We remember some thrilling Ashes moments played out at The Oval in recent years
Last Updated: 20/08/13 11:49am
England celebrate regaining the Ashes at The Oval in 2005
The home of Surrey County Cricket Club has been a happy hunting ground for England in recent Ashes series.
In 2005 Michael Vaughan led England to their first series win over the old enemy for 17 years and four years later the urn was regained in style.
On the eve of the fifth Test of the 2013 series, we look back at some epic Ashes moments to be played at The Oval in recent years.
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With the 2005 series in the balance it took an extraordinary innings from an extraordinary batsman to ensure England ended their 17-year wait for Ashes glory. Leading the series 2-1, England knew a draw would be enough for them to regain the famous urn, however Australia were not prepared to give in without a fight at the Oval. Leading by just six runs going into their second innings, England were reduced to 67-3 when Pietersen, sporting his unforgettable 'skunk' hairstyle, strode out to the middle. Wickets continued to tumble around him as Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath ran amok and at 199-7 Australia appeared favourites to level the series. But Pietersen had other ideas, cashing in on a life when on 15 - Warne dropping the Ashes at slip - to flay a series-defining 158. KP hit 15 boundaries and seven sixes in total, taking Brett Lee for 22 runs in the space of six balls, to steer England to safety.
Pietersen's mesmerising knock meant that Australia needed 342 to win from just 18 overs. A draw was a formality but the series ended in rather anti-climatic circumstances after bad light had forced the players off the field just four balls into Australia's second innings. After a brief delay, umpires Billy Bowden and Rudi Koertzen walked out to the middle and removed the bails, prompting wild celebrations on and off the field. Just don't ask Pietersen or Flintoff to recall them!
Australia began their innings well in reply to England's 332 in their must-win final Test in 2009 before a deadly spell of seam bowling from Stuart Broad. The Nottinghamshire quick produced a stunning spell of 4-8 in 21 balls as the Aussies crashed from 73-0 to 160 all out in the blink of an eye. Broad finished with 5-37 and England took a significant 172-run lead into the second innings.
With the 2009 series fascinatingly poised at 1-1, England's selectors sprung a surprise by naming Warwickshire batsman Jonathan Trott in their squad ahead of Ravi Bopara, who had mustered just 105 runs in the four previous Tests. It proved an inspired selection with Trott following in the footsteps of fellow South African-born right-hander Pietersen with a crucial century in his second innings after an assured knock of 41 in the first.
Swann seals 2009 victory
Chasing a world record 546 for victory, Australia were making a decent fist of it on 217-2 with Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey in the middle. Andrew Flintoff's direct hit to run-hit Ponting opened the door for England and Swann dismissed two of the middle order before taking the series-clinching wicket when Hussey popped a catch up to Alastair Cook at short leg.