2015: cricket around the world

FILE - In this Sunday, March 29, 2015 file photo, Australia captain Michael Clarke holds the Cricket World Cup Trophy aloft after his team defeated co-host New Zealand in the final in Melbourne, Australia. Clarke scored 74 vital runs to help Australia win the trophy for the fifth time, three more than any other team. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill, File)Photo: AP
Cricket - England v Australia - Investec Ashes Test Series Fifth Test - Kia Oval - 23/8/15 England's Alastair Cook and teammates celebrate winning the Ashes with the urn Action Images via Reuters / Paul Childs LivepicPhoto: REUTERS
Cricket - England v New Zealand - Investec Test Series First Test - Lord's - 24/5/15 England's Alastair Cook in action Action Images via Reuters / Philip Brown Livepic Photo: REUTERS
Australia's Steven Smith plays a shot during the second day of the fourth Ashes cricket test against England at the Melbourne cricket ground in this December 27, 2013 file photo. Ranked number one in the world going into the tournament on the back of an impressive Tri-series triumph over India and England, co-hosts Australia are the unsurprising favourites to clinch a fifth World Cup. REUTERS/David Gray/Files (AUSTRALIA)Photo: REUTERS
New Zealand's Kane Williamson turns the ball down leg against Sri Lanka on day one of the first International Cricket Test, at University Cricket Oval, in Dunedin, New Zealand, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. (Ross Setford/SNPA via AP) NEW ZEALAND OUTPhoto: AP
FILE- In this Feb. 18, 2014 file photo, New Zealand's Brendon McCullum celebrates his triple century against India on the final day of the second test at the Basin Reserve in Wellington, New Zealand. The Feb. 14-March 29, 2015 Cricket World Cup will be staged in New Zealand and Australia for the first time since 1992, when Pakistan won the title. The Black Caps captain could be the best batsman on view if he can even get close to the form he hit in tests last year, when he scored more than 1,000 runs. (AP Photo/SNPA, Ross Setford, File) NEW ZEALAND OUTPhoto: AP
Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara, center, is greeted with an arch of bats as he enters the field for the last match of his test cricket career, the second test cricket match between Sri Lanka and India in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)Photo: AP
PERTH, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 17: Mitchell Johnson of Australia is acknowledges the crowd after he announced hi retirement during day five of the second Test match between Australia and New Zealand at the WACA on November 17, 2015 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)Photo: GETTY IMAGES
South African Dale Steyn gets ready before bowling against West Indies in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, Jan. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)Photo: AP
Cricket - Pakistan v England - Second Test - Dubai International Stadium, United Arab Emirates - 22/10/15 Pakistan's Misbah-ul-Haq celebrates his century as England's Jos Buttler looks on Action Images via Reuters / Jason O'Brien LivepicPhoto: REUTERS
Bangladesh's Mustafizur Rahman, right, celebrates the dismissal of India's Rohit Sharma during the first one-day international cricket match between them in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, June 18, 2015. (AP Photo/ A.M. Ahad)Photo: AP
South Africa's Dale Steyn (2nd L), captain Hashim Amla (3rd R), Alviro Petersen ( L) and AB de Villiers (R) celebrate after winning their first test cricket match against Sri Lanka in Galle July 20, 2014. South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 153 runs on the fifth and final day of the first test to take a one-nil lead in the two-match series on Sunday. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte (SRI LANKA - Tags: SPORT CRICKET)Photo: REUTERS
Australia's David Warner fields the pink ball during the first day of the third cricket test match against New Zealand at the Adelaide Oval, in South Australia, November 27, 2015. REUTERS/David GrayPhoto: REUTERS

There was joy and agony in the arena. Matches were won and lost. Reputations made and destroyed. Old records gave way to new. The year 2015 was not short on action and drama. Here are some of the highlights from an eventful year.

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