England won the Ashes on this day in 2005 for the first time since 1987 after drawing the final Test against Australia at The Oval for a famous 2-1 series win.
Michael Vaughan’s side produced one of the country’s greatest sporting moments to end a run of eight losses in the Ashes series after seven weeks of tense action gripped the nation.
It was a dramatic conclusion to what is widely regarded as one of the best series between the two nemesis.
Kevin Pietersen’s thrilling century on the final day of the fifth Test – his first for England in a Test match – knocked Australia out of the game after England were in a dangerous position at lunch.
Pietersen set the tone for his stellar career with a majestic 158, memorable for the way he took on Brett Lee in the second session.
There were jubilant scenes at the end as Vaughan became the first England captain since Mike Gatting to lift the famous urn.
Few would have supported that result after the first Test, which saw England suffer the familiar taste of defeat at Lord’s, where they lost by 239 runs.
But a thrilling two-round win at Edgbaston turned the tide, with Ricky Ponting’s side waiting for a draw at Old Trafford before falling by three wickets at Trent Bridge and setting up the exciting final at the Oval.
The Queen and Prime Minister Tony Blair led the tributes, while Vaughan’s side gave an enthusiastic reception during a victory parade the following day in Trafalgar Square, London.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/cricket/england-michael-vaughan-australia-tony-blair-trafalgar-square-b2165108.html On this day in 2005: England Ashes win for the first time since 1987 after a draw at the Oval