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Most people gave England a modest chance of success. Some, like Glenn McGrath, insisted that history would repeat itself and Australia would administer another 5-0 whitewash. What no-one anticipated was that the 2010-11 Ashes Tests would see one of the most complete performances ever by an England touring side, the first Ashes victory on Australian soil for 24 years, with, uniquely, three innings victories.

It was a series, indeed a tour, full of remarkable records, from the bats of Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott, and the ball of James Anderson and Graham Swann. Every member of the side made crucial contributions – even those like Chris Tremlett and Tim Bresnan who had not originally been first choices for the Tests.

Now, Gideon Haigh, ‘one of the best living writers on cricket’ (Daily Telegraph), tells the full story of this amazing sporting achievement. Beginning with the build-up to the series - Australia going into it on the back of an uncharacteristic losing run, England after a year of quietly solid consolidation – he covers each Test, day by day, in pithy match reports and elegant analyses.

Ashes 2011 is the perfect way to re-live a memorable sporting triumph.

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