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6 Of The Best Ashes Moments in the last 25 years
14th December 2016
The Ashes is one of the most anticipated sporting events. The rivalry between England and Australia is one of the most fierce in world sport! We have found 6 of the most memorable moments from recent years!
Harmison's Wide - The first ball of the first test match of the series sets the tone for what's ahead. This ball from England quick Steve Harmison will go down in history of a tour in 2006/07 that started badly and got a lot worse!
Ponting Run Out - In the 2005 Ashes series, Gary Pratt, a man that few had heard of before, made a huge impact when he came on as a sub fielder for England and became an instant star by running out Australian captain Ricky Ponting.. Ponting's tirade towards the England balcony will always be remembered!
Nasser's Toss - Nasser Hussain will be remembered for this moment before many of his achievements as an England captain. At the Gabba in 2002/03, Hussain won the toss and thought that bowling to a formidable Australian batting line-up would be the wise thing to do. 364/2 at the end of Day One proves this may have been a mistake!
Edgbaston 2005 - England only needed 2 wickets and Australia needed nearly 100 runs on the last day which in theory should have been easy. What followed was the most intense finish to an Ashes match in history. With only 2 runs needed this happened - "Jones... Bowden... Kasprowicz the man to go".
The Ball of the Century - In 1993 there was lots of talk of Shane Warne - a bleached haired Australian leg-spinner who was coming over to tour England for the first time. His first ball in Ashes cricket was to Mike Gatting who didn't stand a chance against Warne's magic delivery. He repeated this over 20 years later to Andrew Strauss. Not a bad bowler really!!
Flintoff and Brett Lee - During the afforementioned game in 2005, there was a huge battle between Andrew Flintoff with the ball and Brett Lee with the bat. The latter got peppered and was struck on most parts of his body, but his efforts were in vain as Australia lost by 2 runs. What followed was an act of great sportsmanship between the two players.
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