Australia may have retained the urn but could not do enough to win the Ashes series of 2019, while England achieved a 135-run fifth test victory to level the scores.
Stuart Broad and Jack Leach were two of England & # 39; s top performers in The Oval and four wickets each coach Trevor Bayliss a fitting separation.
After a series loaded with moments of individual excellence, Sportsmail expert Lawrence Booth looks back on the five most memorable moments from the five Tests.
England captain Joe Root (left) and Australia, counterpart Tim Paine, lift the Ashes trophy
First test – Edgbaston
At 122 to eight on the first day of the series, Australia looked like 1 -0 to go before they were warmed up. But in his first Test-innings since his one-year ban from Sandpapergate, Steve Smith saved them with a superlative 144. He later sealed the game with a second-innings 142. Smith was back – and how.
Steve Smith raises his bat after scoring a combined 286 runs in the first test at Edgbaston
Second test – Lord & # 39; s
Smith was in the first innings with Lord & # 39; s to 80 when Jofra Archer struck him in the neck during a wildly fast spell that hit 96 mph. Smith left the field for a concussion test, returned shortly thereafter before falling for 92, and was later excluded from the next test. The theater was breathtaking that afternoon.
Steve Smith was excluded from the third test after he was hit by Jofra Archer
Third test – Headingley
Everything Nathan Lyon had to do to secure a 2-0 lead for Australia with two to testing tests was to catch a soft return of Pat Cummins and, with Jack Leach stranded, to turn down the bail. Somehow he dropped the ball, allowing Leach to regain safety. England needed two to win …
Nathan Lyon somehow misses Jack Leach in the third test
third test – Headingley
… but the drama was not over yet. Next ball Ben Stokes missed a huge blow, only for referee Joel Wilson to reject the appeal of Lyon. Australia had previously wasted their previous review moments and technology suggested that Stokes was out. Next time, he threw Cummins through the covers to go to 135 and achieve a fantastic one-wicket win.
Nathan Lyon appeals to referee Joel Wilson as England in a historic comeback
Fourth test – Old Trafford
England let out an almighty sigh of relief when Leach Smith caught 118 in the first innings of Australia. But their faces turned white when they saw the repetition: Leach was exceeded. Smith returned to the fold to hit 211 and hold onto the Ashes' win.
England bowler Jack Leach looks downcast when Steve Smith returns to the fold
& # 39; It's a big, big gamble & # 39 ;: Tyson Fury's decision to drop trainer Ben Davison in favor of Javan & # 39; SugarHill & # 39; Flight attendant before Deontay Wilder rematch questioned by David Haye
David Haye has Tyson Fury & # 39; s decision to drop trainer Ben Davison
questioned Fury chose to replace Davison with Javan & # 39; SugarHill Steward & # 39; in December
Haye Fury & # 39; s decision can backfire when confronted with Deontay Wilder
Tyson Fury & # 39; s decision to switch coaches shortly before his rematch with Deontay Wilder could cost him when the two heavyweights collide again this Saturday, David Haye believes.
Ben Davison helped Fury battle mental demons, cast 10th, and come in a few controversial scorecards from beating the WBC champion.
But in December Fury started working under Javan & # 39; SugarHill & # 39; Steward in preparation for the repetition of their 2018 draw.
Deontay Wilder says that Tyson Fury & # 39; s decision to change trainers may prove to be expensive
Fury chose to replace Ben Davison (photo) with Javan & # 39; SugarHill & # 39; Steward in December
& # 39; The most important factor in this fight are the teams, & # 39; said Haye. & # 39; You fight someone you only have to hit once and it's over. You must ensure that your defense is better and more airtight than ever before.
& # 39; That trust to someone you've had in history is a big gamble in the biggest fight of your career. & # 39;
He added: & # 39; If you end up in a situation where your life is at stake and you have a man who has packed your parachutes 100 times in a row, you are going to trust someone you don't & # 39; t know … the answer is no.
Haye believes Fury could fight Deontay Wilder after he had decided to change his trainer
& # 39; You wouldn't feel comfortable with that … the fact that Ben is not in his corner is the biggest factor in the fight. & # 39;
Anger outboxed Wilder for long periods of their first fight, but was knocked down twice in the final phase.
