The story of the greatest Ashes series of all time - England vs Australia 2005

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This is the story of the greatest Ashes series of all time - the 2005 Ashes in England which were eventually won by England 2-1, the first time since 1987 that England had won the Ashes.
In March, Australia's captain, Ricky Ponting, said that this Ashes series would be the closest since Australia's dominance began in 1989. Since 1989, when Australia started their winning Ashes streak, England had only come within one match of the title once, in 1997: Australia were the pre-eminent side in the world, whilst England had dropped from being the top-rated in 1981 to sixth for much of the Nineties. They reached a low point in 1999 with a series loss to New Zealand leaving them bottom of the unofficial Wisden Cricketers' Almanack rankings. However, since the previous series in 2002--03, England had improved on their fifth place in the official rankings, and were second before this series. Australia were still top-ranked, but England had won 14 and drawn three of their 18 previous Test matches since March 2004, and had won six successive series. Nonetheless, before the First Test some Australians, including fast bowler Glenn McGrath, were suggesting that a 5--0 win in the series for Australia was a serious possibility.
The BBC reported on the day after the series that it was "hailed as the most thrilling series ever". Individual matches were very closely fought, with one match decided by a two-run margin, one match drawn with only one wicket remaining, and one match won by three wickets. The outcome of the contest was not decided until the very last day of the series.
Australia won the first Test comfortably, but the Second Test saw England level the series with a two-run victory, the narrowest win in Ashes history. The third Test ended in a draw (with England one wicket away from a win), and England won the fourth Test in Nottingham (Trent Bridge) by three wickets, losing seven men in a chase of 129, after England enforced the follow on after gaining a lead of 259 on first innings.
The fifth and final Test started on 8 September at the Oval in London. It entered its final day with England batting in their second innings, 40 runs ahead with nine wickets in hand. Australia needed a win to force a 2--2 series draw and retain the Ashes; any other result would give the Ashes to England and end 16 years and eight series of Australian dominance. After a day of fluctuating fortunes, England established a lead of 341 after Kevin Pietersen's maiden century, and Australia batted for one over before the teams went off for bad light, the stumps were pulled out of the ground, and the match was declared a draw to ensure the return of the Ashes to England.

rohit marwah
rohit marwah 2 ਘੰਟੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
That is y, test is always best.
Lourens Vd berg
Lourens Vd berg 3 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Eng is better without kp troublemaker
Shiva Amirishetti
Shiva Amirishetti 3 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
God helped British with weather
Michal Stawicki
Michal Stawicki 5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
02:30 - can't imagine the social media meltdown that would happen in response to this sort of comment nowadays. Goes to show much the world has changed in such a short time
Punit Satpute
Punit Satpute 8 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Lets play Ashes with 4 teams....Eng Aus Ind NZ...lets see who wins it.
Sami Khan
Sami Khan 10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Flintoff was not the world best all rounder 😏 Just because of that one 73 and 1 over 3 wkts he becomes world best all rounder 🤣😂 World best ever all rounder Abdul Razak with out a doubt
Siddharth Aggarwal
Siddharth Aggarwal 8 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Jaques kallis also
Shashwat Tripathi
Shashwat Tripathi 14 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Shane Warne. Glenn McGrath. Goddammit, only the names are enough!! No one even came close!
Agnishwar Raychaudhuri
Agnishwar Raychaudhuri 14 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Vibes from cricket 07 ashes mode
Madhan Kumar
Madhan Kumar 15 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
I dont know why much importance was given to this. According to me 1989 was one of the best.
ncfclee 8 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Because 2005 was the best Ashes series of all time. Edgbaston, Old Trafford and Trent Bridge were three of the all time great Test matches. Then at the end, England won the urn for the first time in 18 years.
VyoamX 17 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
41:36 Watching jinxes it :D
peter barlow
peter barlow 17 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Regardless of the sport always good to see the arrogant Australians lose
dannyzee4 17 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
That virus intro in 2021 tho....
Bob S
Bob S 18 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Great to relive this, but why do these programme makers think we care what pointless "celebrities" have to say about it?
truthoutmedia 18 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Always puzzled me also.
steve brindle
steve brindle 21 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Shane had it wrong, many Englishmen like me, love Shane and the skill and spirit that he brings to this great game! Quite simply the best leggie ever! The only spin bowler England produced anywhere near Shane was, in my opinion, the unconventional left-arm spinner Derek Underwood who on the right pitch was unplayable and lived up to his nickname "Deadly"
steve brindle
steve brindle 21 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Hey Mr Fry, shut the fuck up with your silly, "I refuse to watch" nonsense. How old are you?
tdurbo 21 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Haha virus! Quality first 30 seconds 😂😂😂 I did a double-take and looked if it really was a 9 year old video!!
anirudh madabhushi
anirudh madabhushi 22 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Kris Kay
Kris Kay 22 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
we need a vaccine so we can have the next ashes
dan hemmerling
dan hemmerling 23 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Thank you I never saw this ashes series. I know the aftermath but the fight I didn't see. Freddie is still going strong on television. He's really awesome as a person! No plastic surgery huh Warney??
