Ashes 2005 - 3rd Test, Old Trafford
England (444 and 280 for six declared) drew with Australia (302 and 371 for nine)
With just four days between Tests, there was little time for England and Australia to recover from the drama of Edgbaston before hostilities resumed in Manchester.
Yet the teams showed little lethargy as they roused themselves to produce another classic that left no-one in any doubt, despite the draw, that Michael Vaughan's England had the substance to back up their Ashes ambition.
England had seized the initiative and Australia spent most of the build-up sweating over the fitness of two of their key bowlers.
Glenn McGrath was still struggling with the freak ankle injury he suffered warming up at Edgbaston, while Brett Lee had been in hospital ill.
They gave the tourists a huge lift by both declaring themselves fit, but England retained the upper hand as captain Michael Vaughan made a welcome return to form.
In the first two Tests, Vaughan had been a shadow of the batsman that cracked three centuries in the 2002-03 Ashes but he blew all concerns away with a magnificent 166 on day one at Old Trafford.
Despite being dropped twice and bowled off a no-ball, he looked back to his best as he hit the first century of the series by either team after putting on 137 with Marcus Trescothick, who made 63.
By the close England were a healthy 341 for five with Australia having spilled five catches. Shane Warne at least rose above the mediocrity by removing Trescothick to become the first man to reach 600 Test wickets.
Healthy contributions from Andrew Flintoff and Geraint Jones then helped England to 444, while Warne and Lee both finished with four wickets.
Australia began their reply solidly but Ashley Giles removed three of the top four, including Damien Martyn with a vicious turner.
Simon Jones picked up middle- and lower-order wickets at regular intervals to put England firmly in control, although they were frustrated by a battling Warne 90 and two missed stumpings by Geraint Jones.
Warne had looked on course for what would have been his maiden Test century but was well caught by Giles at deep square-leg.
England claimed a first-innings lead of 142 and extended their advantage as Andrew Strauss, with one ear bloodied from a Lee bouncer, struck a superb 106 and Ian Bell registered his second half-century of the match.
England declared on 280 for six to set Australia an unlikely 423 to win, but the match was far from over as skipper Ricky Ponting responded to the challenge magnificently.
With queues snaking down the road and thousands locked out of the ground on the final day, Ponting hit one of his finest centuries to prevent Vaughan's men taking a series lead.
Ponting might even have entertained thoughts of winning the match until falling to Steve Harmison for 156 after a monumental innings spanning almost seven hours.
His dismissal gave England a sniff and he left the field with the demeanour of a beaten man, but last-wicket pair Lee and McGrath somehow managed to cling on to secure a draw which was celebrated like a victory in the Australia dressing room.