Five great Ashes Tests in England

Jul 15, 2013, 00:04 IST | Matt Somerford

The Trent Bridge Test proved yet another unforgettable Ashes encounter, adding the latest thrilling chapter to cricket's longest-standing rivalry. Here, Press Association Sport's Matt Somerford picks out five more of the best on English soil.

1981, Leeds 
England won by 18 runs
Ian Botham's unbeaten 149 set the stage for England to overcome odds of 500-1 after they had crashed to 135 for seven after being asked to follow on. Botham's belligerence still left Australia with only 130 to win but Bob Willis' eight for 43 completed arguably the greatest comeback in Test history.

2005, Edgbaston 
England won by two runs
Australia looked certain to suffer defeat when they were 137 for seven chasing 282. A 59-run last-wicket stand between Brett Lee and Michael Kasprowicz threatened to put them 2-0 up, until the latter gloved Steve Harmison down leg side.

1882, The Oval
Australia won by seven runs
The Ashes legend was born when Australia won on English soil for the first time in a low-scoring contest. Defeat prompted the famous mock obituary of English cricket’s demise in the Sporting Times. Fred Spofforth's seven for 44 sealed Australia's win as England failed to chase 85.

1956, Manchester
Eng won by an ings & 170 runs
The match will be forever remembered for Jim Laker's record 19 wickets in the Test. He swept through all of Australia's batsmen in the second innings. Richie Benaud described as “one of the most sensational bowling performances of all time”.

1948, Leeds
Aus won by seven wickets
'Bradman's Invincibles' clinched the series as they chased down 404 on the final day on a turning pitch with seven wickets in hand and just 15 minutes to spare. Unsurprisingly Bradman (173 not out) was at the heart of the pursuit, adding 301 in quick time with opener Arthur Morris (182).  

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