The Gypsy King won compliments for his smooth performance, but Haye expects Wilder to be sure this time again a break.
& # 39; Fury must have a different game plan as good as the first. And I'm not sure if someone has faith with whom he has no history, is the right thing to do. & # 39;
BT Sport Box Office will show Tyson Fury & # 39; s long-awaited rematch with Deontay Wilder, exclusively live on Saturday, February 22.
England Ben Stokes became the newest Ashes star who suffered a scare after his helmet was damaged by a short ball from Josh Hazlewood – before he inspired England to make a famous comeback in the third test.
The hosts pursued a goal of 359 runs to prevent Australia's Ashes in the third test in Headingley and Stokes put on a famous exhibition with 135 runs while England won with one wicket.
The series is peppered with head attacks, notably Aussie batsman Steve Smith claims during the second test at Lord & # 39; s last week. And Stokes became the last concern early in the day after he was struck by the delivery of Hazlewood, who broke parts of his helmet.
England Ben Stokes became the newest player who suffered head scare during the Ashes
on the beaten during the morning session on day four of the Third Axis test
The 28-year old born in New Zealand could not avoid the stingy bouncer on Sunday
Stokes was checked by the medical staff in Headingley but got all permission to continue go
He continued to present an excellent final grandstand for England, hitting a number of sensational sixes
The English the all-rounder seemed undisturbed by the incident as he calmly went to look for the damaged parts of his helmet that had been strewn across the fold.
He received treatment on the field, but was allowed to continue by England's medical staff – and he allowed England to count it to lead a one-run victory.
Stokes did not turn 135, overshadowing the spirit of Sir Ian Botham in 1981 and even his race-winning turn in the World Cup Final, to lead England to their record pursuit of 359.
Shortly after suffering from the fear, he built on his slow and steady accumulation of two runs of 60 balls by hitting four at Nathan Lyon via mid-wicket. [1 9459007]
England lost Joe Root for 77 on Day Four of the Third Test, a competition they had to win if they hope to prevent Australia from retaining its urn this month.
All-rounder Stokes was receiving the 61st ball from his innings innings that had run a total of two runs
Josh Hazlewood sent a short ball at a speed of 83.9 mph and drove it up to the head of Stokes
The impact of the delivery broke his helmet and left parts of his strewn across the fold
Stokes picked up the damaged parts of his helmet and continued to help England 359
Australia set a goal of 359 after their two innings despite Talisman Smith's absence, but in the end it was not enough to seal everyone except the ashes.
Their talisman-batsman got a nasty blow to the head during the second test at Lord & # 39; s off at 92mph Jofra Archer delivery.
Smith was diagnosed with delayed concussion and became the first test cretereter to be replaced when he was replaced by Marnus Labuschagne.
His replacement has also been the subject of a scare after he was beaten twice during the morning session on Saturday in Headingley.
Stokes was the last victim of a head blow after Steve Smith was hit in the neck at Lord & # 39; s
Smith had to replace and was then excluded from the Third Test because of concussions
The Jason Roy of England also underwent concussion after he was hit during a net session
Smith's replacement Marnus Labuschagne was also beaten twice on Saturday in Headingley
Labuschagne also required a check during a net session on Tuesday, after feeling the power of a delivery to Mitchell Marsh. Jason Roy in England was also beaten in a net session on Tuesday, in which the 29-year-old was hit by a throw-in from the former international Marcus Trescothick, who works temporarily with the team.
Roy was later checked for a delayed concussion, but everything was released.
& # 39; Arise Sir Ben Stokes & # 39 ;: Gary Lineker calls for England & # 39; s Ashes hero to become a knight world because sports world has a sensational match-winning display against Australia in Headingley
honors Ben Stokes inspired an incredible comeback for England in the third Ashes Test
His 135 runs attracted Joe Root's men to a dramatic victory from the edge of the defeat
Stokes started the day at the fold and stood firmly against the bowlers of the tourists
The historic series is now nicely finished in one piece on the way to Old Trafford
Social media praised the Ben Stokes' heroism after his challenging fold action inspired Joe Root's men to a dramatic victory in the third Ashes Test in Headingley.
