Ashes 2010 2011

Ashes Series 2010/11 Review

England arrived in Australia in November of 2010 for their five Test match Ashes series with memories of their 2009 victory still fresh. They were desperate to hold on to the urn but the last time they went 'Down Under' they were thrashed 5-0 in 2006/07 and a note of caution was sounded, particularly as England hadn't won an Ashes series in Australia since 1986/87.

The bookmakers were struggling to separate the two teams ahead of the series and ante-post betting interest was reaching fever pitch levels. The two teams couldn't be separated in the odds for the first match but on the pitch was a different story....

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First Test - Brisbane

November 25-29, 2010. Match Drawn.

England got off to the worst possible start in Brisbane as they lost captain Andrew Strauss to the third ball of the day before recovering to reach 197 for 4. However, Peter Siddle took a hat-trick, the first in an Ashes Test since Darren Gough in 1997, to reduce England to 197 for 7 and the tourists were eventually dismissed for 260 in their first innings.

In response, Australia were dominant in scoring 481 thanks to a sublime 195 from Michael Hussey and Australia were odds on for victory. However, England fought back superbly as Alastair Cook made 235 not out in their second innings of 517 for 1 declared. England then put Australia into bat in an attempt to inflict a couple of psychological blows but the hosts stood strong to reach 107 for 1 and things were all square heading into the second Test.

Second Test - Adelaide

December 3-7, 2010. England won by an innings and 71 runs.

England took the momentum they gathered in the second part of the Brisbane Test on to Adelaide as they dominated from start to finish. They reduced the tourists to 2 for 3 after winning the toss and only Michael Hussey's 93 saved Australia as they made 245. England immediately showed that it was a below par score as they made 620 for 5 declared following a brilliant double-hundred from Kevin Pietersen. The Australians were then skittled for 304 to hand England an innings and 71-run victory,  although if the hosts had held out for a little longer  they might have been saved by rain that arrived less than an hour after the close!

Third Test - Perth

December 16-20, 2010. Australia won by 267 runs.

England were brought crashing back down to earth at the WACA in Perth as Mitchell Johnson came to the fore. The much-maligned Johnson scored a quick-fire 62 to help Australia to 268 all-out before he found plenty of bounce with the ball to take 6 for 38 and skittle England for 187. Mike Hussey was then the star with the bat again as he made 116 to take Australia to 309 and England collapsed in reply as they were bowled out for 123 to lose by 267 runs inside four days.

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Fourth Test - Melbourne

December 26-30. England won by an innings and 157 runs.

The bookmakers were struggling to choose between the teams heading into the Boxing Day Test at Melbourne but it was England who quickly established themselves as favourites. Chris Tremlett destroyed the Australian top order to dismiss them for 98 in their first innings before Jonathan Trott's sublime 168 carried England to a mammoth 513. The Australians were then bowled out for 258 second time around as England recorded an innings and 157 run win to take a 2-1 series lead and ensure that the urn would definitely be returning to English shores.

Fifth Test - Sydney

January 3-7. England won by an innings and 83 runs.

The best result Australia could hope for now was a draw in the series but England weren't about to let up. James Anderson took 4 for 66 to bowl Australia out for 280 before Alastair Cook continued his run-making heroics with 189 in England's first innings total of 644. Anderson then took 3 for 61 as Australia were all out for 281 in their second dig and England secured yet another innings victory to seal an historic 3-1 series win.