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

  • truthoutmedia

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  • Nico Geldenhuys
    Nico Geldenhuys

    1:41:16 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Richard Cooke. Best recording of "Jerusalem" I've ever heard.

  • Christopher Phillips
    Christopher Phillips

    Ironic... watching this 1 year into Covid "Summer 2005, England. In the grip of a highly contagious virus. It's arrived from abroad, and millions get the bug"

  • MrSteviedan

    No matter how many times I see it, Warne's dismissal at 41:24 concerns me... I mean, why does he flip his back leg out to hit leg stump? It's very 'odd'...

    • truthoutmedia

      I have often watched sporting moments and thought mmm not quite right..

    • truthoutmedia

      Care to explain more?

  • Sadman Plays
    Sadman Plays

    Watching this in 2021 and hearing them say 'a highly contagious virus from abroad', can't help but roll my eyes 🙄

  • John Holmes
    John Holmes

    botham's ashes were better

  • Graeme Martin
    Graeme Martin

    Brilliant series, spoilt in the first few minutes by interviewing that talentless ginger twat Evans, Shame on you

  • Drew Goddard
    Drew Goddard

    The year I fell in love with cricket. Superb. Thanks for posting this. 😉

  • Sea BelowMe
    Sea BelowMe

    I hated Peterson from thie first day, I thought he was a cocky prick. Hearing him talk though has changed my mind after all these years, he seems alright, not the monster I thought him to be.

  • Gurvinder Singh
    Gurvinder Singh

    Truly one of the greatest Ashes .

  • Captain Obvious
    Captain Obvious

    1:15:50 For some reason this Ian Smith's narration always cracks me up

  • Si Hammer
    Si Hammer

    What a great series that was, I'd not seen cricket being so popular, people who weren't interested before were now lapping it up. What was unfortunate, though, was the fact that Channel 4's terrestrial TV coverage ended after these Ashes, Sky Sports (satellite) took over England tests + although they do it well, it's not like when it's on 'free telly' + the buzz the Ashes win brought, all the feel good factor, was to a large extent lost. I've not seen much of any series since, it would take something special to surpass what we saw back in 2005....... It was bloody ripper!!!!!!

  • Raghavan Venugopal
    Raghavan Venugopal

    Shane Warne would make an amazing coach. Hit like if you agree

  • Si-Va- m
    Si-Va- m

    Just understand this. Every top team are dominant at their own backyard. But this is Ashes where backyards don't matter. It is equal whether you play in ENGLAND OR in AUSTRALIA. Still beating Australia in England by England as a greatest victory shows the dominance of Australia in 00's era. They were the West indies team of Late 70s & Early 80s.

  • Anand Saurabh
    Anand Saurabh

    ECB should thank KEVIN PIETERSEN and ANDREW FLINTOFF for their tremendous contribution in the win. Pietersen's fearless batting and freddy's all round performance helped England do the impossible!

  • GG B
    GG B

    Exxageration personified !!!!!

  • ankit pandya
    ankit pandya

    Cricket is cruel game after winning this historic test series they suffer ignominy of white wash in next ashes. Test match is pinnacle of cricket.

  • BringMe Knitting
    BringMe Knitting

    Worst decision in the history of English cricket, taking it off regular telly just when it was suddenly popular again and putting it in the hands of Sky. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot.

  • Prat1982nwg Chachad
    Prat1982nwg Chachad

    Still cant fathom the fact that Eng could not win Ashes from 1988 to 2005😳

    • Prat1982nwg Chachad
      Prat1982nwg Chachad

      @truthoutmedia England were soooo poor that time that they could not win a series at home😳pathetic n kudos to Kangaroos..much better team than current lot of cheats

    • truthoutmedia

      Because Australia were better than England in that time?

  • Stealph

    One of the greatest series indeed! I was in boarding school and the only cricket match we were allowed to watch was when India played. I spent an entire childhood never witnessing a single match-winning cricket against Australia. This negative nostalgia has been like PTSD to me, I still get very worried when we go against Aussies and find it miraculous when we win

  • Sarthak Agarwal
    Sarthak Agarwal

    The narrative is so heavily biased towards England. Unbelievable. P.S. KP is a gem

    • Sarthak Agarwal
      Sarthak Agarwal

      @truthoutmedia I don't believe that's a fair rebuttal. A documentary doesn't necessarily has to be biased towards any team. To each their own, I suppose.

