Nothing changes the pattern of a Test match like a flurry of wickets.
The 2010/11 Ashes series in Australia burst into life on the opening day at the Gabba when birthday boy Peter Siddle claimed a hat-trick, while Graeme Swann spun England to victory at Adelaide in the following Test.
Pantomime villain Mitchell Johnson was unplayable in Perth but England retained the Ashes in style thanks to Tim Bresnan's inspired recall at the MCG.
Watch and vote below for your favourite bowling performance from the 2010/11 series.
Best bowling display
Peter Siddle 6-54 at Brisbane (including hat-trick)
The roof of the Gabba was shaking when Siddle steamed in to send down his hat-trick ball, it almost came off when he trapped Stuart Broad lbw seconds later. The Victorian seamer reduced England from 197-4 to 197-7 in the blink of an eye with the wickets of Alastair Cook, Matt Prior and then Broad. It was a dramatic start to the series and gave Siddle, who finished with figures of 6-54 as England were bundled out for 260, an extra reason to celebrate his 26th birthday. Siddle became the 10th Australian to take a Test hat-trick and without it, could England have won 5-0?
Graeme Swann 5-91 at Adelaide
After escaping from Brisbane with a draw, England then got their noses in front with an emphatic innings victory in Adelaide. Kevin Pietersen's double hundred gave the tourists a huge first-innings advantage but it was Swann's five-wicket haul that got England over the line with rain lingering on the final day. Swann had already picked up Simon Katich and Ricky Ponting on day four but ran through the tail on the final day, with the help of James Anderson, as England repaired the scars cut deep at the famous Adelaide venue four years previous.
Mitchell Johnson 6-38 at Perth
He is the player England fans love to hate, but at his beloved WACA, Johnson had the last laugh as Australia drew level thanks to his pace bowling masterclass in the first-innings. Dropped in Adelaide, Johnson returned to the side with a point to prove and he certainly made it on the second morning. Replying to Australia's first innings 268, England were going well on 75-0 before Johnson's game-changing burst. The slingy left-armer took four wickets for seven runs in 27 balls - removing Cook, Trott, Pietersen and Paul Collingwood during a breathtaking spell of pace bowling. Johnson then added two more victims as England were bundled out for 187 - a deficit of 81 - and Australia swiftly levelled the series.
Tim Bresnan 4-50 Melbourne
Dreamland. That's the only place Tim Bresnan could have been after the Boxing Day Test victory in 2011. A surprise inclusion in the side for the fourth Test with the series in the balance at 1-1, the Yorkshire all-rounder who 'never lets you down' vindicated the selectors with two wickets during Australia's calamitous first innings and four during the second. Battling to save the match and the Ashes, Australia were well-placed on 99-1 (albeit 316 runs adrift of England) in their second innings before Bresnan entered the fray. Shane Watson was undone leg before by an inswinger and the door to victory was opened when the likeable all-rounder snuck one through Ricky Ponting and into middle stump. Mikey Hussey then drove low to Ian Bell during Bresnan's next over and the Yorkshireman sealed Ashes glory for England with the final wicket of Ben Hilfenhaus the following day.
What was the best bowling display during the 2010/11 Ashes series?
Peter Siddle (6-54) at Brisbane
Graeme Swann (5-91) at Adelaide
Mitchell Johnson (6-38) at Perth
Tim Bresnan (4-50) at Melbourne