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    The history of The Ashes in pictures, part 2

    • Australia swept England in a hastily-arranged series in 1979-80, with Dennis Lillee taking the most wickets (23) for any bowler. He took 11 for 138 at the MCG as Australia made it 3-0. (Getty Images)

    • England's Centenary Test, to mark the centenary of the first Test played in England - at The Oval in 1880 - was a rain-hit affair in 1980. It was so bad that spectators offered to help mop up with their jackets. (PA Photos)

    • Botham's Ashes is what the 1981 series came to be known as. Ian Botham's all-round efforts (399 runs and 34 wickets) were all the difference as England won 3-1, with his epic 149* at Headingley changing the tone of the series. (Getty Images)

    • Australia's Geoff Lawson was the outstanding bowler of the 1982-83 series (34 wickets at 20.20) as the hosts won 2-1 over a weakened England side to bring the Ashes home. (Getty Images)

    • England grabbed back the little urn in the summer of 1985 courtesy a 3-1 win at home. David Gower, the England captain, gave the hosts an unassailable 2-0 lead at Edgbaston with a splendid 215. (Getty Images)

    • England toured Australia in 1986-87 and clinched a famous 2-1 victory, highlighted by three centuries by Chris Broad. (Patrick Eager)

    • A one-off Test to celebrate Australia's bicentenary celebrations at Sydney in 1988 was drawn. It is mostly remembered for Broad's tantrum when he was dismissed for 139 - he smashed his stumps with his bat. (Getty Images)

    • Terry Alderman dominated with the ball on the 1989 tour of England, on which Australia blanked Gower's England 4-0 in six Tests. Alderman took 41 wickets; in contrast, the best any Englishman managed was 12. (Getty Images)

    • Australia's dominance continued at home in 1990-91 as they beat England 3-0. The series saw Mark Waugh score a hundred on debut at Adelaide. (Getty Images)

    • The start of an era. Shane Warne, with his first delivery in an Ashes Test, bowled Mike Gatting around his legs at Old Trafford in 1993. Warne went on to finish with 34 wickets in Australia's 4-1 triumph. (David Munden/Popperfoto)

    • In 1994-95, under a new captain in Mark Taylor, Australia had few troubles beating England 3-1. Michael Slater was England's chief tormentor, racking up 623 in five Tests with three hundreds. (Getty Images)

    • Taylor led Australia to a 3-2 Ashes win in the summer of 1997. Steve Waugh (left) played a big part with twin centuries at Old Trafford as the visitors levelled the series. (Getty Images)

    • At home in 1998-99, Australia drubbed England 3-1 with skipper Steve Waugh named Man of the Series for his 498 runs and astute leadership. (Getty Images)

    • Glenn McGrath and Warne shared 63 wickets in 2001 as England were beaten 4-1 at home. It was Australia's seventh successive Ashes victory. (Getty Images)

    • Michael Vaughan waged a mostly single-handed battle in Australia on the 2002-03 tour, scoring a mammoth 633 runs in another 4-1 defeat. Vaughan was named Man of the Series. (Getty Images)

    • In the most influential Ashes performance by an England cricketer since Ian Botham's 1981 heroics, Andrew Flintoff (402 runs, 24 wickets) helped the hosts reclaim the urn after 16 years during the unforgettable summer of 2005. (Getty Images)

    • Vaughan, Kevin Pietersen and Flintoff each played roles in England's winning back of the Ashes in 2005. Here, they are seen celebrating atop an open bus during the England team's parade through London. (Getty Images)

    • Eighteen months on from the glory of 2005, England were routed 5-0, the first whitewash in Ashes cricket since 1920-21. In this picture, Justin Langer and Matthew Hayden, arms raised, celebrate Australia regaining the Ashes. (Getty Images)

    • Damien Martyn, Langer, McGrath and Warne retired from Test cricket following Australia's thrashing of England. (Getty Images)

    • At home in 2009, led by Andrew Strauss, England reclaimed the Ashes by a 2-1 margin. (Getty Images)

    • Defeat in England was bitter for the current and future captains, Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke. (AFP)

    • In 2010-11, Australia were beaten 3-1 by England, their first Ashes loss at home in 24 years. (Getty Images)