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The Ashes

Vote for your favourite innings of the 2010/11 Ashes series Down Under from the options and video highlights below...

Alastair Cook rewrote the record books in Brisbane

Kevin Pietersen had Australia ducking for cover in Adelaide

Bat dominated ball in the 2010-11 series with all 20 wickets falling just once - at Perth, (surprise, surprise) - in the whole series.

England passed 500 at every venue apart from the WACA as Australia's bowlers toiled in the face of Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen and co.

In the first of our series of Ashes polls from the infamous 2010/11 series, vote for your favourite innings from a remarkable tour for England, who have three nominations. Here are the candidates:

Alastair Cook - 235 not out at Brisbane

We look back at the wonderful innings from Alastair Cook at the Gabba in 2010

In what was to end as 'Cook's Ashes' the England opener, who arrived Down Under with doubts lingering over his place at the top of the order after a torrid summer in England, made a dream start to the series. After making a dogged 67 in England's first-innings, Cook defied Australia for almost 10-and-a-half hours in a record-breaking unbeaten 235 which ultimately helped England salvage a draw. His record unbroken 329-run partnership with Trott left all inside the Gabba in disbelief as the scoreboard read 517-1 and Cook's knock remains the highest score by an Englishman at the Brisbane venue, as well as his career-best. Cook faced an incredible 428 deliveries surpassing the great Sir Don Bradman's record score at the ground, a feat which has since been usurped by rival skipper Michael Clarke.

Kevin Pietersen - 227 at Adelaide

Kevin Pietersen's magnificent 227 against Australia at Adelaide

After sitting with his pads on for what must have seemed an eternity in Brisbane, Pietersen grabbed his moment in the limelight with a sparkling double century in at the second Test at Adelaide. Replying to Australia's first-innings 245 all out, Pietersen shared a 175-run partnership with captain Cook, who himself made 148, as England racked up 620-5 declared. In swelteringly hot conditions, Pietersen flayed the depleted Australia bowlers to all parts of the Adelaide venue, cracking 33 boundaries and one six to put England in total control. His knock that day remains a career-best.

Mike Hussey - 116 at Perth

Michael Hussey's crucial 116 against England at Perth

After chasing leather for the best part of two Test matches, Australia bounced back at fortress Perth, where a local boy more than played his part. The outcome of the Test was in the balance after Australia had slipped to 64-3 in their second innings - a lead of 145 - but Hussey took the game away from England with a crucial century. The roar inside the WACA when Hussey went to three figures was deafening and his effort ultimately helped Australia set England 391 to win but they never got close. Take Hussey's hundred away and England could well have had a sniff of clinching the series there and then.

Matt Prior - 118 at Sydney

Re-live Matt Prior's 118 against Australia at the SCG

England were labelled 'dour' by Australia coach Darren Lehmann after this summer's Ashes but Andy Flower's men produced some champagne cricket to wrap up the series in style in Sydney in January 2012. With the Ashes already retained, Strauss's men put on another batting exhibition after bowling Australia out for 280. Cook laid the foundations with another big hundred and his dismissal, with England 100 in front, brought Prior to the middle. The England wicketkeeper had never made a century against Australia but he put that right in just 109 balls, caressing 11 fours and dispatching Steve Smith for six in his overall 118. His century was the quickest by an Englishman since Sir Ian Botham's infamous effort at Headingley in 1981.

Watch the Ashes live on Sky Sports this winter, beginning with the opening Test at the Gabba. Coverage begins at 11pm on Sky Sports 2 HD on 21 November.

Which was the best innings of the 2010/11 Ashes series?

  • Alastair Cook - Brisbane
  • Kevin Pietersen - Adelaide
  • Mike Hussey - Perth
  • Matt Prior - Sydney