Joe Root was delighted to end English cricket’s golden summer on a high after drawing the Ashes but will not rest until the urn is back on home soil.
Australia captain Tim Paine denied his side had let the verbal warfare go too far as England laid the foundations for an Ashes-levelling victory in the final Test.
Joe Root has just become the first England captain to surrender the Ashes urn on home soil in 18 years but remains convinced he is the right man to lead the Test side.
Steve Smith feels he is in the form of his life after playing a starring role in Australia’s Ashes success in England.
Sport often provides tales of the unexpected, but even now, as the dust has settled on Ben Stokes’ remarkable exploits at Headingley, there remains a sense of near-disbelief at how the Third Test and the Ashes series had been turned on its head.