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Ashes Rewind: Hoggard and Jones relive 2005


The pressure was well and truly upon England’s shoulders as they went into the fourth Test of the 2005 Ashes Series at Trent Bridge.

The series stood at 1-1 after England had engineered a 2 run win over Australia at Edgbaston a few weeks before which cancelled out the tourists' first Test victory at Lord’s.

The third Test at Old Trafford had ended with an exciting draw.

But 63 from Marcus Trescothick, 166 for Michael Vaughan and a bowling performance of 6/53 from Simon Jones had whetted the appitie of the England players and fans alike and set up the drama of the fourth Test.

As the game began England appeared to be dealing with the pressure well.

Batting first, the home side put 477 runs on the board with Trescothick (65), Vaughan (58), Andrew Flintoff (102) and Geraint Jones (85) all finding good form.

In reply Australia were stunned by a combination of Simon Jones – who finished with figures of 5/44 – and Matthew Hoggard (3/70) who together helped reduce Australia to 218 all out with their reverse and away swing respectively.

Having enforced the follow on, Ricky Ponting's side were put into bat again and their second innings produced one of the most famous wickets in cricketing history when Ponting was run out by substitute fielder Gary Pratt, who was on the field as Jones had suffered an ankle injury.

Half centuries from Justin Langer, Michael Clarke and Simon Katich meant that the men in green and gold had a total of 387 when the final wicket fell.

With only 129 runs required to win and over a day to get them the task appeared simple for England, but a spectacular spell of bowling from Shane Warne - 4/31 off 13.5 overs at an economy rate of 2.24 – sparked a nerve-wracking England batting collapse.

At the beginning of the Test nobody could have predicted that it would fall to Hoggard and Ashley Giles to get England over the line with three wickets in hand – least of all Hoggard himself.

So how must it have felt to have emerged victorious from such a closely fought match?

The Lord's YouTube channel sat down with Hoggard and Jones and asked them.


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