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The Ashes Cricket Series 2009

Ashes 2009 The Australia national cricket team is due to tour England, Scotland and Wales during the 2009 English cricket season. The team is scheduled to play five Test matches, seven one-day internationals and two Twenty20 internationals against England.
The series of five Test matches between England and Australia is for The Ashes and, for the first time, an Ashes match will be held in Wales. Australia is the current holder of The Ashes by winning the 2006-07 series after losing to England in 2005. Final Results: England won the 5-match series 2–1 | Australia won the 7-match series 6-1 | 2 Twenty20 matches abandoned 0-0

England vs Australia - The Ashes Cricket Series 2009 - Fifth and Final Test Match

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England Vs Australia Fifth Test At The Oval, 20-24 August 2009

Oval Test, Day four: Australia freefall to #4 in Test rankings as England regain Ashes with 197-run victory (ENG 2:1|5)

England regained the Ashes with a sweeping 197-run victory over Australia in the fifth test at the Oval on Sunday. Australia, who were set a world record 546 to win, were dismissed for 348 despite a battling century from Michael Hussey.
Australia were 327 for five at one time, but the end came swiftly with four wickets going down for 16 runs in 32 balls, with fast bowler Stephen Harmison taking three for seven in 13.England's 2-1 victory left Ricky Ponting with the record of becoming only the second Australia captain, since Billy Murdoch in 1890, to be in charge of two losing Ashes tours of England. With this, Australia slipped to fourth, losing the top spot for the first time since the ICC rankings were introduced in 2003. South Africa is now the #1 Test team in the world, followed by Sri Lanka and India.
England 332 and 373/9 decl beat Australia 160 and 348 (Hussey 121, Ponting 66, Swann 4-120) by 197 runs

Oval Test, Day three: Australia set 546 to win after Trott century

Australia was set a target of 546 to win the fifth Ashes Test as England declared their second innings closed at 373 for nine Trott, who was run out for 41 in the first innings, reached 119 on the third day to became the first England player since Graham Thorpe in 1993 to score a century on debut.
Australia 160 and 80/0 (Watson 31*, Katich 42*) need 466 more runs to beat England 332 and 373/9 decl (Trott 119, Strauss 75, Swann 63, North 4-98)

Oval Test, Day two: Broad-inspired England destroy Australia

Australia collapsed from 73 for none to 160 all out in reply to England's 332 on day two at the Oval. Stuart Broad (5-37) and Graeme Swann (4-38) took nine wickets for 75 runs as England unexpectedly took control of the Ashes decider.This was Chris Broad's third five-wicket haul of his 22-Test career. Also, James Anderson of England registered his first Test match duck, in his 55th innings.
England 332 (Bell 72, Siddle 4-75, Hilfenhaus 3-71) and 58/3 (Strauss 32*) lead Australia 160 (Broad 5-37, Swann 4-38) by 230 runs

Oval Test, Day one: England squander opportunity in Ashes decider

England batsmen, looking for a win, squandered a glorious opportunity to take control of the final Test, finishing the opening day on 307 for eight. They were 180 for 3 at tea.
Jonathan Trott marked his Test debut with a composed 41. Siddle was the pick of Australia's attack with 4 for 63 in 18.3 overs.
England 307/8 (Bell 72, Siddle 4-63) v Australia

England vs Australia - The Ashes Cricket Series 2009 - Fourth Test Match

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England Vs Australia Fourth Test At Headingley, Leeds 7-11 August 2009

Headingley test: Australia dominates (ENG 1:1|5)

Australia dominated from the first session of the fourth ashes test right through until they won inside 3 days. After bowling a dismal England out for just 102 in the first innings, Australia dominated with the bat against the woeful English bowlers and piled on 445 all out. England were then bowled out second time round for a measly 263.
Australia ended up winning the test by an innings and 80 runs.
Headingly Test, Day five: Australia 445 (North 110, Clarke 93, Ponting 78, Broad 6-91) beat England 102 and 263 (Swann 62, Broad 61, Johnson 5-69, Hilfenhaus 4-60) by an innings and 80 runs