Stokes had held onto the fold from day four and led the incredible comeback with an undefeated 135, just when it seemed that Australia was destined to keep the urn. internet.
Ben Stokes' heroic deeds had England & # 39; s dramatic victory in the third Ashes Test helped
De 135 star haul of the English star saw him holding his nerve to Headingley during day four
His beautiful century laid the foundation for a second historical performance of the summer after England & # 39; s World Cup triumph and his last wicket partnership with Jack Leach was unbroken at 76 in the one-wicket triumph.
Australia seemed to have tightened its hold on the urn after the earlier resignation of the skipper Joe Root, but Stokes & Divine intervention saved England's fading chances of saving a series victory.
And it seemed that the man of the moment could hardly believe the magnitude of his heroism – with Stuart Broad placing a photo of Stokes in the dressing room and caption & # 39; I'm not sure if he can really believe what he has just done? & # 39 ;.
Stuart Broad placed a photo of the hero of England in the dressing room after the drama
English coach Paul Collingwood shared a photo of Stokes in the dressing room with pads on
Gary Lineker tweeted: & # 39; Arise Sir @ benstokes38. You absolute hero. Best test match ever. Unbelievable! & # 39;
Sportsmail columnist and former English captain Nasser Hussain, wrote: & # 39; You can't do that Ben Stokes & # 39 ;, citing his commentary on the incredible all-rounder catch in the World Cup opening match against South Africa earlier this summer
Former teammate Graeme Swann tweeted: & # 39; I don't have a sister, but if I did, I'd like her to marry Ben Stokes. & # 39;
England legend and BBC summarizer Geoffrey Boycott was downright praising and said: & # 39; I've seen some notable cricket moments in my life, but that's the best I've had in over 50 years have seen.
& # 39; Ben Stokes saved the ashes and gave a magical inspiring innings. Even better than his World Cup performance. Well done England. & # 39;
Despite the last breath of defeat, former Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie was merciful in recognizing Stokes' heroism and described his knock as & # 39; one of the best of all time & # 39 ;.
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Betfair spokesman Katie Baylis said: “Today's incredible match-winning innings of Stokes have his chances for a Sports Person of the Year change to odds-on at 1/3 of 6/4 before the test and it looks like he has already packed the prize with months of the coming sport year. & # 39;
Several other notable names and celebrities Rities also greeted the hero of England when the drama had taken place on Sunday.
Piers Morgan tweeted: & # 39; Benjamin Stokes – you F * CKING LEGEND! & # 39 ;.
The BBC's Test Match Special attempted to parse the result, former Australian international Glenn McGrath also labeled Stokes & # 39; class & # 39 ;.
He said: & What a class cricket player Ben Stokes is. Great with bat, ball and in the field. Is there currently a better all-rounder in the world? & # 39;
Michael Vaughan could hardly believe the action at Headingley and added: & # 39; At Lord & # 39; s after the World Cup we said we would never see anything special again
& # 39; We just have it. But in an Ashes series, when your team is gone, the urn is practically in the dressing room of Australia, to do that is something else. & # 39;
The sheer unpredictability of the result in Yorkshire also had the heads of some football fanatics, while Tottenham was preparing to accommodate Newcastle in the capital.
A video on Twitter shows a large gathering in the hall at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium united in their celebrations after the last four of Stokes confirmed the unthinkable.
Football fans at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium turned their attention to the Ashes promotion
There were wild parties in the meeting after Stokes & # 39; four confirmed England & # 39; s victory
& # 39; It's a unique situation & # 39 ;: Sean Dyche says the tense relationship with Ben Gibson & # 39; private & # 39; is after the defender started training in Middlesbrough … despite being still a Burnley player
Burnley bought Ben Gibson from Middlesbrough for £ 15m in August 2018
Burnley Boss Sean Dyche insisted on details of the breakdown in relations with defender Ben Gibson will remain private.
The Clarets confirmed on Wednesday that they had taken the very unusual step of having Gibson, with a £ 15 million signature in August 2018, train with his former Middlesbrough club.
At his press conference prior to Saturday's collision with Southampton Dyche said: “It is a fairly unique situation.
