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Key moments in the 2010/11 Ashes series

cricket Updated: Jan 07, 2011 08:45 IST

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Key moments in the 2010/11 Ashes series between Australia and England after the tourists won the fifth test at the SCG for a 3-1 series victory on Friday.

FIRST TEST, BRISBANE, Nov. 25-29

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 with Cook and Trott's unbeaten partnership of 329 runs the highest by English batsmen in a test in Australia. They declare and bowl 26 overs at the hosts who finish 107-1.

Result: Match drawn

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SECOND TEST, ADELAIDE, Dec. 3-7

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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THIRD TEST, PERTH, Dec. 16-20

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 dismiss 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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FOURTH TEST, MELBOURNE, Dec. 26-30

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 taking 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) extend the rearguard action. Swann dismisses Siddle and Bresnan has Hilfenhaus caught behind. Harris, who had a stress fracture of his left ankle, did not bat so Australia are out for 258 and England retain the Ashes.

Result: England won by an innings and 157 runs.

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FIFTH TEST, SYDNEY, Jan. 3-7

Day one: Captaining his country in the absence of the injured Ponting, Michael Clarke wins the toss and opts to bat first but on a rain-interrupted day England's bowlers once again finish on top to leave the hosts 134-4 at the close.

Day two: Paul Collingwood bowls Hussey to leave Australia reeling on 171-6, but Johnson notches up another half century to guide Australia to 280 all out. England finish the day 167-3 in reply, Cook once again at the helm with 61 not out.

Day three: Cook (189), Ian Bell (115) and Prior (54 not out) take England to a commanding 208-run lead, ending the day on 488-7.

Day four: After a team huddle called by Collingwood before play to announce his retirement from test cricket, England march on with Prior (118) racking up a century as the visitors are finally bowled out for 644.

Australia reach 46-0 but slowly the wickets fall and captain Clarke top scores with 41 as the hosts end on 213-7, Tremlett claiming two wickets in two balls late in the day.

Day five: England wrapped up the match shortly before lunch, with spinner Graeme Swann removing paceman Peter Siddle for 43, his highest test score, before Anderson had Ben Hilfenhaus caught behind for seven.

Debutant Michael Beer added two runs before being bowled by Chris Tremlett to leave Australia all out for 281 and England celebrating an innings and 83-run victory that sealed the Ashes 3-1, their first series victory on Australian soil in 24 years.