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
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.
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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
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.
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
Joe Root greeted his & # 39; freakish & # 39; all-rounder Ben Stokes after his innings of his life, England helped squares the Ashes in an amazing way in Headingley.
Stokes made a remarkable unbeaten 135 when they chased 359 to beat Australia with one wicket, number 11 Jack Leach who did not contribute to a final wicket score of 76.
& # 39 ; That was just ridiculous, wasn't it? & # 39; said Root, who was almost speechless as he tried to digest a win that balances the sides at 1-1 and started next week's test in Manchester.
Joe Root hugs Ben Stokes after all- rounder England helped beat Australia in third Ashes Test
& # 39; For us to sit here now, a lot in this series, because we have potentially run away from it, is a great feeling. We will certainly hold it.
& # 39; To be 67 and to win a game of cricket! It took Ben a heroic, erratic attempt to get us over the line. He is the ultimate team man. That is why he is a brilliant vice captain. He drags people with him. & # 39;
Stokes said the feeling he felt after beating Pat Cummins for the winning line through the covers was similar to the English World Cup triumph six weeks earlier at Lord & # 39; s.
& # 39; It is certainly close, & he said. & # 39; When I walked out there at the end, when the whole of Headingley was standing upright, it was a very special moment.
Stokes produced one of the all- time great Ash innings by hitting 135 not in victory
& # 39; You had to try and get it, because such moments don't happen often. It was a great game to be part of and we have kept our Ashes hope alive. & # 39;
Stokes also paid homage to Leach, who blocked 16 balls before moving a single from Cummins to level the scores.
The winning blow came from the next delivery, raising a capacity crowd, and Stokes and Leach together in an incredible embrace, while the Australians wondered how the hell they had lost the game.
& # 39; The only time I started to get a little nervous and panic was when we came to a few numbers, & # 39; said Stokes.
& # 39; These are the most important balls that Jack Leach will ever encounter in his test career, the best he will ever get. Two are needed to make tango. The No. 11 to come out under such & # 39; n pressure was fantastic. & # 39;
England will ask a man who was dramatically cut for last summer's World Cup to cover the role of Ben Stokes in their first official outing of the champions.
Joe Denly is one of the more intriguing selections for the three ODIs against South Africa starting in Newlands on Tuesday. In the first place because he had deviated from their competition plans after making the provisional 15 names. Secondly, this series represents the first steps of a three-year trip to the next tournament in India and the Kent man turns 34 next month.
Also, although Stokes & # 39; man-of-the- match display in the Lord's Last Victory over New Zealand was based on initial stealth at the fold, both he and fellow absent Jos Buttler are known for their explosive battle at the end of the innings.
Joe Denly will be on Thursday 5 take place for England's ODI against South Africa from Thursday
No trait that one would associate with Denly, whose success rate in all day cricket is 76.6. For comparison: Stokes hits 96.6 and Buttler 120.
"I am used to opening hitting in county cricket and of course hitting in the middle is a new experience. I'm definitely not going out and trying to hit like Ben Stokes or Jos Buttler, they are incredible players. It's just a matter of working out a method that works for me and trying to be really clear what that is, & said Denly.
On Saturday, he revealed something of a power game by unfolding five late sixes and a 63-ball 85, after targeting the South African Invitational XI & 39's substitute in Paarl.
Denly & # 39; s leg-spin was also good for two wickets in a knockout match that ended with England coming on the wrong side of a made-up pursuit after it became clear that the hosts were nowhere in the could reach their original goal of 347 run.
He unveiled something of a power game by unfolding five late sixes on Saturday
And his ability with the ball is considerable. The presence of Stokes means that England has a real sixth bowler in the top six. Without him, Denly and Joe Root will share the role behind what are expected to be four sailors and a single frontline spinner.
One thing that Denly will be aware of is the need to begin to convert the bat, regardless of size, achieved six times 25 times in seven innings in England's 3-1 test victory over the South -Africans without going beyond 50.
Although his contributions helped stabilize the early periods of innings, they did not improve an average of 30 in 14 appearances, and he has a sensitivity to the ball that runs back to him from outside .
Nonetheless, prior to selection for the two-Test tour of Sri Lanka next month, he said: “The more and more I have played, I certainly felt more at ease. It's just a matter of trying to keep improving.
"There are areas I have talked to Thorpey (Graham Thorpe) that I will be working on in the coming weeks, while I & # 39; here and then when I go back, we have a short period where I can go and hopefully work on a few things there.
England batting coach Graham Thorpe (right) speaks to Denly for Saturday's action
& # 39; Mentally I'm pretty good at where I am in Test cricket, I think it's just a matter of maybe another or two options: rotation of the stroke and bringing the bowlers back under pressure in certain circumstances can I put that into practice. & # 39;
First, however, the opportunity to develop an ODI career with three Champions Trophy performances in South Africa in 2009 prior to a 10-year break.