England vs Australia - The Ashes Cricket Series 2009 - Third Test Match

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England Vs Australia Third Test At Edgbaston, Birmingham, 30 July-3 August 2009

Edgbaston Test, Day five: Clarke ton saves Australia (ENG 1:0|5)

Australia saved the third Test at Edgbaston thanks to a century from Michael Clarke to leave England 1-0 up in the series with two matches to play.
Edgbaston Test, Day five: Australia 263 (Watson 62, Anderson 5-80, Onions 4-58) and 375/5 (Watson 53, Hussey 64, Clarke 103*, North 96) drew with England 376 (Strauss 69, Bell 53, Flintoff 74, Broad 55, Hilfenhaus 4-109)

Edgbaston Test, Day three: Play abandoned

Constant rain forced the day's play to be called off at 2.38 pm without a ball being bowled and there are fears about the fourth day due to the drenched outfield.
Edgbaston Test, Day three: England 116/2 (Strauss 64*, Bell 26*) trail Australia 263 (Watson 62, Onions 4-58, Anderson 5-80) by 147 runs

Edgbaston Test, Day two: England dominates

When bad light stopped play on day two, England were 116 for two, just 147 behind Australia’s 263.
England captain Andrew Strauss was unbeaten on 64 with Ian Bell on 26.
Earlier, James Anderson took five wickets and Graham Onions four as Australia were bowled out for 263. Shane Watson top-scored for Australia with 62, Simon Katich made 46 and captain Ricky Ponting 38.
Edgbaston Test, Day two: England 116/2 (Strauss 64*, Bell 26*) trail Australia 263 (Watson 62, Onions 4-58, Anderson 5-80) by 147 runs

Edgbaston Test, Day one: Rain curtails action

Shane Watson, in for the discarded opener Phillip Hughes, cracked a confident 62 not out to guide his side to 126/1 at the end of a rain-affected 30-over day.
Edgbaston Test, Day one: Australia 126/1 (Watson 62*) v England

England vs Australia - The Ashes Cricket Series 2009 - Second Test Match

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England Vs Australia Second Test At Lord's, London, 16-20 July 2009

Lord's Test, Day five: Ponting hails Freddie effort as England wins Test (ENG 1:0|5)

Aussie captain Ricky Ponting hailed soon-to-retire Flintoff "as good as anyone around" after his five wickets helped England secure a 115-run win against Australia. The Lancashire all-rounder, playing his final Test at Lord's, bowled 10 straight overs on the final morning to finish with 5-92 as Australia were all-out for 406, chasing an unprecedented 522 for victory.Resuming the fifth day at 313/5, still 208 runs away from victory, Brad Haddin fell to Flintoff, without adding to his overnight score of 80 runs. Greame Swann then removed Clarke, whose valiant effort lasted 227 deliveries, with 14 hits to fence. Flintoff then got the wickets of Nathan Hauritz (1) and Peter Siddle (7) before Swann returned to finish Mitchell Johnson’s 63 run fight.This win was England’s first over their nemesis at the Lord’s since 1934.
Lord's Test, Day five: England 425 and 311/6 decl beat Australia 215 and 406 (Clarke 136, Haddin 80, Johnson 63, Flintoff 5-92, Swann 4-87) by 115 runs

Lord's Test, Day four: Dream stand by Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin as Aussies attempt escape

Australia need another 209 runs and England a further five wickets when the last day's play begin at Lord's tomorrow.
No one has ever done what Australia is attempting to do and England without doubt has the upper hand.On day four, a fine unbeaten stand of 185 between Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin helped Australia to 313 for the loss of 5 wickets after England had reduced the tourists to 128-5. Flintoff troubled them in the morning with figures of 7-2-9-2 with the new ball. England had declared without adding to their overnight total of 311-6.Vice-captain Clarke recorded his 11th Test century, ending the day 125 not out, with wicketkeeper Haddin unbeaten on 80.
Lord's Test, Day four: Australia 215 and 313/5 (Clarke 125*, Haddin 80*) 209 runs behind England 425 and 311/6 decl (Prior 61, Collingwood 54)

