Following the horror of the 2006-07 whitewash in Australia, England bounced back, winning a series almost as gripping as 2005. Sadly, hidden behind the paywall of television broadcaster, Sky, the 2009 edition kept a much lower profile with the general public than that magical summer of ’05.
None-the-less, for aficionados (and Sky subscribers) 2009 ebbed and flowed magnificently until the very end when England set Australia a monstrous and ultimately unachievable last Innings score. End result, a classic win for a once more dominant England against a "new" Australian team trying to find itself.
Much more was to come in the next Ashes from England.
Players in this set:
Australia: BW Hilfenhaus, GA Manou, MEK Hussey, MG Johnson, MJ Clarke, MJ North, NM Hauritz, PJ Hughes, PM Siddle, RT Ponting, SM Katich, SR Clark, SR Watson
England: A Flintoff, AJ Strauss, AN Cook, G Onions, GP Swann, IJL Trott, IR Bell, JM Anderson, KP Pietersen, MJ Prior, MS Panesar, PD Collingwood, RS Bopara, SCJ Broad, SJ Harmison
This set of Advanced Player Cards is available as a downloadable PDF immediately after purchase.
For more information on the 2009 Series, try England captain, Andrew Strauss's, essay in the 2020 Wisden.
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