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Later this week sees the return of the famous Ashes cricket series that begins on Wednesday 8th July in Sophia Gardens, Cardiff. England will be looking to win back the historic urn from Australia after their extremely disappointing defeat back in 2013 down under. Whilst the Aussies are favourites to retain the urn with coral mobile, England have been buoyed by their recent ODI rejuvenation and, as previous series have proved, nothing can be taken for granted when it comes to cricket’s greatest contest. Over the year’s we’ve seen some truly remarkable Ashes moments; here we look at 5 of the most remarkable.

WARNE TO GATTING, 1993

Shane Warne’s incredible ball to England batsman Mike Gatting made headlines around the World during the 1993 Ashes series in England. Gatting was left bemused when the ball delivered from Warne pitched on leg-stump before turning wildly to clatter the top of off. Later hailed as ‘the ball of the century’, the baggie greens went on to win that series and more Ashes dominance ensued throughout the 90’s, much to the disappointment of three-lions fans.

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SHANE WARNE HAT-TRICK, 1994-1995

Another remarkable Ashes moment and it’s that man once again. Melbourne was the setting of Warne’s famous hat-trick 21 years ago, marking the first of its kind in 90 years. Surprisingly up until that moment he hadn’t managed to take a single wicket but with England desperately attempting to save the Test it was Warne’s brilliance that helped topple the Poms with DeFreitas, Gough and Malcolm all on the receiving end of some dazzling bowling from the Aussie.

RICKY PONTING RUN OUT, 2005

In the 2005 Ashes it was substitute fielder Gary Pratt who managed to help create one of the most memorable moments in the contest’s rich history. In an absolute moment of madness Australian captain Ricky Ponting ran a foolish single and was well short of making the ground as substitute Pratt managed to snare the ball at the wickets sending Ponting back to the pavilion. Pratt never went on to feature for the England test side proper but he will always be remembered in cricketing folklore as the man that ran-out Punter. England went on to win the series, ending plenty of years of hurt.

EDGBASTON FINALE, 2005

It was the closest and one of the most dramatic Tests, not just in Ashes history but in cricket history. After an eventful first 3 days, it looked like England were destined to secure a comfortable victory as they returned on day 4 needing only 2 wickets to win the match whereas Australia needed an unlikely 107 runs for victory.

However, if England fans thought this would be a stroll in the park then the Aussie tail had other thoughts in mind.

Warne and Lee battled hard before Warne trod on his own stumps to bring Kasprowicz to the crease with the Aussies still having plenty to do. Lee and the new batsman got to within 3 runs of the impossible before a thrilling finale saw Kasprowicz nick-off to Steve Harmison much to the adulation of the delirious Edgbaston crowd.

ENGLAND WIN DOWN UNDER, 2010-2011

It had been a long 24 year wait for England to clinch an Ashes victory against the Australians on their home turf. But in the 2010-2011 Ashes Test series they managed just that, sealing a 3-1 triumph after an emphatic win in the 4th test by an innings and 157 runs. Highlights of the series included Alistair Cook’s remarkable scoring spree and Mitchell Johnson being jeered constantly by the ecstatic travelling barmy army.