Lord's Test, Day three: England leads by 521 over Australia

England retained the initiative on day three at Lord's by piling 181 runs in 31.2 overs in the final session before rain stopped play. Andrew Strauss had earlier declined to enforce the follow-on after Australia's first innings folded for 215.
Australia had resumed in the morning 70 short of saving the follow-on with 156 for 8 wickets on the board. The tail-enders almost reached the follow-on target of 226 through Siddle (35) and Hauritz (24), who combined in a ninth-wicket stand of 44. But they fell 11 runs short.At stumps, England had a 521 run lead. With two days left, Australia needs to better the world-record 418 that West Indies made against it in 2003. England holds the record for the highest ever fourth innings score in a test match - 654 for 5 made 70 years ago in the timeless Test at Durban.
Lord's Test, Day three: England 425 and 311/6 (Prior 61, Collingwood 54) lead Australia 215 (Hussey 51, Anderson 4-55) by 521runs

Lord's Test, Day two: England dismissed for 425, but on top after Aussie collapse

After the hosts were bowled out for 425 in the morning session, Australia struggled all day with the bat and were 156 for eight when bad light stopped play, still needing 70 runs to avoid the follow-on.
England lost captain Andrew Srauss for 161 to the second ball of the day, but local boy James Anderson put on 47 in 53 balls with Graham Onions for the last wicket to help them past 400. While Hilfenhaus took 4 for 103, Mitchell Johnson's figures had swollen to 3-132 from 21.4 overs by the time the last English wicket fell.When Australia batted, Michael Hussey was the top scorer with 51. They lost six wickets after tea. English pace bowler James Anderson was chief destroyer with the ball, taking four wickets for 36. Broad took the final two wickets of the day.
Australia have not lost a Test at the headquarters of world cricket since 1934.
Lord's Test, Day two: Australia 156/8 (Michael Hussey 51, Katich 48, Anderson 4-36) trail England 425 (Strauss 161, Cook 95, Hilfenhaus 4-103) by 269 runs

Lord's Test, Day one: Australia fight back after Andrew Strauss' ton

England captain Andrew Strauss reached 161 not out as he led from the front to take England to 364 for 6 at stumps on day one of the second Ashes Test at Lord's. It was his 18th century in Tests and is his third against Australia. Australia endured one of their most embarrassing starts to a Test match as Mitchell Johnson gave away 77 off his first 11 overs. Alastair Cook, who fell for 95, was Mitchell Johnson's first wicket of the match, and his 100th in Tests. Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook put on 196 runs for the first wicket, in 47.5 overs.

At tea, England were 255/2 with Strauss on 100 and Pietersen on 22. Australia however claimed four wickets during the third session of play, to claw their way back into the game. Andrew Flintoff received a warm applause as he walked out to play his final Test at the home of cricket, but he was soon out for just four runs.
Strauss steadied the ship, adding 61 runs in the session with Stuart Broad surviving the new ball on seven.
Lord's Test, Day one: England 364/6 (Strauss 161*, Cook 95) v Australia

England vs Australia - The Ashes Cricket Series 2009 - First Test Match

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England Vs Australia First Test At Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, 8-12 July 2009

Cardiff Test, Day five: Anderson and Panesar cling on for draw (ENG 0:0|5)

England's last-wicket pair James Anderson and Monty Panesar batted together for 40 minutes and 69 balls to defy Australia a win in the first Ashes Test. England ended their second innings on 252 for nine. Paul Collingwood's 245-ball 74 ended with 11.3 overs to go and Australia needing only one more wicket. Panesar and Anderson scored 19 runs before umpires declared the match a draw with England 13 runs ahead.
Cardiff Test, Day five: England 435 (Pietersen 69, Collingwood 64, Prior 56) and 252/9 (Collingwood 74, Hilfenhaus 3-37) drew with Australia 674/6 declared (Ponting 150, Katich 122, North 125*, Haddin 121)

