The first Test between England and Australia starts at Brisbane's Gabba on Wednesday. Here's a look at five players who could be match-winners in the Ashes
The home side head into the Ashes opener in Brisbane on Wednesday defending the hallowed urn and with their arch-rivals having a dismal record in Australia, losing nine of their last 10 Tests
England haven't won a Test at Brisbane's 'Gabbatoir' since 1986 and will need to conquer psychological demons to avoid another potentially fatal start to their Ashes campaign on Wednesday
The 39-year-old, Test cricket's most prolific fast bowler with 632 scalps, has a minor calf problem, The Cricketer said with the BBC also reporting he was unlikely to start in Brisbane
While Australia retained the Ashes urn, the highlight of the series was the England all-rounder's heroics in their one-wicket win in the third Test at Leeds.
The tourists' build-up to the five-Test series, which starts next week at Brisbane's Gabba ground, has been wrecked by bad weather
T20 World Cup 2021: England captain Morgan says Buttler one of the best, but still trying to improve his game
Buttler pulverised the Australian bowlers with his blistering 32-ball 71 to fashion England's dominating eight-wicket win against the Ashes rivals in the T20 World Cup on Saturday night.
Finch came to Australia's defence after they were outplayed by England on Saturday, suffering an eight-wicket defeat that was their first loss of the ongoing T20 World Cup.
Check out some of the key moments from England's eight-wicket hammering of Australia in our match gallery here.
It was a thoroughly professional display by ODI world champions England as they bundled out Australia for 125 and then overhauled the target in 11.4 overs to consolidate their top position in the Group 1 points table.
England are coming into the game with big wins over West Indies and Bangladesh. They hardly broke a sweat in those games but Australia are likely to pose a much tougher challenge.
Highlights, England vs Australia, T20 World Cup 2021: Buttler helps England win with 50 balls to spare
An unbeaten 71-run blitz from Jos Buttler helped England to chase down what was a paltry 126-run target to begin with. But England dropped just two wickets and chased down the target with 50 balls to spare! Just incredible T20 hitting from Buttler to keep England atop Group 1. Australia are third now in the Group 1 standings, below South Africa.
The ECB was due to meet this week, and Paine said the feedback he had received was positive and he expected most players to tour, including Root.
Ricky Ponting defends Aaron Finch's decision to not kneel for BLM, 'people need to educate themselves before taking stance'
Finch had said his team decided against taking a knee after raising the matter with England skipper Eoin Morgan because "education around it is more important than the protest".
Bairstow breaks into top 10 of ICC rankings for ODI batsmen after century against Australia, Kohli stays at top
Jonny Bairstow topped the England-Australia ODI series aggregate with 196 runs after his 126-ball 112 in the final match to re-enter the top 10 of ICC ODI rankings.
A record sixth-wicket stand of 212 runs between Alex Carey (106) and Maxwell (108) helped Australia to a 2-1 success as England suffered their first home ODI series defeat in five years.
England vs Australia: Maxwell, Carey smash tons as Aussies recover from precarious position to win third ODI, clinch series
Glenn Maxwell and Alex Carey both hit brilliant hundreds as Australia sealed a dramatic series win over world champions England in the third one-day international at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
Highlights, England vs Australia 2020, 3rd ODI Cricket Match at Manchester, Full Cricket Score: Aussies clinch series with 3-wicket win
Follow the live scorecard and ball-by-ball commentary on the third ODI between England and Australia at the Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester.
"There was so much going on leading up to us getting here, maybe we should have talked more about it," Langer said.
Steve Smith, missed the first two matches of the ODI series after getting hit on the head from a throwdown by a member of the coaching staff in practice.