November witnessed the landmark fixture when Australia beat New Zealand in front of an impressive aggregate crowd of 123,736 who flocked to the Adelaide Oval for the three days the match lasted.
Another event significant in that it simply took place, was that Pakistan played major internationals on their own soil for the first time in six years, beating Zimbabwe in both Twenty20 and one-day series.
The highlight of Australia’s year came when they beat fellow co-hosts New Zealand by seven wickets in the 50-over World Cup final in Melbourne.
Their record-extending fifth title owed much to Mitchell Starc, the left-arm fast bowler taking 22 wickets at 10.18.
But it was a different story when Australia were beaten in the Ashes — the first time they had lost four successive away series against England since 1896 despite the hosts effectively ending Kevin Pietersen’s international career.
Stuart Broad set up England’s series-clinching win with a remarkable eight for 15 return as Australia were skittled out for 60 on the first morning of the fourth Test at his Trent Bridge home ground.
After the defeat, Australia captain Michael Clarke announced his international retirement.
He was one of several Australians to retire in 2015, with Ryan Harris, Chris Rogers, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Johnson and Shane Watson (Tests) also bowing out.
South Africa lost their first away Test series in nine years when they went down 3-0 to India as touring teams everywhere again struggled.
India did however triumph in Sri Lanka, where conditions are similar to their own, by coming from behind to win a three-match series 2-1 as they enjoyed their first success on the island in 22 years.
Sri Lanka said goodbye to the retiring duo of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, two outstanding batsmen.
One consolation for South Africa was the form of AB de Villiers, who scored the fastest fifty, hundred and 150 — off just 64 balls against the West Indies at the World Cup — in one-day international history.
Bangladesh, so long the makeweights of world cricket, knocked England out of the World Cup and enjoyed several home ODI series wins.