Top 10 Ashes Moments of the Modern Era
As the 2017/18 Ashes series between Australia and England is upon us we look back at the Top 10 moments that have shaped the Ashes in the modern era. Great moments are etched into history and are never forgotten by fans and players.
Here’s our Top 10 Ashes Moments of the Modern Era:
10. Ashton Agar’s 98 on Debut – 2013
With the first innings in tatters at 9-117, teenager Ashton Agar arrived at the crease on debut in the Nottingham Ashes test. With Jimmy Anderson swinging the ball both ways and Graeme Swann turning them sideways at the other end, young Agar fought off the intimidating attack to score a memorable 98. A debut that will never be forgotten.
9. Warnie’s Stump Dance at Trent Bridge – 1997
Who could forget Shane Warne’s infamous stump dance on the change room balcony after the Aussies won the Ashes on foreign soil at Trent Bridge in 1997. Goes down as one of Warnie’s more embarrassing moments.
8. Harmie’s First Ball Wide – 2006
After a huge build up to the 2006/07 Ashes series in Australia all eyes turned to the 1st test at The GABBA where Steve Harmison delivered the most memorable first delivery in Ashes history – a wide ball that found its way to 2nd slip! This wide was only the start of a horrendous series for the English.
7. Amazing Adelaide – 2006
It was the Second test of the 2006/07 series and England had found themselves in a commanding position after Day Two. The Aussies fought back batting the majority of days 3 and 4 with the match destined to be a draw. England closed Day 4 at 1-59 leaving Australia needing to bowl England out cheaply. This looked unlikely until Shane Warne’s incredible spell of bowling (4-49) helped bowl England out for a lowly 129. The tourist lost 9-74 leaving the door open for Mike Hussey to win the match with an unbeaten 61 off 66 balls.
6. Gilly’s Blistering 100 at the WACA – 2006
Coming to the crease in the second innings at 5-365, Adam Gilchrist took the England bowling attack apart with the second fastest Test century in history (57 balls). This quick-fire ton helped the Aussies win the WACA test and take back the Urn from the 2005 series loss.
5. Warnie’s Hat-Trick at the MCG – 1994
It was the Fourth innings in the 1994 Boxing Day test at the MCG, England needing 388 for an unlikely win had crumbled to 6-91. Hometown hero Shane Warne came on for his 13th over and dismissed Phil Defreitas, Darren Gough and Devon Malcolm in successive balls to take an Ashes hat-trick. Going down as one of the most memorable Ashes and Boxing Day moments.
4. Steve Waugh’s 100 on the Last Ball at the SCG – 2003
Steve Waugh who was out of favour with the selection committee, strolled to the crease in the 2003 SCG test at 3-56 chasing 362 to win. Resuming after the final drinks break, Waugh was on 47 looking to bat the day out. However after a flurry of boundaries, the Aussie skipper found himself nearing another test century. Needing 5 from the last over of the day, Tugga managed to score a boundary off the last ball to clinch his century!
3. 5-0 Whitewash x2 – 2006/07 & 2013/14
Two separate Ashes series held in Australia (06/07 & 13/14) where the tourists were completely dominated by the Aussies. In 06/07 the home side completely out-batted and out-bowled the Old Enemy which was expected after the heartbreak in the 2005 series in England. The 13/14 series was dominated by Mitch Johnson and co tearing through the English batting order with ease.
2. Mitchell Johnson’s Destruction of England – 2013/14
Having been recalled into the Test side, Mitchell Johnson sporting a Handlebar Mo, went on to silence his critics and strike fear throughout the entire England side taking a total of 37 wickets for the series earning him Player of the Series honours. Including numerous devastating spells of fast, short and aggressive bowling Mitch steered the home side to another 5-0 whitewash Ashes victory.
1. Warnie’s Ball of the Century – 1993
What more needs to be said about “That Ball”. Enjoy the video..