2005 Ashes series Test-by-Test
The 2005 Ashes Test series was widely acclaimed as the greatest ever and will live long in the memory, especially for England fans after Michael Vaughan's men came from behind to clinch a 2-1 victory and reclaim the famous urn.
First Test, Lord’s: Australia won by 239 runs - Scorecard
England were under orders to get in the faces of Australia straight away and they made a dream start to the series.
The shell-shocked tourists were dismissed for only 190 - with back-to-form Steve Harmison taking five wickets.
Unfortunately, despite a half-century on debut for Kevin Pietersen, the home batting fluffed its lines and conceded a first-innings deficit of 35 runs.
Michael Clarke, Damien Martyn and Simon Katich ensured the tourists consolidated their advantage and three more wickets from Harmison could not prevent Australia posting 384.
Glenn McGrath then finished with a nine-wicket match haul, reaching 500 Test wickets in the process, and an unbeaten 64 from Pietersen was not enough to stop Australia claiming the early honours.
Second Test, Edgbaston: England won by two runs - Scorecard
A contest described in dispatches as the greatest in Ashes history.
The preface was perhaps the most telling moment of the whole series, McGrath’s untimely collision with a stray cricket ball during his warm-up robbed Australia of their peerless pace bowler - and for good measure, Ricky Ponting mis-read conditions by putting England in first on a good pitch.
Pietersen’s third consecutive Test half-century was one of a trio in an England first innings which was indebted to a 112-run opening stand between Marcus Trescothick and Andrew Strauss.
Australia’s concerns over the form of Matthew Hayden grew when he fell for a first-ball duck as they finished 99 runs in arrears on first innings.
Six second-innings wickets for Shane Warne hassled England out for 182 second time round, despite Andrew Flintoff’s 73, and the momentum headed back towards Australia.
Instead, Flintoff eked out four more wickets. Yet after Warne, Brett Lee and Michael Kasprowicz had added 104 between them for the ninth and 10th wickets, the Aussies needed only three more runs to sneak over the line - only for Harmison to have the number 11 gloving a leg-side delivery behind to Geraint Jones to give England a famously narrow win.
The sight of Flintoff consoling a dejected Lee became the image of the summer.
Third Test, Old Trafford: Drawn - Scorecard
Another epic. England captain Michael Vaughan produced a vintage innings of 166 to help his team to 444, after winning an important toss.
Warne - with his 600th wicket under his belt in the shape of Trescothick - produced a rearguard 90 with the bat but cannot stop the Aussies trailing by almost 150 runs following a six-wicket return from reverse-swing king Simon Jones.
Warne’s so-called ‘rabbit’ Strauss made a mockery of that tag with a second-innings hundred, helping England to declare on 280 for six.
But in front of a sell-out Monday crowd, a tour-de-force 156 from Aussie captain Ponting was just enough to help his team hang on for a draw - Lee and a fit-again McGrath holding on with one wicket standing.
Fourth Test, Trent Bridge: England won by three wickets - Scorecard
A tight win which put England in an enviable position heading into the decider.
Flintoff’s first-innings hundred - and an important stand with wicket-keeper Jones - helped to put 477 on the board.
Five more wickets from Jones saw England run through the Aussies for only 218 - and, in the unaccustomed position of following on, Ponting lost his cool after being run out by substitute fielder Gary Pratt.
His team nonetheless managed to set England a tricky 129 to win, and Lee and Warne made it as awkward as they could.
England lost seven wickets and nerves were frayed but Ashley Giles and Matthew Hoggard saw them over the winning line for a 2-1 series lead.
Fifth Test, The Brit Oval: Drawn - Scorecard
A rain-affected contest which hinted at the drama of its predecessors but in the end settled for delivering the glory of a home series victory.
England struggled to make the most of wonderful batting conditions after winning the toss and made 373, which included a timely hundred from Strauss.
Australia’s hopes of establishing a significant mid-match advantage were hindered by rain and bad light - and in the end, even after centuries for openers Justin Langer and a back-to-form Hayden, Flintoff’s second five-wicket Test haul gave England an unlikely if narrow first-innings lead.
England were in danger of a last-day collapse to open the door for Australia until Pietersen, dropped by Hampshire team-mate Warne at slip early on, mades a match-saving and series-clinching maiden hundred.