England have dominated in recent years
The former England seamer recalls a tough and talented Ashes opponent
Anderson and Swann compared to great Australian pace-spin duo
He has a mastery of the off-cutter: many of his victims are castled shouldering arms
The most unmistakable sign of the tourists' total domination has been, the blip in Perth aside, a refusal to rest on their laurels
His cricketing days may be behind him but Glenn McGrath isn't ready to hang up his sledging boots quite yet. With England having retained the Ashes in Melbourne, McGrath – who, it transpires, was able to enjoy such a long career thanks to the genetic benefit of extremely strong bones – refused to be downbeat when he spoke to reporters at the SCG, predicting an Aussie win and a tied series. "It's been a funny old summer with Australia dominating then England dominating, then Australia dominating. It's just such a topsy-turvy pattern there, it's the way it goes," he said.
Heart-broken after failing to regain the Ashes, Ricky Ponting was forced to admit the captaincy issue was out of his hands and his powers with the bat may be on the wane.
Four years ago the wicketkeeper was part of the England side that surrendered the urn at the Waca. The pain remains, he tells Will Hawkes
Australian captain wants to avenge last summer so badly it has become a fight to hang on to his identity
Australia can change bowlers but if Adelaide is a dead track too it will make little difference
The hardening word here is that the taker of 166 Test wickets will not make it to the start against England on Friday. Psychologically, he looks to be in pieces
With Australia's captain showing signs that his once impregnable guard is down, the tourists will need their talisman to land a knockout blow, says James Lawton
The 2010/11 Ashes are nearly upon us as England look to retain the urn against Australia.
No 'whitewash' claims this time but it's notoriously difficult to win Down Under
Peter George took his first Test wicket yesterday – Sachin Tendulkar on 214. Andrew Strauss beware
Having last been seen losing to Pakistan, Ricky Ponting has opened the phoney war ahead of the Ashes by declaring that his side are capable of a clean sweep in the five-Test series that begins in November.