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Ashes: Sixth consecutive win for Aussies in 1998-9

Australia completed their sixth consecutive Ashes win, showing little sign of relinquishing their grasp on the famous urn. Not even Darren Gough's hat-trick in the Fifth Test at the SCG could stem the tide.

England were saved by a spectacular thunderstorm on the final afternoon of the First Test at Brisbane. "It's absolutely amazing and I wouldn't have missed this for the world," says Henry Blofeld, as thunder crashes around him.

By the end of the Third Test in Adelaide though, Australia were 2-0 up and the Ashes had been retained before Christmas. It was the earliest Australia had ever won a home series.

England restored some pride with a thrilling 12-run win in the Boxing Day Test at Melbourne, thanks largely to the bowling of Dean Headley and Darren Gough.

Gough's form continued in the final Test at Sydney, where he took the first hat-trick by an Englishman in an Ashes Test since Jack Hearne in 1899. But Michael Slater's tremendous 123 in the second innings, out of an Australian total of 184, set up another victory for the home side.

Commentators: Henry Blofeld, Vic Marks, Christopher Martin-Jenkins, Mike Selvey, Jonathan Agnew


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