    • truthoutmedia

      It's an English doc. I doubt you will see an Indian doc bias towards Pakistan if India played Pakistan.

  • Harry Randhawa
    Harry Randhawa

    “Just come out of the prison”.. 😂🥴 But what a series that was. That aggression, that enthusiasm, that craze. “Just come out of the prison”.. 😂🥴 But what a series that was. That aggression, that enthusiasm, that craze. EDIT : McGrath’s injury costs Australia that Ashes series. 01:29:16 - 01:29:50 the best moment. Lol.

  • A P
    A P

    I was 10 years old back then, rather confused with the rules of test cricket, when I grow older fall in love with cricket then look back at the series.. it was poetry in motion served as thriller. Absolutely epic series. 👌

  • Aparark Pandey
    Aparark Pandey

    @10:30 you can feel that chill just rushing down your spine with that introduction.

  • Yashwardhan Singh
    Yashwardhan Singh

    *boy oh boy that BGM score in the background*

  • Shailendra Pandey
    Shailendra Pandey

    i like Flintoff

  • Matt Jolley
    Matt Jolley

    Shame about the totally inappropriate music

  • Mohsin Butt
    Mohsin Butt

    Lolol lllllllllllllll)😆

  • Gokul Padmalochan
    Gokul Padmalochan

    Boy this series always inspires me and pumps me up when the chips are down. Always when I look at this series I get inspired a lot. God bless these cricketers 🙏🙏

  • stampedingviking

    Whilst this was a great series, I still personally prefer the '81 series of Botham et al

  • Mark Jones
    Mark Jones

    The Ashes is a poisonous chalice in the progress of the game . For years these two white nation England and Austraia treated test cricket like their personal toy tell who must out to play. For ten years England kept back the game in Zimbabwe . South Africa should be praised for allowing Zimbabe to play in their first class four - day England had never allowed neighbouring Netherlands Denmark Scotland to play in their four - day domestic league to improve game yet they allowed them play in their one day league knowing that one day doesnot help a country progress so fuck the Ashes

  • AdepT

    I think a tri series of test between India, Australia and England would be much better and entertaining and perhaps better than ashes

  • nandu mohan
    nandu mohan

    38th minute flintof show importants of that no ball

  • Unknown Entity
    Unknown Entity

    WTF was that opening commentary?😂

  • 99ariyaratnamj

    Joy isn’t a virus symptom

  • Shiva Amirishetti
    Shiva Amirishetti

    Did Mark Said Contagious Virus?

  • Sachin Potdar
    Sachin Potdar

    The best and unforgettable series of ashes was when sir Ian Botham and Bob wilis made Australia cry.

  • goverdhan kothari
    goverdhan kothari

    Applaud the makers of this series. Hollywood thrillers are made to look grade b in front of this. But, highest quality is only 240p - does not do justice the effort that has gone in to putting this masterpiece together.. Humans always want to expand no matter what we get.. waiting for HD !

  • Tanay Ekmamdikar
    Tanay Ekmamdikar

    1:03:05 Ricky Ponting won the toss and elect to bat but England openers came out?

  • rohit marwah
    rohit marwah

    That is y, test is always best.

  • Lourens Vd berg
    Lourens Vd berg

    Eng is better without kp troublemaker

  • Shiva Amirishetti
    Shiva Amirishetti

    God helped British with weather

    • Fluorescentpropeller

      Of course, we are never allowed to win because we're better than the other team, are we?

  • Michal Stawicki
    Michal Stawicki

    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

    Lets play Ashes with 4 teams....Eng Aus Ind NZ...lets see who wins it.

  • Shashwat Tripathi
    Shashwat Tripathi

    Shane Warne. Glenn McGrath. Goddammit, only the names are enough!! No one even came close!

  • Agnishwar Raychaudhuri
    Agnishwar Raychaudhuri

    Vibes from cricket 07 ashes mode

  • Madhan Kumar
    Madhan Kumar

    I dont know why much importance was given to this. According to me 1989 was one of the best.

    • Fluorescentpropeller

      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

    41:36 Watching jinxes it :D

  • dannyzee4

    That virus intro in 2021 tho....

  • Bob S
    Bob S

    Great to relive this, but why do these programme makers think we care what pointless "celebrities" have to say about it?

    • truthoutmedia

      Always puzzled me also.

  • steve brindle
    steve brindle

    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

    Hey Mr Fry, shut the fuck up with your silly, "I refuse to watch" nonsense. How old are you?

