10 Ashes Moments You Must See Before You Die

Freddie Wilde@@fwildecricketContributor IJuly 17, 2013

10 Ashes Moments You Must See Before You Die

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    The Ashes is one of the oldest battles in cricket and, over the years, has given us memories to survive the ages. Ahead of the Second Investec Ashes Test Match starting at Lord's tomorrow, Bleacher Report has delved into YouTube's archive to uncover 10 Ashes Moments You Must See Before You Die. 

    Do you agree with our choices? Have we made some jaw-dropping omissions? Leave your comments below and get involved! 

Kevin Pietersen's 158 in 2005

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    Given the position of the match and the series,  the drama that had surrounded the Ashes that year, as well as the man himself and the opposition, there is an argument to be made that Kevin Pietersen's 158 at The Oval in 2005 was the innings of the decade. 

    It was far from flawless—he was dropped twice—and had more than his fair share of luck, but at the same time he played an innings of unparalleled bravery and arrogance. The hook shots for six off Brett Lee will live long in the memory. This was the crescendo of one of the greatest modern-day sporting battles of our generation. If you disagree that this shouldn't be in this slideshow, you are wrong. 

Headingley 1981

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    This is one of the most famous cricket matches in history. Headingley 1981. 

    Unfortunately there isn't a video on YouTube with all the match highlights, so instead we've chosen the one that includes the winning moment. But there are these little snippets that can help complete the story...

    Ian Bothan 6-95

    Ian Botham 149 not out

    Post-match interviews


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    The Bodyline series of 1936/37 will forever be remembered as one of the most controversial and historic series in cricket history. 

    England, captained by Douglas Jardine, adopted "bodyline" tactics involving bowling consistently short at Australian batsmen, with aggressive leg side fields. The hostility of the cricket brought together the sport and politics, with national relations between England and Australia rarely being strained further.

Bradman and Ponsford Slay England

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    With the Ashes poised at 1-1, the greatest cricketer of all time, Sir Donald Bradman, put to an end hopes of an England victory with one of the most amazing partnerships ever.

Lillee and Thomson

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    "Ashes to Ashes, dust to dust, if Lillee don't get ya, Thommo must." That was a newspaper headline in Australia while Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson were at their peak. 

    Fast, furious and aggressive, their short bowling and intimidation caused great controversy, but there is no doubt that they will be remembered as one of cricket's great partnerships. 

The Ball of the Century

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    Shane Warne. Blond bombshell. His first ball of his Ashes career. And this happens...

    This delivery has forever been known as "The Ball of the Century." Better balls may well have been bowled, but this has been enshrined in cricketing folklore and will probably never lose its title. 

Raw Emotion at the SCG

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    Steve Waugh was the captain of what many believe is Australia's and perhaps cricket's greatest ever cricket team. The Australian team of the late 90's and early 2000's had star names all the way down the team sheet, and under Waugh's leadership they broke all manner of records. 

    Waugh was a national hero, and no moment encapsulated the adoration of the public for him than this, a last-ball four to bring up his century in front of a full house at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Butcher's Moment in the Sun

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    When Australia were extraordinarily good in the early noughties, England were often beaten heavily.

    However, this century from Mark Butcher at Headingley in 2001 was one of very few memorable English Ashes moments in this period.

The Greatest over

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    While Warne's delivery is known as the ball of the century, this over is at least over of the decade. Like Pietersen's 158 in the same series, this over was so special because of the circumstance of the match and the series. Cometh the hour, cometh the man—Andrew Flintoff.

The Series Full of Moments

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    It's hard to pick an individual moment from this series. The 2010/11 series was the first time England beat Australia in Australia in 24 years, at every twist and turn another England player would produce a great moment, thus we've chosen this wonderful montage of memories to end this slideshow. 

    If you think we've missed any obvious Ashes moments, let us know in the comments below!