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The Ashes: head-to-head

Andrew Flintoff, a replica of the Ashes and Australia captain Ricky Ponting

England and Australia line up for the 65th time on Wednesday as the 2009 Ashes begins in Cardiff.

Australia hold the diminutive urn after a comprehensive 5-0 thrashing in 2006/07, but have since lost a number of iconic players including the greatest leg-spinner in Test history, Shane Warne.

Chastened by their last experience down under, England will aim to evoke the spirit of 2005, when they broke Australia's stranglehold with a brilliant 2-1 series win on home soil.

BBC Sport's Pranav Soneji examines both teams and how they are shaping up for the five-Test series.



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