Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Day 4

828dDavid Hopps

Root and Warner end Ashes feud

Joe Root and David Warner took to Twitter to produce the picture that officially ended their long-standing feud

828dJarrod Kimber at The Oval

Job done for captain Cook

Alastair Cook has worked hard for everything he has achieved as a batsman and England captain. Why? Because being a success is his reason for being

828dDaniel Brettig at The Oval

Clarke's parting plea for better Test pitches

Michael Clarke has signed off for the final time as Australia's captain with a plea for groundsmen to be granted the freedom to prepare the pitches they see fit

828dMark Nicholas

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.

Day 3

828dGeorge Dobell at The Oval

A summer of impressive progress

There is talent and spirit in this England side, though it is far from the finished article. For now, they should enjoy the champagne while it's still cold.

828dDaniel Brettig at The Oval

Reborn Siddle thought Test career was over

Peter Siddle has admitted he feared his Test career was over after he was ignored for Edgbaston and Trent Bridge, but now hopes a roaring return to his familiar role in the Australia XI will cause the selectors to reconsider their opinion of him

828dGeorge Dobell at The Oval

England must confront old spin concerns

The Ashes are regained, but England have been horribly poor at The Oval not least in their playing of Nathan Lyon which does not bode well for challenges ahead

828dDaniel Brettig at The Oval

Lyon is Clarke's greatest legacy

It is fitting that spin is playing a key role for Australia in Michael Clarke's final Test as he has always been a captain who has understood and nurtured the art

Day 2

827dDaniel Brettig

Siddle riddle key to the Ashes

How Peter Siddle did not play until the Ashes were decided will remain one of the enduring mysteries of this series. Only Rod Marsh knows the answer

827dGeorge Dobell

Woeful batsmen poop England's party

England's frail batting and over-reliance on Joe Root will have been watched with interest by their next opponents, Pakistan and South Africa

827dJarrod Kimber

The Ashes that might have been

The scoreline is set to be 3-2. The Oval will not be a close result. In another world, what might have been different?

Day 1

827dDaniel Brettig at The Oval

Too late, Australia finally bat ugly

The Ashes have been handed back, so Australia's show of defiance on the opening day has come too late to impact the present but is a model for how they must adapt to challenges in the future

827dGeorge Dobell

Giles Clarke is target of The Oval silent protest

ECB president Giles Clarke could be called to appear before the Culture Media and Sport Select Committee if one conservative MP has his way to explain his support for the Big Three power grab within the ICC

827dDaniel Brettig at the Oval

Warne attacks selectors over Siddle inclusion

Shane Warne has delivered a broadside at Australia's selection chairman Rod Marsh for the decision to recall Peter Siddle ahead of Pat Cummins for the fifth Investec Ashes Test at the Oval

Others

828dDaniel Brettig at The Oval

How Australia were humbled

When Australia's quest for Ashes victory was mapped out just days after the World Cup triumph few batted an eyelid, but when the team landed on these shores plans quickly unravelled

828dDaniel Brettig

Howard questions Australia hubris

Australia's team performance manager Pat Howard concedes it is a "fair question" to ask whether the Ashes tourists underestimated England ahead of and during a series Michael Clarke's side were widely expected to win.

827dAndrew McGlashan

'Gutted' Anderson misses out for final Test

James Anderson could have played his final Ashes Test after being ruled out of the last installment of this campaign at the Kia Oval due to the side strain he sustained at Edgbaston

827dDaniel Brettig

Oval a test of character - Clarke

Australia's retiring captain Michael Clarke has implored his men to fight out his final Test match as deep as possible, at the end of an Ashes series in which the fifth day has been entirely redundant

A decade of Ashes

5-2

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?

0

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

2

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

2

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

126.3

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

12.77

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

1

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

11.42

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

Meagre returns

32

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

10

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

11

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