The good news announced that the Ashes are going ahead got me thinking about some of the best dismissals over the past ten years.
This is the first part of this series, dismissals ten to six. Come back tomorrow for my top five.
10. Mitchell Johnson to James Anderson
2013-14 Ashes, second Test at Adelaide Oval
The Adelaide Oval crowd was going off. Mitchell Johnson had just got his fifth wicket. England were in desperate trouble at 8-135 in response to Australia’s 9-570 declared. Out walked a nervous James Anderson to face his first ball. Mitchell Johnson was waiting at the top of his mark in a sort of zen-like state, stroking his moustache. He steamed in and bowled the perfect delivery, uprooting the middle stump. It was so good no words needed to be spoken. He gave Anderson a stare as he walked off.
9. Stuart Broad to Adam Voges
2015 Ashes, fourth Test at Trent Bridge
Stuart Broad’s greatest asset, similar to Mitchell Johnson, is his ability to capitalise on momentum. The perfect example of this was on an overcast morning at Trent Bridge. Broad ended up with staggeringly good bowling figures of 8-15. The pick of the dismissals was Adam Voges, who edged it, allowing Ben Stokes to take an absolute blinder at fifth slip.
8. James Anderson to Brad Haddin
2013 Ashes, first Test at Trent Bridge
James Anderson, with over 600 Test wickets, has produced many spectacular deliveries. Although this one wasn’t his best, it won the Test match for England. Australia were set 311 for victory and in arrears by 80 runs with one wicket left. Brad Haddin and James Pattinson formed a partnership. The deficit was just 14 runs when Anderson struck and caught the inside edge of Haddin’s bat. It was Anderson’s tenth wicket for the match, and victory belonged to England.
7. Josh Hazlewood to Craig Overton
2019 Ashes, fourth Test at Old Trafford
Josh Hazlewood stood up for Australia to get the vital wicket to retain the Ashes. Craig Overton had faced 104 balls for 21 runs. With his 105th delivery Hazlewood got just enough inswing to hit the front pad, ensuring wild celebrations from the Australians.
6. Peter Siddle to Stuart Broad
2010-11 Ashes, first Test at the Gabba
The great thing about this is it wasn’t just the full inswinging yorker to dismiss Stuart Broad leg before wicket; it was the two previous deliveries that made this be the hat-trick ball. The crowd was roaring, and it was on his birthday that he managed to execute exactly what he wanted.