  • tdurbo

    Haha virus! Quality first 30 seconds 😂😂😂 I did a double-take and looked if it really was a 9 year old video!!

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  • Kris Kay
    Kris Kay

    we need a vaccine so we can have the next ashes

  • dan hemmerling
    dan hemmerling

    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

    Thanks for this documentary. It is one of my unforgettable cricket contests.

  • Rahul Dubey
    Rahul Dubey

    The intro fits today’s environment

  • Syed Umaid
    Syed Umaid

    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

    True cricket fans will always enjoy THE ASHES .....

  • Udayraj Joshi
    Udayraj Joshi

    An epic...

  • Mrinmoy Sarma
    Mrinmoy Sarma

    That silence of Richi Benno

  • Murtuza Bhabhrawala
    Murtuza Bhabhrawala

    The opening lines described 2020 perfectly

    • Adnan Asif
      Adnan Asif

      Copy paster

  • Gokul V
    Gokul V

    The opening of this documentary really rings home now in 2020 and 2021!!

  • MrJohnpilchard

    23:32 is unreal

  • shramo

    240p. jeez. What is this? 2005?

  • Harsh Kashyap
    Harsh Kashyap


  • MiD.Life. Crisis
    MiD.Life. Crisis

    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

    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

    Flintoff, Peterson and warne were d stars of d series.

  • Dumb Neanderthal
    Dumb Neanderthal

    Whats the background music ? Liked it a lot

    • Dumb Neanderthal
      Dumb Neanderthal

      Thanks .. What about the short music used repeatedly with shots from the game?

    • Cystic Candy
      Cystic Candy

      In the starting , it was mambo no. 5

  • Nilesh Bhoir
    Nilesh Bhoir

    highly contagious virus arriving from abroad 😂😂😂😂

  • Sanz Calibre
    Sanz Calibre

    At that time umpire is the GOD, u can't challenge 😎

  • Lolwa Al-Thani
    Lolwa Al-Thani

    Watching in 2021

  • bharani dharan
    bharani dharan

    In the last 2 decades ...Ashes 2005 and indvsaus border Gavaskar trophy 2020-2021 one of the best test series ever..

    • Leema Fashion
      Leema Fashion

      2001 series Ind Aus

  • Harish Ganesan
    Harish Ganesan

    Is this the series that featured in cricket 07 !? I hear the same narrator.

    • truthoutmedia

      It is

  • Bhargava

    2021. England is affected by a highly contagious disease. But this time, its real.

  • More Chilli
    More Chilli

    Was and will forever be the greatest test series ever played. Even tho we lost....

  • Shubhankar Debnath
    Shubhankar Debnath

    Kevin Pietersen's hairstyle though.

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  • Harish A Raju
    Harish A Raju

    an HD version of this?

    • Harish A Raju
      Harish A Raju

      Thanks for the upload though

    • Harish A Raju
      Harish A Raju


    • truthoutmedia

      @harish unfortunately not. It was one of the last series played out on terrestrial tv (non digital) Thanks for watching

  • Amal Sharath
    Amal Sharath

    Great documentary especially the commentary from Fry ..The current India Australia series right now deserves a doc like this

  • ShemRules

    “New boy Kevin Pietersen” “New guy Michael Clarke”

  • Sud Vlog
    Sud Vlog

    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

    Flintoff was the difference between two teams

  • Ashutosh Singh
    Ashutosh Singh

    On top off🤣🤣



  • Ranjith KANATHIL
    Ranjith KANATHIL

    The end of..... Australian golden time's 🙏🙏🙏

  • Karan Soni
    Karan Soni

    ,,m M

  • shasank niroula
    shasank niroula

    highly contagious virus 2005..maybe swine flu.

  • azaan gaming
    azaan gaming

    Absolutely loved it. Very nice presentation as well.

  • prashant dongare
    prashant dongare

  • Brickshu

    Beautiful Vid. Thanks.

  • Frank B
    Frank B

    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

    18 overs in a row, wauw.

  • Rakesh Kumar
    Rakesh Kumar

    Test cricket at its best !! Love this series

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  • Manuel Morris
    Manuel Morris

    The uncovered waterfall expectably face because weeder admittedly tempt apud a five seal. learned, calm snowstorm


    He is so good.. so so good. Glenn McGrath is so so good.

  • Gainer M
    Gainer M

    SHANE WARNE............ Remember the name .