James Anderson was England's final-day hero as the hosts held their nerve to complete an astonishing 14-run victory over Australia in an unforgettable climax to the opening Ashes Test.

Ashes 2013: England win first Test against Australia

James Anderson was England's final-day hero as the hosts held their nerve to complete an astonishing victory over Australia in an unforgettable climax to the opening Ashes Test.

Australia Test batsman Phillip Hughes has died aged 25, two days after being struck on the top of the neck by a ball during a domestic match in Sydney Australia team doctor Peter Brukner said he passed away in hospital, never regaining consciousness. Hughes, who also played for Hampshire, Middlesex and Worcestershire, was hit by a delivery from bowler Sean Abbott. "It's an understatement to say we're completely devastated," said Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland.

Phillip Hughes: Australian batsman dies, aged 25

Australia cricketer Phillip Hughes dies in hospital, two days after being hit on the neck by a ball during a match in Sydney.

England, inspired by Kevin Pietersen's brilliant 62, fell just short of a dramatic victory as the fifth Ashes Test ended in a draw on an enthralling final day at The Oval on Sunday. The hosts, chasing 227, were 21 runs short of their target when bad light forced the players off the field with four overs remaining. That deprived a packed crowd of a thrilling finish and left England to settle for a 3-0 win in the series.

England, inspired by Kevin Pietersen's brilliant fell just short of a dramatic victory as the fifth Ashes Test ended in a draw on an enthralling final day at The Oval on Sunday.

England clinched a dramatic victory with a day to spare in the fourth Test in Durham to win the Ashes outright as Australia suffered a sudden collapse chasing 299 runs for victory. Alastair Cook’s side were bowled out for 330 in their second innings as the hosts set Australia 299 runs to win the fourth Test and keep the series alive, but the tourists capitulated in the final session to fall 74 runs short as Stuart Broad starred with six wickets and 11 in the match.

Day four, fourth Test, Chester-le-Street - England 238 (Cook and 330 (Bell 113 / Harris beat Australia 270 (Rogers 110 / Broad and 224 (Warner 71 / Broad by 74 runs. England lead the five-match series and win the Ashes.

Day five, third Ashes Test, Old Trafford – Australia 527-7 dec. and 172-7 dec. draw with England 368 and 37-3 after rain-interrupted final day. England retained the Ashes after persistent rain on the final day denied Australia as they attempted to close out victory in the third Test at Old Trafford.

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Captain Alastair Cook plays down talk of England's first Ashes whitewash after they open up a lead in the series.

Day four, second Test, Lord's - England 361 (Bell 109 / Harris 5-72) and 349-7 dec. (Root 180, Bell 74) beat Australia 128 (Swann 5-44) and 235 (Swann 4-78) by 347 runs. England lead the five-match Ashes series 2-0. England thrashed Australia by 347 runs with a day to spare in the second Test at Lord’s to assume a commanding 2-0 lead in the Ashes series.

Day four, second Test, Lord's - England 361 (Bell 109 / Harris 5-72) and 349-7 dec. (Root 180, Bell 74) beat Australia 128 (Swann 5-44) and 235 (Swann 4-78) by 347 runs. England lead the five-match Ashes series 2-0. England thrashed Australia by 347 runs with a day to spare in the second Test at Lord’s to assume a commanding 2-0 lead in the Ashes series.

Ricky Ponting, the second highest Test run scorer of all time, will retire from all forms of cricket in October.

Ricky Ponting will retire from all forms of cricket in October

Ricky Ponting, the second highest Test run scorer of all time, will retire from all forms of cricket in October.

New Zealand were dismissed for 45 - the lowest Test score in almost 39 years - by South Africa on Wednesday.

New Zealand's 45 is lowest Test score since 1974

New Zealand were dismissed for 45 - the lowest Test score in almost 39 years - by South Africa on Wednesday.

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