Key moments in the 2010/11 Ashes series

Key moments in the 2010/11 Ashes series between Australia and England after the tourists won the fourth test at the MCG to take a 2-1 lead and retain the famous urn on Wednesday

By (Reuters)

Published: Wed 29 Dec 2010, 10:48 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 2:26 AM


Day one: England captain Andrew Strauss wins the toss and bats first, losing his wicket after just three balls and setting the tone for an Australia dominated day in which Peter Siddle takes a hat-trick and the tourists are bowled out for 260. The hosts finish 25-0.

Day two: Australia slump to 143-5 before being rescued by Mike Hussey (81 not out) and Brad Haddin (22 not out) to close on 220-5.

Day three: Hussey and Haddin complete centuries and pile on 307 runs for the sixth wicket. The hosts are dismissed for 481 with Hussey falling just five runs short of his first test double century. England close on 19-0.

Day four: England’s openers Strauss and Alastair Cook put on 188 runs and then Cook combines with Jonathan Trott to lead England to 309-1 at the close.

Day five: England amass 517 runs, Cook and Trott’s unbeaten partnership of 329 runs the highest by English batsmen in a test in Australia, before declaring and bowling 26 overs at the hosts who finish 107-1.

Result: Match drawn

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Day one: Australia captain Ricky Ponting wins the toss and opts to bat, his team starting in disastrous fashion by losing their first three wickets for two runs, which they never recover from on their way to 245 all out. Hussey top scores with 93. England close on 1-0.

Day two: Strauss is bowled on the third ball of the day but Cook (136 not out) steers England to 317-2 at the close after sharing in a 173-run partnership with Trott (78).

Day three: Cook goes early on for 148 but Kevin Pietersen finishes 213 not out to have the tourists 551-4 at stumps.

Day four: England declare on 620-5 before lunch, a first innings lead of 375, and by the close have reduced Australia to 238-4.

Day five: With heavy rain forecast in the afternoon, spinner Graeme Swann claims five wickets as Australia are bowled out before lunch for 304 to put England one up.

Result: England won by an innings and 71 runs.

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Day one: England start brightly having won the toss and electing to bowl, Australia’s top order blown away to leave them 65-4 at lunch. Bowler Mitchell Johnson top scores with 62 late on as the hosts are dismissed for 268. England close on 29-0.

Day two: Johnson rediscovers his bowling rhythm taking six for 38 to blow away England for just 187. Australia finish the day well on top, 119-3.

Day three: Hussey (116) and opener Shane Watson (95) guide Australia to 309 all out, leaving England 391 runs to win the match and retain the Ashes. The tourists close on 81-5, Johnson and Ryan Harris with two wickets apiece.

Day four: Australia waste no time in cleaning up England for 123 in just 37 overs, Harris claiming 6-47 to level the series.

Result: Australia won by 267 runs.

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Day one: In front of nearly 90,000 fans, Australia subside to 98 all out after Strauss puts the hosts into bat, opening bowlers James Anderson and Chris Tremlett with four wickets each. England finish on 157-0.

Day two: Trott comes to the crease early but bats the entire day to finish 141 not out and lead England, with the help of Matt Prior (75 not out), to 444-5 at stumps.

Day three: England are dismissed quickly for 513 and have to bide their time for a breakthrough but after opener Philip Hughes is run out for 23 with the score at 53, the wickets begin to come and Australia are 169-6 at the close.

Day four: Mitchell Johnson (6) falls early to Tremlett but Haddin (55 not out) and Siddle (40) extended the rearguard action. Swann dismissed Siddle and Bresnan got Hilfenhaus caught behind. Harris, who had a stress fracture of his left ankle, did not bat so Australia were out for 258 and England retained the Ashes.

Result: England won by an innings and 157 runs.

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