How the 2006/07 Ashes were won and lost

The 2006/07 Ashes was one of the most hyped in history, with Australia eager to avenge their defeat in England on 2005. looks back at how the series unfolded:

First Test, Brisbane - Australia won by 277 runs

Ricky Ponting

Ricky Ponting drives regally as Australia take assume control

England's bid to retain the Ashes began to go wrong from the moment Andrew Flintoff lost the toss at the Gabba and saw his side condemned to two days in the field. Steve Harmison sent the first delivery of the series to Flintoff at second slip. Australia captain Ricky Ponting started to make amends for his 2005 humiliation by flaying the tourists' attack for a brilliant 196 as his side piled up 602 for nine declared. Some second-innings defiance from Paul Collingwood and Kevin Pietersen at least took the match to a fifth day after Ponting surprisingly opted not to enforce the follow-on, but the result was rarely in doubt thereafter as Australia confirmed their dominance.

Second Test, Adelaide - Australia won by six wickets

Adam Gilchrist & Paul Collingwood

Paul Collingwood cuts for four in his splendid double century

Flintoff's side held the upper hand for most of the first four days at the Adelaide Oval but crumbled on the final morning as Australia pulled of a remarkable victory. A double century from Collingwood and a majestic Pietersen hundred helped England declare on a commanding 551 for six. At 65 for three in their reply, Australia were struggling, but Ashley Giles dropped Ponting on 35 and the skipper went on to make another century to lift his side to within 38 of England’s total. Michael Clarke also reached three figures before Shane Warne's magnificent return of 4-49 hastened England to 129 all out and Mike Hussey led Australia home with 19 balls to spare.

Third Test, Perth - Australia won by 206 runs

Adam Gilchrist

Adam Gilchrist enjoys hitting the second fastest Test ton

Inspired by Monty Panesar - recalled to the side at the expense of Ashley Giles - England enjoyed their best day of the series. Panesar took 5-92 and Steve Harmison returned to form with four wickets as Australia were bundled out for 244. However, the hosts roared back to claim a first-innings lead of 29. They then compounded England's misery by rattling up 527 for five declared thanks to centuries from Adam Gilchrist - the second fastest in Test history - Mike Hussey and Michael Clarke. Alastair Cook, who hit a maiden Ashes ton, and Ian Bell spearheaded a second-innings revival but Australia finished England off two balls after lunch on day five.

Fourth Test, Melbourne - Australia won by an innings and 99 runs

Shane Warne

Shane Warne becomes the first player to 700 Test wickets

England, with little to play for but pride after the Ashes had been regained by Australia in Perth, were comprehensively outplayed at the MCG, beaten inside three days. The tourists were bowled out for 159, but their hopes of victory - aroused when Australia slipped to 84 for five - evaporated as Matthew Hayden and Andrew Symonds passed 150, putting on 279 for the sixth wicket to change the complexion of the game. England were dismissed for 161 second time around, but the result was almost overshadowed by Shane Warne taking his 700th Test wicket on his home ground.

Fifth Test, Sydney - Australia won by 10 wickets


Australia celebrate victory in Sydney and a 5-0 series win

England were well placed at the end of the first day on 234 for four. However, a lower-order collapse saw them dismissed for 291 despite Flintoff’s 89, his highest score of the series. They bounced back by weedling out four Australia batsmen before the end of play at a cost of 188. Early wickets were required on the third day but they were not forthcoming as Shane Warne blazed 71 and Adam Gilchrist 62 to open up a 102-run lead. England slipped to 114 for five by the close of day three, and, after being hustled out on the fourth morning, Justin Langer and Matthew Hayden made short work of a victory target of 46 to wrap up matters before lunch.

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