The Ashes are fiercely contested by two fatty nations who breathe the air of cricket day-in, day-out. England and Australia have been playing this sport longer than everyone else among all the nations. The term 'Ashes' came out of an obituary mocking the England cricket team after losing at the match in 1882 at The Oval in Australia. It was appreciably stated that English cricket had died, and that 'the body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia'.
10. Australia Bowled Out For 60 At Nottingham, 2015
Australia appeared as favourites to win the Ashes on English soil for the first time in 2001. The Ashes still in the balance, Stuart Broad ripped through the Australians to take eight wickets by giving 15 runs at the start of the morning of the Trent Bridge test when Australia was all-out for 60.
9. Dominant England Crush Australia “Down Under”, 2010/11
A rivalry England cricket team in their prime took on an Australian team in transformation and won the series bravely by 3-1. All 3 of England’s victories were by an innings, as their heading batsmen (Cook, Strauss, Trott, Pietersen) all had the series of their lives.
8. Revenge 2006/7
A handful agreed with Glen McGrath’s 5-0 accurate prediction as Australia plotted revenge for the series of 2005 defeats when England toured "down under" just after 18 months. The die was prepared when Steve Harmison throughway his first ball straight to the second slip, and McGrath's 5-0 prediction proved accurate.
7. Freddie Inspires England In “The Greatest Series”, 2005
After 16 great years of Aussie domination, Michael Vaughan's England cricket team was determined to regain the Ashes against a still formidable Australia team. England talisman Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff consoled the Australian batter in a minute of pure sportsmanship. England edged the nail-biting series 2-1.
6. The Ball Of The Century, 1993
Shane Warne announced himself to the Ashes in such dramatic fashion in the First Test match in 1993 at Old Trafford. Former captain of England cricket team, Mike Gatting, and acknowledged spin bowler had faced the first ball Warne bowled.
5. Botham’s Ashes, 1981
In the summer of 1981, England all-rounder Ian Botham became a national pariah to a national hero over five glorious days in Leeds. But freed from the pressures of captainship, an inspired Botham performed with his old bravado, leading a thrilling counter-attack and scoring 149 runs.
4. Boycott’s Century Of Centuries, 1977
In 1977, an Australian cricket team was divided during the Kerry Packer World Series Cricket crisis. In the end, England grabbed the victory of the series decisively, with Geoff Boycott announcing his return with his 100th century at his home ground at Headingley, Leeds, as England sealed the Ashes by a comfortable 3-0.
3. Man Of Steele Defies The Speed Demons, 1975
David Steele proved himself as one of England's most unlikely sporting heroes in 1975. Steele threw the crickets, the fastest ever pace bowling attack for the rest of the series, with all the remaining matches drawn. Australia retained the Ashes trophy, but David Steele was made BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
2. Laker Takes 19 Wickets, 1956
In the Ashes series of 1956, everything was balanced when both the teams arrived at Manchester for the fourth Test match. England's off-spinner Jim Laker excessively exploited the spin-friendly situations in Manchester to perfection to take 19 wickets of the total 20 Australian wickets to fall as England won the match and with it the Ashes.
1. The Bodyline Series, 1932-33
The outrageous Bodyline tactic (literally bowling at the batsman's body) was the goal of the England cricket team's captain, Douglas Jardine. Douglas's ruthless plan is to nullify all the batters ever to play the game. It proved merely successful that England won the most controversial Ashes series ever played 4-1, but they gave serious injuries to several Australian players.