They started the year by losing a five-match Test series against the West Indies 1-0 in the Caribbean, but they bounced back to to take the one-day series 3-2.
Revenge was exacted when West Indies came to England at the start of the summer, with the home side comprehensively winning both Tests in the two-match series and taking the one-day series 2-0.
However, an embarrassing four-wicket defeat by the Netherlands at Lord's in the opening match of the ICC World Twenty20 tournament followed as England failed to qualify from Group E.
The Ashes series started with a thrilling game at Cardiff as James Anderson and Monty Panesar defied Australia for 40 minutes to clinch a draw while the second Test saw England end a 75-year wait for a win against Australia at Lord's with Andrew Flintoff taking three of the five wickets needed on the final day to wrap up a 115-run win.
England cricketers look back on year
The rain-hit third Test at Edgbaston was drawn, but Australia levelled the series with a crushing victory at Headingley by an innings and 80 runs.
Needing a victory at The Oval in the fifth and final Test, England were struggling at 39-3 in their second innings but Jonathan Trott's debut century and Graeme Swann's aggressive 63 helped the hosts to a 197-run victory and series win.
Australia took the one-day series 6-1 and then beat England by nine wickets in the semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy.
This winter's tour of South Africa has got off to a decent start with a 2-1 one-day series win. The first of four Tests begins on Wednesday, 16 December.
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