England bounced back from defeat in the second Test at Lord's to win the third Test at Headingley with Tony Lock and Jim Laker combining in Leeds to take all but two wickets, prompting suggestions pitches were being prepared to favour the home side.
Conditions for the fourth Test at Old Trafford did little to reassure the Australians and when two days of heavy rain were followed by sunshine and a rapidly drying wicket on the final day they were at the mercy of Laker's metronomic action and control.
Laker finished the match with figures of 19-90, single-handedly securing the Ashes for England. Tony Lock took the only other wicket in Australia's first innings, while Laker went on to finish the series with a record haul of 46 wickets, taken at 9.6 runs apiece.
Commentators: Michael Charlton, Rex Alston, George Duckworth, John Arlott