Krishna Dutta Pachauri
Krishna Dutta Pachauri 25 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Thanks for this documentary. It is one of my unforgettable cricket contests.
Rahul Dubey
Rahul Dubey 26 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
The intro fits today’s environment
Syed Umaid
Syed Umaid 27 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Though not from England nor from Australia, but for some reason, I watched this series with equal intent as any pom or ausie would. This series made me fall in love with Test cricket. It was a true exhibition of what Test cricket is all about.
noice boi
noice boi 29 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
True cricket fans will always enjoy THE ASHES .....
Udayraj Joshi
Udayraj Joshi ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
An epic...
Mrinmoy Sarma
Mrinmoy Sarma ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
That silence of Richi Benno
Murtuza Bhabhrawala
Murtuza Bhabhrawala ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
The opening lines described 2020 perfectly
Adnan Asif
Adnan Asif ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Copy paster
Gokul V
Gokul V ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
The opening of this documentary really rings home now in 2020 and 2021!!
MrJohnpilchard ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
23:32 is unreal
shramo ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
240p. jeez. What is this? 2005?
Harsh Kashyap
Harsh Kashyap ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
MiD.Life. Crisis
MiD.Life. Crisis ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
The series, in a little more depth - It may take you a day to watch! (for Chris. I'm surprised you didn't find it, I found it in the suggested videos on this one. Anyway mate, enjoy!).
Sahil Jain
Sahil Jain ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Hello sir. In my view, 2005 Ashes was one of the best test series ever. Could you please provide me the "complete" footage of the series? Just want to relive those moments again.. A humble request.
Amir Fraz
Amir Fraz ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Flintoff, Peterson and warne were d stars of d series.
Dumb Neanderthal
Dumb Neanderthal ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Whats the background music ? Liked it a lot
Dumb Neanderthal
Dumb Neanderthal ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Thanks .. What about the short music used repeatedly with shots from the game?
Cystic Candy
Cystic Candy ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
In the starting , it was mambo no. 5
Nilesh Bhoir
Nilesh Bhoir ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
highly contagious virus arriving from abroad 😂😂😂😂
truthoutmedia ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
*INDIAN FANS* Please read video description: "Greatest *ASHES* series of all time" Not GREATEST SERIES. Any comments regarding the 2021 Aus vs India test will be removed
Sanz Calibre
Sanz Calibre ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
At that time umpire is the GOD, u can't challenge 😎
Lolwa Al-Thani
Lolwa Al-Thani ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Watching in 2021
bharani dharan
bharani dharan ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
In the last 2 decades ...Ashes 2005 and indvsaus border Gavaskar trophy 2020-2021 one of the best test series ever..
Harish Ganesan
Harish Ganesan ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Is this the series that featured in cricket 07 !? I hear the same narrator.
truthoutmedia ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
It is
Bhargava ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
2021. England is affected by a highly contagious disease. But this time, its real.
More Chilli
More Chilli ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Was and will forever be the greatest test series ever played. Even tho we lost....
Shubhankar Debnath
Shubhankar Debnath ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Kevin Pietersen's hairstyle though.
ッVxotic ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Harish A Raju
Harish A Raju ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
an HD version of this?
Harish A Raju
Harish A Raju ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Thanks for the upload though
Harish A Raju
Harish A Raju ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
truthoutmedia ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
@harish unfortunately not. It was one of the last series played out on terrestrial tv (non digital) Thanks for watching
Amal Sharath
Amal Sharath ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Great documentary especially the commentary from Fry ..The current India Australia series right now deserves a doc like this
ShemRules ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
“New boy Kevin Pietersen” “New guy Michael Clarke”
Sud Vlog
Sud Vlog ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
One day is called one day match because it ends in one day. t 20 is called so because it ends in 20 over per inning. But why test is called test match and not 5 day match ? Answer : Because it TEST your character 👍
Sud Vlog
Sud Vlog ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Flintoff was the difference between two teams
Ashutosh Singh
Ashutosh Singh ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
On top off🤣🤣
VINOD YADAV ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Ranjith KANATHIL ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
The end of..... Australian golden time's 🙏🙏🙏
Karan Soni
Karan Soni ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
,,m M
shasank niroula
shasank niroula ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
highly contagious virus 2005..maybe swine flu.
Azaan is good boy
Azaan is good boy ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Absolutely loved it. Very nice presentation as well.
prashant dongare
prashant dongare ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Brickshu ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Beautiful Vid. Thanks.
Frank B
Frank B ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
And let us not forget a man named David Hill who taught the World how to cover the sport of cricket on television back in the mid 1970's. One of the great features to come out of World Series Cricket...David went on the teach the Yanks how to cover MLB baseball.
dheeraj garg
dheeraj garg ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
18 overs in a row, wauw.
