Kersi is an author of 13 cricket books including The Waugh Twins, Crcket's Great All-rounders, Six Appeal and Nervous Nineties. He writes regularly for Inside Cricket and other publications. He is busy with his new book on Cricket's Conflicts and Controversies with a Foreword by Greg Chappell.
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England convincingly defeating Australia in two-and-a-half days in the Birmingham Test made me go for a walk down memory lane.
There have been striking similarities between the opening Ashes Tests played in 2005 and the opening pair in England this year.
What a turnaround for Australia in Ashes 2015. Beaten by 169 runs in the first Test at Cardiff with a day in hand, Michael Clarke’s Aussies took revenge by pulverising Alastair Cook’s Englishmen by 405 runs at Lord’s with more than a day to spare.
On Thursday, Cricket Australia released the final schedule for the 2015-16 cricket of summer in Australia. I have to admit, the itineraries announced took me by surprise.
Part 1 featured the second Test of the 2005 Ashes series in Edgbaston, which had controversially won by two runs. The subsequent three Tests – at Old Trafford (Manchester), Trent Bridge (Nottingham) and The Oval (London) – were equally enthralling.
As Australia gets ready to play the first Test at Cardiff on July 8, I remember some classic Ashes tussles in England in the last 40 years. Two thrillers will be revisited today and a few more in Part 2.