Broad goes ballistic in Durham
Broad produced a stunning spell on the fourth evening to snatch the series in dramatic circumstances. Australia lost nine wickets in an elongated session after they had appeared on course in their pursuit of 299 for victory. Broad finished with six for 50 in an 11-wicket match haul.
Aston Agar's recor 98
Australia’s teenage debutant spinner hit a world-record score for a number 11, falling short of a century only when Graeme Swann held on to his vicious pull in the deep. For Australia it meant they gained an unlikely first-innings lead in a Test that livedlong in the memory.
Ian Bell’s ton at Lord’s
England completed a dominant 347-run win at Lord’s but initially had to overcome a tricky position at 28 for three on the first morning. Bell nonchalantly went about the repair work, and scoring his third successive Ashes century, before Graeme Swann’s five for 44 on a placid surface knocked Australia over for 128.
Rai at Manchester
England retained the Ashes in anti-climactic circumstances thanks to the Manchester rain. With Australia well-placed to push for victory the weather spared England, who were 37 for three, in a final-day battle. Alastair Cook’s side celebrated the first task of keeping the little urn, although the target of winning the series ensured the champagne remained on ice.
Australia sack Mickey Arthur
Cricket Australia’s decision to sack Mickey Arthur 16 days before the first Test ensured Australia’s preparations were engulfed in controversy. New man Darren Lehmann pledged to turn things around and promised to make the Australian dressing-room a happier place, saying: “It is important to talk about the game whether it be with a beer or a diet coke in your hand. I don’t care.”
Broad walking controversy
Broad is certain to be the pantomime villain in Australia this winter after he failed to walk after Michael Clarke caught an edge off Agar at slip. Broad failed to walk and when Aleem Dar didn’t raise the finger Australia raged and so did the why’s and why not’s of walking. In the context of the game Broad was able to put on 138 for the seventh wicket with Ian Bell - which proved crucial in a game decided by 14 runs.
Warner aims punch at Root
Warner was forced to make a public apology to England counterpart Joe Root after he aimed a punch at the opener in a Birmingham bar following the Champions Trophy match. The fall-out for Warner was being sent to Africa for Australia A’s tour where he missed the opening two Tests.
Drama at Trent Bridge
A gripping Trent Bridge Test was concluded by the Decision Review System. England half-heartedly reviewed an edge behind off Haddin but the Hot Spot technology showed the merest of edges to spark wild celebrations and complete Anderson’s 10-wicket haul.