Burnley defender Ben Gibson returned to former club Middlesbrough this week
& # 39; There is a private angle that will remain private, but he is currently training with Middlesbrough to stay fit and stay sharp. However, he is still a Burnley player. & # 39;
Gibson made only one performance this season and insisted on a move to Burnley in January.
The club statement on Wednesday reads: & # 39; The defender made it clear in the weeks prior to the end of the January transfer period that he wanted to leave Turf Moor to look for regular first-team football.
& # 39; Unfortunately for the player the club received no offer it felt acceptable and he remains contracted with the club. & # 39;
According to reports that there had been a fight between the defender and Dyche's assistant Ian Woan, the boss said: & # 39; At this stage the club statement is correct and everything outside will remain private for us. & # 39;
Dyche insisted that he would not close the door for Gibson's return, but did not sound optimistic that would be the case.
Sean Dyche admits that it is a & # 39; unique situation & # 39; is, but would not be drawn over the & # 39; private & # 39; issue
& # 39; We shall see, & # 39; he said. & # 39; It is one of those situations where we are waiting to see what the next step is. For us as a club, and just as much for him as a player. & # 39;
Gibson is the joint record of Burnley with Chris Wood but, unlike the striker, he failed to break into the first team and only make one. Premier League performance and six in all competitions in 18 months.
Dyche said that he did not regret signing and added: & # 39; All parties come in good faith in a situation and want to be successful. It just isn't always the case.
& # 39; I think there is a reality for everyone's journey in football. Some like to work hand in hand, others need work, others need time. Not every player can play, you can only choose 11 players, and it's tough.
& # 39; We have massive good players here, and we have certainly had very good middle halves, or whatever he is, but he couldn't find a way to join the team. Then frustration can build the back of it. & # 39;
The Clarets defender is now training in his former club, despite being still on Burnley's books
Stoke midfielder James McClean hit by Preston counterpart Ben Pearson on social media on Wednesday night, called his opponent a & # 39; b **** & # 39 ;.
The couple was engaged in an ongoing battle during Preston's 2-0 win at bet365 Stadium, and little love seems to have been lost between the couple.
The controversial Republic of Ireland international posted an Instagram story of him towering above Pearson on the field, with the caption: & # 39; Cleaning up aisle 4 … there is one **** on the floor & # 39 ;.
James McClean posted this post on his Instagram story focused on Ben Pearson
The pair fought in an ongoing fight during Preston's win at Stoke on Wednesday
Target scorer Alan Browne spoke about a handge between the couple in the second half, who appears to be the incident referred to by McClean on social media.
& # 39; I was only trying to grab Pearo, but there were about 15 players trying to grab him and he probably just wanted to get stuck & # 39 ;, Browne said.
& # 39; He's 90 minutes red, to be honest, he just plays the game like an animal, but when something like that happens, he doesn't like it.
They were involved in a scuffle during the second half of the game at the bet365 Stadium
& I know he has had a bit of history with James McClean in the past and they don't really like each other, but it is what it is and you must continue. & # 39;
McClean is no stranger to controversy and makes headlines every year for his refusal to wear poppy on his shirt during the commemoration period.
He is also often booed by supporters of opposition clubs like his, because of his attitude, which comes from his upbringing in Derry.
After producing one of the largest innings in Test match history Ben Stokes revealed the surprising fuel behind his Ashes heroic deeds on Sunday.
Forget protein shakes and hydration tablets, when asked what he ate when he rested for his big day at the fold, Stokes said: & # 39; A knock-off Nando & # 39; s and a few Yorkie raisin and cookie bars. & # 39;
Stokes went to bed with a full stomach Saturday night knowing that England needed an unlikely 203 runs with seven wickets to win the third test.
Ben Stokes has revealed that a Nando & # 39; s and two Yorkie bars fed his Ashes heroic acts on Sunday
Stokes & # 39; Remarkable 135 was not one of the largest innings in Test Match History
Stokes struck more sixes in a single innings than any other player in Ashes' history
At 156 for three at the start of the game, there was hope, although Stokes & three runs on Saturday came from no less than 73 balls when he wanted to frustrate Australia.
