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Ashes 2005

Why was it one of the greatest series ever?
Even as the 2005 Ashes was going on, everyone involved was aware they were part of one of the greatest series ever.

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END OF SERIES HIGHLIGHTS AND FEATURES

Steve Harmison & Andrew Flintoff celebrate England's Ashes win Picture review with Test Match Special commentary



England coach Duncan Fletcher England's success story
The building blocks that helped England win


Australia opener Justin Langer writes for BBC Sport on every day of the Ashes series Justin Langer column
"No disgrace losing to a side with such talent and unity"


The greatest series in history
How else to describe England's epic Ashes clash with Australia? Scroll down to follow the plot of a classic sporting drama as the hosts came from behind to claim two tense wins - or click down to your favourite moment.

One-day series & buildup | 1st Test | 2nd Test | 3rd Test | 4th Test | 5th Test | Celebrations & parade

England v Australia - how the odds fluctuated

Graph showing England's progress and the odds

BUILD-UP AND ONE-DAY MATCHES, June/Early July

One day highlights: England's fighting quality, Australian vulnerability and thrilling cricket, such as the tied NatWest series final, were hints of everything that was to come.

13 June (Rose Bowl, Twenty20) Australia skittled for 79 by England when crashing to 100-run loss
18 June (Cardiff, NatWest Series): Minnows Bangladesh beat Australia by five wickets
19 June (Bristol, NatWest Series): Kevin Pietersen's 91 guided England to a three-wicket win
23 June-2 July (NatWest Series) Australia and England share a thrilling tie in the final
7-12 July (Nat West Challenge) Aussies hit back for 2-1 series win

Prediction: Glenn McGrath forecast a 5-0 Ashes win for Australia

England odds to win 2005 Ashes before 1st Test: 5/1 (Betfair) Full Tour results

Justin Langer writes exclusively for BBC Sport Justin Langer column
"The most eagerly awaited Test series for a very long time is on our doorsteps"

Simon Jones Simon Jones exclusive column
England bowler on the team's Twenty20 celebrations

BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew Jonathan Agnew columns
Search for BBC cricket correspondent's views

FIRST TEST: LORD'S, LONDON, 21-25 July

Australia 190 & 384
England 155 & 180
Australia win by 239 runs
Glenn McGrath claimed his 500th Test victim at Lord's First Test highlights


Glenn McGrath Man of the Match
Glenn McGrath, match figures of 9-82

Tale of the match: Seventeen wickets fell on the first day as fortunes swung from England to Australia. The Aussies eventually cruised to victory as the hosts lost their last five second wicket innings for just 22 runs.
Key moment: Aussie paceman Glenn McGrath took his 500th Test wicket in a devastating opening-day spell of 5-21
Stat: Catches win matches - England dropped seven of them.
Jonathan Agnew daily view: Day One | Day Two | Day Three | Day Four

Headline: 'You bunch of drips' (The Mirror)
England's odds to win 2005 series: 12/1 rank outsiders.

PHOTO GALLERIES

England captain Michael Vaughan makes only three runs at Lord's Day one photos
Series opens explosively with 17 wickets


WHAT THEY SAID

Justin Langer writes exclusively for BBC Sport Justin Langer column
"We didn't leave the Lord's changing room until midnight"

WHAT YOU SAID

TMS message boards "Another dismal showing from England which bodes ill for the rest of the series" - AR


SERIES SCORE: ENGLAND 0-1 AUSTRALIA

SECOND TEST: EDGBASTON, BIRMINGHAM, 4-7 August

England 407 & 182
Australia 308 & 279
England win by two runs
Steve Harmison claims the final Aussie wicket at Edgbaston Second Test highlights


andrew flintoff Man of the Match
Andrew Flintoff's 141 runs and six wickets - shades of Botham

Tale of the match: A thriller Hitchcock would have relished. England dominated after being sent into bat. Australia were set a ground record chase of 282, and looked finished at 175-8 but Shane Warne and Brett Lee dug in and England's nerves were shredded before snatching a two-run victory.
Key moment: England's odds to win series cut to 9/1 from 12s when Australia lose bowler Glenn McGrath after he injures ankle treading on ball in training before match.
Stat: Narrowest runs-margin win in 128-year history of the Ashes.
Jonathan Agnew daily view: Day One | Day Two | Day Three | Day Four

Headline: 'At last' (The Independent)
England's odds to win 2005 series: 3/1 outsiders.

PHOTO GALLERIES

England match-winner Steve Harmison Fourth day drama
Pictures as England clinch an amazing win


WHAT THEY SAID

Simon Jones' column appears exclusively on the BBC Sport website Simon Jones' column
"We went to an Aussie bar to celebrate our Edgbaston Test win"

WHAT YOU SAID

TMS message boards "Brilliant, I couldn't watch! Well done lads and well done to the Aussies" - TD


SERIES SCORE: ENGLAND 1-1 AUSTRALIA

THIRD TEST: OLD TRAFFORD, MANCHESTER, 11-15 August

England 444 & 280-6dec
Australia 302 & 371-9
Match drawn
Skipper Ricky Ponting earned Australia a draw at Old Trafford with a gritty knock of 156 Third Test highlights


Ricky Ponting Man of the Match
Gritty captain Ricky Ponting's innings of 156 saved his side.