Rakesh Kumar
Rakesh Kumar ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Test cricket at its best !! Love this series
Jackie cranston
Jackie cranston ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Manuel Morris
Manuel Morris ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
The uncovered waterfall expectably face because weeder admittedly tempt apud a five seal. learned, calm snowstorm
RAHUL MITTAL ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
He is so good.. so so good. Glenn McGrath is so so good.
Gainer M
Gainer M ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
SHANE WARNE............ Remember the name .
Essa Rahoojo
Essa Rahoojo ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
It was one of the finest ever closest contest of cricket history. I never saw such a high tensed and quality cricket ever
Arihant Jain
Arihant Jain ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
cricket 07 ashes scenarios
bruhnaus ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
if there was DRS back then would England have won..??
VIPUL GHATE ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Ashes 2005 team Andrew Strauss Marcus Trescothick Ricky Ponting Michael Vaughan Kevin Pieterson Freddie Flintoff Adam gilchrist (wk) Shane Warne Mathew Hoggard Simon Jones Glenn McGrath I still want Ponting as a captain
Pallav Sarkar
Pallav Sarkar 2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
I thought the reporter in the thumbnail is Gordon Ramsay.
Manas Prabhu
Manas Prabhu 2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
The speaker is reading a script which was written in 2020
VIPUL GHATE 2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
39:20 "If you find for me the better bowl then that to play then you are my friend for life" - Richie Benaud
John Snow
John Snow 2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Talk about the commentators curse - listening the intro in 2020!
Nilesh Bhoir
Nilesh Bhoir 2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
I can watch this anytime anywhere 🔥🔥🔥
Dennis Howard
Dennis Howard 2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Billy Bowden giving Kasprowicz out was simply appalling. He was given out because he is a number eleven and it is just not cricket for a bowler to hang in there, against all odds, and maybe, score the winning runs. It would have been one of the best last man stands ever, but Bowden intervened. True, the better team would have lost, but, that is cricket at times. Like winning the toss. And that Shane Warne did not get the captaincy was one of the great displays of jealousy and snobbery in Australian cricket administration.
Viola Oliver
Viola Oliver 2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Que Dios nos perdone.
abc123def 2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
1.03.09: Ponting did not win the toss.
Anand Murumkar
Anand Murumkar 2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Jones just came out of prison 😂😂😂
Tausif Farhan
Tausif Farhan 2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
virus... i'm sorry??
madhu babu
madhu babu 2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Australian talking about spirit of game that's hell of a joke
Nitin Singh
Nitin Singh 2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
gill new KP this series hopefully :)
Nio Han
Nio Han 2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Not sure if the introduction is still applicable to 2020
David Wilkinson
David Wilkinson 2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Trent Bridge - The fans turn up to see Ricky Ponting win the toss and electing to bat, 2 seconds rolls on, England 24/0 Strauss hitting a boundary 😂
life rox
life rox 2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Sabrina Ramirez
Sabrina Ramirez 2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Test Cricket was at its peak and died after this series once Sky took over the Ashes
Alison Of The Shire
Alison Of The Shire 24 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
I agree. I hate Sky's coverage!
Greak Greac
Greak Greac 2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Oh my game 😂😄😄
Joy 2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
They beat touring team at their own home ground, so if it's showing as big glorious achievement than that shows how much of a better team Australia was.
Imran Sheikh
Imran Sheikh 2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Funny how an English bowler has 1 good test match or one good over and he is classified as an All Time great...
truthoutmedia 2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Pial Zaman
Pial Zaman 2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
This was the Most Dangerous series of all-time... & best series ever in cricket history...
Mr. തക്കുടു
Mr. തക്കുടു 2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
EA sports Cricket 2007
Think Free with UT😉
Think Free with UT😉 2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
So many people have said it but this bought new life to the series
Rahul Desai
Rahul Desai 2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
how did mark nicholas film a documentary about the 2005 ashes in the 1970s?
Jagdeep Singh Uppal
Jagdeep Singh Uppal 2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
The starting narration has a completely different meaning if you are watching this video in 2020.
Zain Bin Saeed
Zain Bin Saeed 2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Watching it for 6th Time and man O man what a Series that was !!! Just Phenomenal !
JB Explores
JB Explores 2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
Rain literally won the ashes for England
Network Masters
Network Masters 2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
I tend to differ here with ending comments. Greatest Series of all time was India Vs Australia 2001
Big Dogo
Big Dogo 2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
The useless nose suddenly dust because alloy dfly notice lest a adaptable bird. used, untidy bill
Kanishk Varma
Kanishk Varma 2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
As an Indian cricket fan, I'm afraid even I develop Ashes fever. One of the best test series of all time.
Tony Gozina
Tony Gozina 2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
A Brilliant series this was!
Jamie C
Jamie C 2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
47:04 Michael Vaughan so good he even plays left-handed!
आर्यावर्त Aryawarta ABHISHEK
आर्यावर्त Aryawarta ABHISHEK 2 ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
What a documentary "bravo "
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