Barney Ronay: The first day at The Gabba rarely fails to set the agenda for an Ashes series, though England's problems have often been self-inflicted
January 6: John Howard, Sir Donald Bradman, Banjo Patterson, Rolf Harris, Richie Benaud, Dawn Fraser, Malcolm Conn, Kerry Packer, Dame Edna Everidge, your boys, took one hell of a beating... at last.
January 6: Thanks to Michael Vaughan, the prospect of a historic Australian whitewash appears to have receded.
Michael Vaughan, who was today voted the player of the Ashes series, has climbed to the highest rating for an England batsman since former captain Graham Gooch was top a decade ago.
England hero Michael Vaughan clinched a double award, claiming both the man-of-the-match and man-of-the-series titles as England clinched the fifth and final match in the Ashes series.
December 3: Unlike the previous four Tests of this Ashes series there was much about the opening day of this final match to remind one of fair dinkum Test cricket.
December 3: The Aussies were generous to Mark Butcher yesterday, almost to a fault. Result: a ton and a smattering of self respect.
January 2: If England do suffer a 5-0 Ashes whitewash at least they won't have to catch the boat home like the last lot who suffered that fate 82 years ago.
January 2: England's most capped player Alec Stewart has denied that the final Ashes Test is his cricketing swansong.
January 1: No Shane Warne, no Glenn McGrath and possibly no Jason Gillespie: this is a scenario about which England can only have dreamed.