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The Ashes: The captains

England's Andrew Strauss and Australia's Ricky Ponting

Just seven months after taking over from Kevin Pietersen in one of English cricket's most infamous nadirs, England captain Andrew Strauss has restored order.

He emphatically avenged a series defeat against West Indies, but inevitably, comparisons will be made with Michael Vaughan, the last captain to wrest the Ashes from Australian fingers.

The first Test will be Ricky Ponting's 57th match in charge of Australia - he has only ever lost nine as skipper.

However, the 34-year-old's leadership was criticised during Australia's 2-0 series defeat by India last year, looking bereft of inspiration in the field without Shane Warne or Glenn McGrath.

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