Cardiff Test, Day four: England struggling to save Test

Resuming 44 runs ahead on an imposing 479 for five, Australia declared at 674 for six, 239 runs ahead of England, to record their highest Ashes total since being dismissed for 701 at The Oval in 1934. Marcus North and Brad Haddin both hit centuries.At stumps, England were struggling on 20 for two, still needing 219 runs to make Australia bat again. Rain washed out play at tea.
Cardiff Test, Day four: England 435 and 20/2 trail Australia 674 for 6 (Ponting 150, North 125*, Katich 122, Haddin 121) by 219 runs

Cardiff Test, Day three: Clarke and North put Aussies in front

Australia batted throughout a rain-interrupted third day at Cardiff to take a 44-run first innings lead over England on Friday. Floodlights were used for the first time in a British test, as rain stopped play for two hours before play resumed under lights at 6.15 in the evening local time. At stumps, Australia reached 479 for five in their first innings in reply to England's 435, thanks to the fifth-highest second-wicket partnership (239 runs) by an Australian pair in Ashes contests. Captain Ricky Ponting added another 50 to his overnight score of 100, while Simon Katich struck 122. Ponting now has 11,110 Test runs, just 64 runs shy of the third position overall. He is now behind Sachin Tendulkar (12,773), Brian Lara (11,953) and Allan Border (11,174).Vice-captain Michael Clarke made 83 while Marcus North reached the close on 54 not out. The duo shared a 143-run stand for the fifth wicket after Michael Hussey fell cheaply for 3.
Cardiff Test, Day three: Australia 479/5 (Katich 122, Ponting 150, Clarke 83, North 54*) lead England 435 by 44 runs

Cardiff Test, Day two: Centurions Ponting and Katich defy blunt bowlers

At the start of the second day at Cardiff, England added a flashy 99 in just 16.5 overs after resuming on 336 for seven. Graeme Swann plundered a brisk 47 off 40 balls, before the tail folded.
When the Aussies batted, captain Ricky Ponting (100*) and opener Simon Katich (104*) scored unbeaten centuries during a second wicket partnership of 189 to get them to 249 for one in reply to England's 435 all out.Ponting became the fourth man to score 11,000 test runs, and reached his 38th test hundred off the penultimate ball of the day. Katich's eighth test century, his first against England, took nearly 4-1/2 hours. He was dropped when he was on 10 by Flintoff who regularly bowled around the 145 km/hr mark. Hughes, who scored 36, fell to Flintoff, caught by wicketkeeper Prior.
Cardiff Test, Day two: Australia 249/1 (Katich 104*, Ponting 100*) trail England 435 (Pietersen 69, Collingwood 64, Prior 56, Johnson 3-87, Hauritz 3-95) by 186 runs

Cardiff Test, Day one: See-saw battle as England bat first

Australia quickie Peter Siddle dismissed Andrew Flintoff (37) and Matt Prior (56), who had added 86 in 95 balls, just before stumps to leave England on 336 for seven at the close of day one of the first Ashes test against Australia at Cardiff.
Earlier in the morning, on a flat batting track, Australia struck three deadly blows to even out whatever advantage England had by winning the toss and opting to bat first. After the hosts had been reduced to 90 for three, Kevin Pietersen (69) and Paul Collingwood (64) revived their fortunes with a 138-run fourth-wicket partnership, and dominated the afternoon session as the Australian spinners were unable to extract anything from the pitch. Australia had won the last Ashes 5-0 in 2006-07.
Cardiff Test, Day One: England 336 for 7 (Pietersen 69, Collingwood 64, Prior 56) v Australia

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.