Tale of the match: Australia grimly held on to claim a tense draw despite trailing by 142 after Simon Jones tore into their first innings with 6-53. Skippers Michael Vaughan and Ricky Ponting both topped 150 runs, but the Aussie's dismissal with four overs left meant his last two men faced 24 agonising deliveries.
Key moment: Rain on the third day washed away England's chances of victory.
Stat: First time in 10 years Australia forced to bat out a draw against their Ashes rivals.
Jonathan Agnew daily view: Day One | Day Two | Day Four | Day Five

Headline: 'Coulda, shoulda, still might...' (The Times)
England's odds to win 2005 series: 3/1 outsiders.

PHOTO GALLERIES

Andrew Flintoff claims another wicket Day Five photos
Australia defy everything England throw at them


WHAT THEY SAID

Australia opener Justin Langer writes for BBC Sport on every day of the Ashes series Justin Langer column
"I can't remember celebrating a draw before in my career"

WHAT YOU SAID

TMS message boards "Thanks to all players of both teams for a great game" - A


SERIES SCORE: ENGLAND 1-1 AUSTRALIA

FOURTH TEST: TRENT BRIDGE, NOTTINGHAM, 25-29 August

England 477 & 129-7
Australia 218 & 387
England win by three wickets
Matthew Hoggard celebrates as England take control at Trent Bridge Fourth Test highlights


Geraint Jones (left) and Andrew Flintoff Man of the Match
Andrew Flintoff hit the game's only century - 102 off 132 balls in first innings.

Tale of the match: Another nerve-jangling climax as England get the jitters after dominating with a big first innings. The Aussies followed on for the first time in 191 Tests but set a victory target of 129. England lost seven wickets before Ashley Giles and Matthew Hoggard proved unlikely batting heroes.
Key moment: Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting lost his cool after being run out by a substitute fielder.
Stat: England's first win over Aussies at Trent Bridge since 1977.
Jonathan Agnew daily view: Day One | Day Two | Day Three | Day Four

Headline: 'Ricky Fined as Poms March on' (Brisbane Courier Mail)
England's odds to win 2005 series: 4/7 favourites.

PHOTO GALLERIES

England captain Michael Vaughan Day Four photos
England win in nailbiting run chase


WHAT THEY SAID

Simon Jones' column appears exclusively on the BBC Sport website Injured Simon Jones
"The lads are relaxing while I'm stuck in an oxygen chamber"

WHAT YOU SAID

TMS message boards "On your knees for Giles and Hoggard, our heroes!" - A


SERIES SCORE: ENGLAND 2-1 AUSTRALIA

FIFTH TEST: THE OVAL, LONDON, 8-12 September

England 373 & 335
Australia 367 & 4-0
Match drawn
Andrew Flintoff celebrates Ashes victory at The Oval Fifth Test highlights


Kevin Pietersen Man of the Match
Kevin Pietersen's maiden Test century came under the highest pressure

Tale of the match: Australia looked in control at 281-2 but then came the clouds and a devastating spell of bowling from Andrew Flintoff and Matthew Hoggard. England took an improbable six-run first innings lead and, after a nervy start on the final day, Kevin Pietersen calmed the jitters and ensured the party could start.
Key moment: Shane Warne dropping county colleague Pietersen on 15 in the second innings. He went on to make 158 to help secure the draw... and the Ashes.
Stat: The first time England have got their hands on that little urn since 1987.
Headline: 'They think it's all Oval - it is now!' (Daily Mirror)
PHOTO GALLERIES

Kevin Pietersen Day Five photos
Celebratory scenes as England win the Ashes


WHAT THEY SAID

Australia opener Justin Langer writes for BBC Sport on every day of the Ashes series Justin Langer column
"Frankly, we watched in awe as Flintoff charged in for the entire first session"

WHAT YOU SAID

TMS message boards "How symbolic that the removal of the bails officially decides the Ashes" - Dyn


SERIES SCORE: ENGLAND 2-1 AUSTRALIA

CELEBRATIONS, WOMEN'S ASHES AND WHAT COMES NEXT

Andrew Flintoff Feature: Flintoff at the Ashes celebrations


Kevin Pietersen Positivity the key to my success - Pietersen


Arran Brindle hit the winning runs Women's Ashes
England beat Australia by six wickets to win the Ashes for the first time since 1963

You, them and us
Your views, BBC reports and the parade participants

Michael Vaughan England expects
What Michael Vaughan's team must do to be the best

Ashes heroes Ashley Giles and Kevin Pietersen Cricket's turn in the sun
Ashes celebrations suggest cricket is back in the big time

Andrew Flintoff, Kevin Pietersen and Michael Vaughan celebrate Fans hail heroes
England's cricketers soak up a celebratory atmosphere in London

VOTE RESULTS
Is England's Ashes win your sweetest ever sporting moment?
Yes
44%
No
56%
90301 Votes Cast
Results are indicative and may not reflect public opinion

Vote now closed


THE WINNING WOMEN

FINAL ASHES EXTRAS
England heroes celebrate
Parade in pictures

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AUSTRALIAN VIEWS





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