Australia had a fair few things to be unhappy about last year, but winning against England made up for all of them

Starc and Hazlewood strike late as England waste hard work
Starc and Hazlewood strike late as England waste hard work

It was as if this day was a microcosm of England's batting throughout their whole disappointing Ashes tour as they let a promising position slip

Crane to debut as England seek sign-off win
Crane to debut as England seek sign-off win

England have one more chance to secure their first Test win in Australia for seven years while there are places to play for in both teams

Steven Smith caps epic 2017 with hundred to deny England
Steven Smith caps epic 2017 with hundred to deny England

England's hopes of a consolation victory in Melbourne disappeared with another Steven Smith century