“Cricket has captured the nation; I’m not sure the sport will ever get to that level again”.
The greatest moment in English cricket history; perhaps the greatest moment in English sporting history. The then-captain, Michael Vaughan was right, that series in 2005 was unrepeatable; cricket will never be able to captivate an audience quite like it again.
The English 16-year wait for an Ashes title finally finished in 2005, mainly thanks to Freddie Flintoff’s brilliant 24 wickets and 402 runs. History was written, the Lions were respectable again; England’s compassion was shown through Flintoff’s gesture to Brett Lee at Edgbaston.
As the winning side were paraded along Trafalgar Square, after winning the series 2-1, the celebrations led all the way to No. 10 Downing Street. But where are the heroes from the famous side today?
It’s great to see some of the legends still playing; the side that turned English cricket on its head, bringing joy back into the sport once more:
“The English people deserved this. This is a celebration not just of cricket but of national spirit.”
Geoff Lawson, the former Australian paceman
However, not all of the heroes from 2005 make it into all-time English test XI.