The Ashes

What cricket can teach us about the business cycle

FAY: The alternating fortunes of Australia and England in the Ashes series suggest eminence is cyclical -- much like economic prosperity.

ASHES: Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory

The Ashes was littered with disappointment and sometimes embarrassment but some players dazzled in their defiance of a quality English side. The future is looking brighter for the Aussies.

ASHES: A final fireworks display

The spectacular series finished with a nail-biting run chase. Kevin Pietersen turned the tables with his aggressive play and by the end the Australians were glad for the fading light.

ASHES: A tale of two captains

The record books will say England won the Ashes without losing a game, but both Michael Clarke and Alastair Cook must feel frustrated by their performances.

ASHES: England running out of steam

With Ashes victory secured, England struggled to keep up with Australia at The Oval as both teams sought momentum.

ASHES: Australia sets the stage for next meeting

Australia looks past Ashes, as players hope performance at The Oval prepares them for Brisbane.

ASHES: Watson's huge ton lifts Australia's spirits

Australia rides Shane Watson's first Ashes century to victory over England on day one of Oval Test.

ASHES: What happened to Australian batsmen?

Australian cricket has yet to fill the hole left by Mike Hussey and Ricky Ponting. The sad reality is that unlike the days when selectors were spoilt for choice, Test level batsmen are hard to find.

ASHES: A salt rub for Australia's wounds

Halfway to their target of 299 and only two wickets down Australia, once again, looked a good chance to win this test. But reality reared its ugly head and the team crumbled.

ASHES: Australia's senior attack

The Australian team's senior citizens have been the stars at Durham, with Chris Rogers and Ryan Harris thrilling. But how much longer can they keep going?

ASHES: Rogers proves his mettle

Journeyman Chris Rogers is the second oldest player to make a century for his country. It may be a match winning one.

ASHES: Australia strides towards redemption

In first day at Durham Test, Australia punishes England to take one step closer to drawing the series.

ASHES: A damp and disappointing end at Old Trafford

The Australians regained some pride despite failing to win the Ashes for the third time in a row. Michael Clarke's new goal is to level the series and after Old Trafford, he's being taken more seriously.

ASHES: A gloomy forecast for the visitors

As is always expected in Manchester, the rain dictated the play. Alastair Cooke slowed down the game to his favour and Michael Clarke was robbed of two critical hours.

ASHES: The Mancunian mystery tour

An enthralling third day leaves England still 34 runs short of avoiding a follow-on with 3 wickets in hand.

ASHES: Australia clubs its way toward redemption

Two late wickets following Michael Clarke's highest score against England and Australia has a decent chance to stay in the series.

ASHES: Clarke finds sweet redemption

Veteran captain answers critics by leading the charge for Australia at Manchester's Old Trafford.

Ashes: An English dynasty emerges

After a glorious defeat at Trent Bridge, many had dared to hope of a close Ashes series. But a thrashing at Lord's, the once home-away-from-home for the Aussies, leaves a grim outlook.

Ashes: England piles on the misery

England extended its lead to 566 on day three, and has plenty of batting left. Australia's spirit looks comprehensively broken.

THE ASHES: Australia's false promise

After an encouraging start, Australia's performance on the second day at Lord's was frankly pathetic.