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The top English players based on their performance in the Ashes series

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The Ashes series is due next year, and no wonder the excitement levels have already started. It would be right to confer after the India-Pakistan rivalry, and this one is right on top of the cricket buffs. The Ashes news promises to be one of the most exciting encounters to be played between England and Australia. It is a career opportunity that makes or breaks a player. Below are some noteworthy performances that have been dished out by the England cricketers in the last few decades or so.

Graeme Swann

He has gone on to publicly claim his love for the Ashes, and he feels it is the pinnacle in the life of any cricketer. A testimony to this fact is that he has gone on to play three Ashes series and won all of them, which is really a wonderful achievement. It has something to do with this attitude. He is one of the few England players who has gone on to bring his best to the occasion, and in the victories of all the matches, his role has been phenomenal. One of his proudest achievements will be taking the final wicket in the Ashes Test at the Oval in 2009.

Douglas Jardine

In the famous bodyline tour of 1933–34, he was the captain who altered the landscape of cricket. He went on to give instructions to these bowlers to adopt a leg stump line and put in a host of fielders on the leg side. At the same time, he was not bothered by any negative comments that came at this juncture. This aggression came as a surprise to the Australian batsman, who was caught off guard by these tactics. They were not able to score, and England easily went on to win the series. But this did bring about a major change in the laws of the game.

Michael Vaughan

Along with Andrew Flintoff, he is rated an “Ashes hero.” The main reason he achieved this tag is because of his outstanding captaincy in the Ashes series of 2005. His battle with Shane Warne is still fresh in our memories, and in the Ashes series of 2002, he was an outstanding batsman.

Jim Laker

In a test match at Old Trafford in 1956, he went on to take 19 of the 20 wickets that fell. 10 of the wickets fell in the second innings. Anil Kumble and Ajax Patel went on to repeat the feat in the present century. One thing is for sure he would be always remembered for his performance at Old Trafford

Harold Larwood

You hear this name, and the main thing that comes to mind is that he was one of the pioneers when it came to the bodyline tactics that were employed in the Ashes series. In 15 tests against Australia, he went on to capture 64 wickets.

Alastair Cook

It would be perfectly all right to start off with a man who made a staggering 766 runs in the Ashes series of 2010-22011. In the first test of the tour, he went on to score a double century, which had a major impact on the result of the series. Before the series, he had been struggling, but he let his bat do the talking during this trip. There was an enormous transformation, and his appetite to score runs is nothing short of phenomenal. No score is enough, and the sheer volume of runs that he scored during this time is a testimony to his ability. After 24 years of pain in the Ashes series, this was the first time England went on to win a series.

Ian Bell

Another player is rated as the lucky mascot for the English team. Ian Bell has gone on to be part of the five Ashes series, and he has returned the winner in four of them. Whenever the team has won, the role of this player in accumulating runs has been immense. But things did change considerably after the Ashes series of 2013, where, due to his performance, he was shown the door. From that period of time, he was never the same player at any point in time. A few of the experts would argue that the Ashes could be remembered as the “Bells” series.

Kevin Pietersen

Being eligible to play for South Africa, he went on to choose England, and he let his performance do all the talking. Well, who can forget the great innings of 158 runs that he played on the final day of an Ashes test match in 2005? He is responsible for a number of victories, and just like his peer Ian Bell, he has been an instrumental figure in England’s victories. But Mitchell Johnson did get the better of him on a few occasions, and it would be fair to say that he was made a scapegoat for the Ashes failure in 2013. Of late he is a reputed commentator

Andrew Flintoff

Being compared to the legendary Ian Botham, one of the greatest all-rounders who has gone on to play the game for England. The Ashes series of 2005 was an epitome of sorts, and he went on to deliver performances time after time in this series. His spell of 14 overs has turned out to be one of the best spell of fast bowling in the cricket world till this point of time. At this point in time, he went on to play the game in such a way that he was the hero of the nation.

Ian Botham

Well who cannot forget the hero of Ashes cricket and Ian Botham is the name that springs up on the top. In the 1981 Ashes series, he put on noteworthy performances with both bat and ball that made the world wake up and take notice of him. It is not only about his bowling or batting but his outstanding personality did charm the audience on the cricket field.

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