Celebrating a glorious summer of cricket, this comprehensive insight into the most thrilling Test series ever played -- the battle for the 2005 Ashes -- is a story captured by the best in sports writing and journalism, with exclusive contributions from within the England camp and filled with the finest photographs from the summer's action. There has never been a Test series like it. The gladiatorial clash between England and Australia for the 2005 Ashes has had all the vital ingredients of an epic sporting battle: heroic individual deeds, nail-biting finishes, dramatic swings of fortune, and concluding with that elusive holy grail -- England capturing Test cricket's greatest prize for the first time in 20 years. The Daily Telegraph has collected together in this definitive account of the series the best of its insightful, informed and always challenging journalism.
Told through cricket correspondent Derek Pringle's day-by-day match reports, the story of the series is seen as it evolves through each game -- from the opening salvoes at Lord's to the grand finale at the Oval -- celebrating the heroes and villains on the field, and how this summer of unsurpassed sporting endeavour has stoked a nation to fever-pitch. Contributing to the story, the wry humour of columnist Martin Johnson's interjections contrasts with the more analytical and in-depth views on the cricket from renowned former players and writers like Mark Nicholas, Simon Hughes and Simon Briggs. From the current players' perspective, England opener Marcus Trescothick supplies the match-by-match drama as it occurs, with Australia's Matthew Hayden supplying his views from the opposition camp. Full scorecards for each Test and individual player performance statistics complete a comprehensive package. With over one hundred specially selected photographs capturing the breathless action on the field, 'England's Ashes' will be THE must-have souvenir book of this enthralling summer of cricket.
Derek Pringle is the Daily Telegraph's cricket correspondent and one of the most respected reporters on the game.