• Alastair Cook hoists the urn aloft as England finish the summer with a 3-0 series victory over their old rivals.
  • It all started at Trent Bridge, with the Red Arrows lighting up the gloomy Nottingham skies on the first day
  • Few knew much about Ashton Agar when he was surprisingly handed a debut by Australia. Then he went and made 98 at No.11
  • The series was blighted by controversial decisions, none more so than Stuart Broad being given not out at Trent Bridge
  • England were celebrating in the end after clinching victory on a gripping final day that bought back memories of 2005.
  • Lord's was the setting for the second Test; the members were out in force - and early, too - to see the action unfold
  • Ryan Harris got his name on the honours board at cricket HQ with a five-wicket haul
  • So too did Joe Root, his second-innings century helping set up a landslide victory for the hosts
  • Graeme Swann bowled England to an innings triumph with a day to spare, capturing the final wicket in the extra half hour
  • Old Trafford returned to the Ashes fold, and the Manchester venue had seen plenty of changes since last hosting Australia
  • Michael Clarke led from the front with a fine 187 as the tourists got on top early on
  • But the Manchester weather would have the last word, wiping out much of the final day to mean the match ended in a draw
  • The big screen said it all: England had retained the Ashes with two Tests to spare
  • Graeme Swann didn't take too long to begin the celebrations
  • Durham hosted an Ashes Test for the first time, with Lumley Castle providing a picturesque backdrop for the fourth match
  • Ian Bell was once again in the runs, hitting his third century of the series in England's second innings...
  • before Stuart Broad sparked an Australia collapse, putting England 3-0 ahead to secure a series triumph
  • And then it was on to the Oval, where Shane Watson recovered from a nasty blow to hit a century on day one
  • Yet the rain threatened to ruin the contest, with day three completely washed out in the capital
  • In the end England came mightily close to chasing down a target of 227 on the last day, only for bad light to intervene.
  • It did not dampen England's celebrations, however, as they did a lap of honour around the Oval.

The Ashes summer

Alastair Cook hoists the urn aloft as England finish the summer with a 3-0 series victory over their old rivals.