This time 10 years ago, the England cricket team were embarking upon what seemed like the impossible. The 2005 Ashes test series was predicted to be a whitewash in the Aussie’s favour, and English hopes were all but crushed when England lost the First Test by 239 runs. The team rallied and mounted a spirited comeback to triumph 2-1 in one of the closest fought series on record.
The 2005 Ashes had the entire nation gripped. Remarkably, the Third Test saw 20,000 spectators locked out of Old Trafford after it reached capacity. Since then, the giants of the game have declared it the best series of all time. It was the first time that England had got their hands on the urn for 18 years.
The victory was in large part down to a brilliant bowling quartet composed of Hoggy, Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff MBE, Steve Harmison MBE DL and Simon Jones MBE. Between the 4 of them, they took an incredible 75 wickets. To mark the tenth anniversary, the awesome foursome were reunited by The Sun newspaper for a feature article. Matthew had a fantastic time catching up with his former teammates. Describing each other as ‘like family’, Matthew said that it genuinely didn’t matter who took the wickets.
The four spent the day reminiscing about the 2005 series and reliving the incredible experiences they had, including the celebrations aboard the open-top bus and their time at Downing Street. They also made their predictions for the 2015 Ashes which have just got under way. Whilst his 3 teammates forecast a series victory for England, Matthew believes that the Aussies will win!