His tactics seemed to work, but although he remained in the fold, he was powerless to prevent his teammates from leaving him at regular intervals because England lost five wickets for 41 runs.
Stokes was persistent and survived just after lunch at 34 years before releasing the Australian attack with a blistering display of major battles that brought back memories of this World Cup.
Jack Leach scored one out of 17 balls in a 10th wicket partnership worth 76 points
Remarkably, he hit eight sixes – more than any other player in a single innings in Ash N history, including a magical reverse range from Nathan Lyon.
And yet, for all his brilliance, it seemed as if he would be without partners. Australia licked their lips when a spectacled Jack Leach entered the Headingley arena with England at 286 for nine – but he and Stokes had other ideas.
With Leach ended, Stokes broke border after border to lead England to England one of the biggest victories in test match history.
Maybe he should have Nando & # 39; s and a few Yorkie bars more often.
Ben Gibson was remarkably set to start training in Middlesbrough on Wednesday – although he is still under contract with Burnley until 2022.
Relations between the defender, which was signed for £ 15 million from Boro in 2018, and Burnley is assumed to have become so tense that from this week he can work with his home club. Boro has confirmed that Gibson will be with them on Wednesday.
The exact nature – and duration – of the agreement that allows Gibson to take this step is unclear, but Sportsmail understands that he will be at Durham base at Rockliffe in Boro this week.
Ben Gibson has become a forgotten man in Burnley after his £ 15m move van Middlesbrough
Gibson has only played six times in all competitions for Burnley since joining in August 2018, and is believed to have always been discouraged by his lack of action from the first team – his only senior appearance this period was against Sunderland in the Carabao Cup in August.
The 27-year-old – allegedly earning around £ 40,000 a week – was then frustrated when a proposed loan moved to Watford in the final days of the January transfer window fell through.
It was thought that there was a disagreement between Burnley and Gibson, was recently created when members of the coaching staff discussed his performance with him in a training session.
The defender of Clarets is now set to train in his former club despite being still on Burnley's books
It was then argued that Gibson would work with the Clarets & # 39; Under 23 team, before it was decided that Gibson would work away from the club for the time being.
Gibson, the cousin of Boro owner Steve Gibson, came through the youth ranks in Middlesbrough and signed his first professional deal in 2010. Gibson is supposed to have a good relationship with Boro boss Jonathan Woodgate, whom he idolized as a young player.
Boron showed an interest in signing Gibson in Janu ary, with Woodgate saying, "Would he be open to come back?" I'm not sure about that. But he's a Boro boy, isn't he? & # 39;
Burnley declined to comment while the Gibson representatives could not be reached.
Gibson has seen this term only once in a Carabao Cup- collision with Sunderland
It was appropriate that Kevin Pietersen was in Edgbaston to see the moment of cricket genius that could easily have been overlooked seen in the drama of a pulsating world cup victory over India.
When England St Ben reversed his stance to strike a right-handed swing for six from Yuzvendra Chahal on Edgbaston on Sunday, memories of the pioneer of the shot came back.
It was Pietersen who made the & # 39; switch-hit & # 39; invented Muttiah Muralitharan for six years on the same ground and repeated the trick, a little controversial for some tastes, against New Zealand & Scott Styris in Durham two years later.
Ben Stokes returns his posture to a right-handed to strike a blow against India on Sunday
Now Pietersen, who commented on Indian television, could admire admiration while Stokes somehow improved the shot to break what was an Indian stranglehold become at a crucial must-win stage
This was a brilliant piece of improvisation by Stokes, who is so much more mature than the batter who found his way to those two hundred against South Africa in Cape Town in the carefree days when he came out am like England talisman.
Now, with the incident in Bristol that his endangered career is very far behind him, Stokes not only appears to be maturing outside the field, but also on it, in his excellent and responsible batting performance during this World Cup.
Stokes may be the only member of England's regular top six to score another century in this tournament, but he may have been their best batsman in making four 75-plus scores, often in demanding circumstances.
Stokes raises his club after reaching his club half century against the Indians in Edgbaston
There was the explosive introduction to the opening game at the Oval when he scored 89, grabbed two wickets and held that miraculous catch against South Africa to immediately stamp his mark on what he & # 39; our World Cup & # 39; calls.