[19459025 Against a South African attack that will combine Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi – who claimed to have lost nearly five pounds on Sunday in a customized fitness camp demanded by South Africa & # 39; s interim director of cricket Graeme Smith.
Among fast bowlers, only Trent Boult from New Zealand has caught more one-day international wickets than the 41 Ngidi took between his debut in February 2018 and his most recent performance at the World Cup last June.
Ben Stokes & # 39; father Ged is finally en route home from New Zealand after being taken to the hospital two days before Christmas .
He was supposed to be in a critical condition before being stabilized, and Stokes missed England's training on Christmas Eve to be with him before returning to the squad for their Boxing Day test against South Africa .
& 37 days in the hospital, three surgeries and he is finally on his way home & # 39 ;, said Stokes Wednesday on Instagram, accompanied by a photo with his father. & # 39; You are strong and stubborn, that is why you are still with us. I am so proud to be your son.
A delighted Ben Stokes welcomes his father home from the hospital after a long stay
Ben Stokes missed a training session for England to get to it his father's bed in the hospital
& # 39; And as for you mom, behind every man is a stronger woman, you are incredible. & # 39;
Stokes snr had traveled to South Africa to watch the test match at Centurion, but became seriously ill and was taken to the hospital in Johannesburg.
He was eventually taken out of intensive care, but remained in the hospital for more than a month while he recovered.
Stokes sent a thank you message to South Africa & # 39; s director of cricket Graeme Smith and coach Mark Boucher, who offered their help during the difficult period.
Ben Stokes produced heroic in Cape Town, and put the victory down to his father
He also thanked the doctor and said that Dr. Gavin Shang & # 39; has been incredible and could not have done more for my father and family at the hospital in Johannesburg. & # 39;
Stokes put down his efforts in the dramatic fifth-day victory of England in Cape Town a few weeks later on his father and said that he & # 39; was always in the back of my mind & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I thought he came here to watch me and unfortunately he was unable to do so, so there was much more to my efforts in this game, doing it for him. & # 39;
England's next challenge will be a tour of Sri Lanka in March.
England returned from defeat to defeat by winning one wicket against Australia and keeping the Ashes series alive in remarkable circumstances.
Ben Stokes was the star man at Headingley when he eliminated 135 on an incredible day full of drama.
Here, Sportsmail & Lawrence Booth lists the five largest Ashes innings of all time …
Ben Stokes was in inspired form when he helped England keep the Ashes series alive
Ben Stokes at Headingley in 2019
The Ashes were all ready to remain in Australia's hands when England & # 39; s No. 11 Jack Leach joined Ben Stokes with 73 needed.
Instead, Stokes began etching himself into immortality, hitting six after six and driving the western terrace to the point of delirium. The Ashes of 2019 are alive and kicking.
Stokes was excellent because England achieved one of their greatest victories ever
Kevin Pietersen at The Oval in 2005
England reached lunch on the last day of the biggest series of all time sweating at 127 for five, ahead of only 133.
But Kevin Pietersen chose the moment to announce himself on the international stage, pull Brett Lee on ribbons and hook and finish with 158. England assured the draw that gave them their first Ashes victory since 1986-87 .
Kevin Pietersen announced himself on the international stage in 2005 when he ended with 158
Ian Botham in Old Trafford in 1981
His most memorable innings in a series he honored him has baptized, probably arrived in Headingley, where he broke out 149 for Bob Willis eight for 43 skittles Australia to help England to win after following.
But Botham's more elegant innings took place a month later in Manchester, where he destroyed Dennis Lillee, hit six sixes and defeated 118 from No. 7. It helped England to come from 104 for five to 404.
Ian Botham (left) hit six sixes and hit 118 from No. 7 in Old Trafford in 1981
Stan McCabe in Sydney in 1932-33
This was the first test of the infamous Bodyline series 1932-33, and Australia struggled to cope with the aggression of England. With one exception: Stan McCabe cut an undefeated 187 of 233 balls from 278 while he was on the wicket.
Australia's second best score was 49. England won with 10 wickets, but McCabe had shown how to play leg bouncers.
Stan McCabe was excellent for Australia in 1932-33 when he hit an undefeated 187 of 233 balls
Don Bradman at Headingley in 1930
Only one batsman scored 300 runs in a cricket test of a day, and – surprise, surprise – that man was Bradman. He achieved the performance on the first day of the third Ashes test in 1930, ending in 309 in an Australian total of 458 for three.
He was finally out for 334. Four years later, Bradman renewed his love affair with Leeds and hit 304.
Don Bradman scored incredible 334 points for Australia in Headingley in 1930