Almost after one and a half years, The Ashes will be back with action and this time, England will be hosting the oldest and most distinguished tournament. This English summer, Australia will look forward to retaining the trophy as they lifted the Ashes urn in the last edition of the series held in Australia.
With the fabled competition just a few days away, let’s remember some Aussie and England players who lit up the coveted Test series with their unprecedented performances. In the last few decades, both teams have played a lot of competitive cricket and delivered a great many swashbuckling performances to folks who are fervent supporters of Test cricket. Recounting memories, one can also make a formidable Australia-England playing XI, picking up some prolific names.
Here is the combined Australia-England Ashes XI squad
1. Matthew Hayden
Matthew Hayden was known for his belligerent batting attitude in all forms of the game. In Test cricket, he served Australia for 12 years and made it to the list of most successful batters. Talking about his numbers in Ashes, the left-handed batter played 20 matches, in which he scored 1’461 runs with five centuries and a couple of fifties in 35 innings.
In the 2002-03 Ashes, Australia hosted England and clinched a 4-1 victory under Steve Waugh, and Hayden played a major role with his bat. With 496 runs in eight innings of five matches at an average of 62.00, he ended up becoming the highest run-getter for his team.
The dasher appeared in Ashes for the last time in the 2006-07 edition and this time, he powered his team with his spunky batting. Chipping in with 413 runs in nine innings of five matches, he played a pivotal part in his team’s one-sided 5-0 win in the series.
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