But since then, Stokes has been really impressed, with two of his best innings in losing goals against Sri Lanka and Australia – when he did everything possible to prevent those damaging defeats for England, but not enough received support. Against India, he made sure a slowdown of England & # 39; s progress after the departments of Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow – they went 10 overs without a limit – did not become a crisis, with 79 out of 54 balls leading them to a match-winning 337 brought.
It is fascinating to see that, according to CricViz analysts, only Joe Root has a lower percentage of edges and misses in this World Cup for England than Stokes.
More revealing, although his percentage of offensive shots has decreased over the past three years, his run rate and limit percentages have increased. It means that Stokes is a much smarter batsman who knows when to attack.
The 28-year-old all-rounder has become a much smarter batsman, knowing when to attack
Since the fighting in Bristol, it has been noticeable that Stokes was sometimes almost too responsible for the bat, perhaps desperately not wanting to throw away any innings after denying a shot at the Ashes in Australia due to his lack of discipline.
He always eats a few deliveries at the start of a one-day innings because he has strong instead of supple wrists and struggles to maneuver good balls because singles while playing himself, like Root, for example, are so skilled are doing. But Stokes more than makes up for it as his innings continue and shows that while his bowling is still going on, he is now almost becoming the world-class batsman who has head coach Trevor Bayliss always expected to grow.
He returns to his home country of Chester-le-Street on Wednesday to play against his homeland – in what is actually a quarter-final of the World Cup – with another man from the north-east making an equally important contribution to the ball.
Liam Plunkett, born and made in the Northeast, but now in Surrey via Yorkshire, is the only & # 39; undefeated & # 39; member of the team of England, with omitted for each of the three defeats.
It is fair to say, after an important three-wicket contribution against India, that his place is now assured as long as England is still in the competition.
& # 39; I am now at my best & # 39 ;, said 34-year-old Plunkett, who could easily have been left out of England & # 39; s original team his falling pace has been shared by his biggest supporter , Captain Eoin Morgan.
& # 39; I am not trying to reinvent the wheel. I'm not trying to get five for spit. I know it is my job to break a bit, speed up my pace and hopefully pick up those crucial wickets, "said Plunkett.
" I am not going to throw 90 km / h consistently. On my good days I will throw the strange ball there, but I feel that I control my lines and lengths and determine batsmen.
& # 39; As you get older you think: & # 39; I wish I knew what I know now when I was younger, "but so it is. & # 39;
] Liam Plunkett (L) celebrates with Eoin Morgan after the wicket of the Indian Virat Kohli
A host of Premier League ] stars are broken with grime artist Stormzy while enjoying their Premier League winter break.
Jack Grealish posed alongside the British musician in Dubai while the captain Aston Villa spent a period of his time away from the rigors of top-flight football in the United Arab Emirates.
And England internationals James Maddison and Ben Chilwell also took a photo with Stormzy, in which the high-flying stars of Leicester handed over the two weeks to recover mentally & # 39; by boss Brendan Rodgers.
A large number of Premier League stars have broken alongside make-up artist Stormzy in Dubai
Stormzy, who has received a series of accolades including MOBO and Brit Awards, had completed a critically acclaimed set in Dubai as part of his last world tour on Friday.
And after he was on stage, 26-year-old Londoner was also greeted by Tottenham-younger Ryan Sessegnon and frontman Tammy Abraham from Chelsea.
Jose Mourinho admitted that he was not sure about the goal of the break, but allowed his players a few days off & # 39 ;.
The British musician also posed with in-form Leicester duo James Maddison and Ben Chilwell
Sessegnon, drawn from Fulham, chose to join friends Abraham and Marcus Rashford in Dubai.
Abraham, who was Frank Lampard's first choice this season on Stamford Bridge, embarked on a mini breakthrough to the popular tourist hotspot.
The Champions League pursuers will be 16 days away from the Premier League action, with the Blues next in action against Manchester United in a crucial confrontation in the capital.
Top flight managers and players have often regretted their workload during the festive period and after a meeting between the Premier League, the Football Association and the Football League in June 2018, clubs will be given one weekend off this week.