Discovered these superb videos of the 2005 Ashes series while recovering on the sofa this afternoon;
Ashes 2005 - HIDDEN ASHES - First Test - Lord's - YouTube
Ashes 2005 - HIDDEN ASHES - Second Test - Edgbaston - YouTube
Ashes 2005 - HIDDEN ASHES - Third Test - Old Trafford - YouTube
Ashes 2005 - HIDDEN ASHES - Fourth Test - Trent Bridge - YouTube
Ashes 2005 - HIDDEN ASHES - Fifth Test - The Oval - YouTube
Here's some random thoughts after watching all 5 Tests;
We all remember the bowling of Flintoff, but Simon Jones was an unsung hero who set-up the series victory for England. If his knees didn't cave-in then his career would have been as successful as Waqar Younis. He really was that good.
Australia relied too much on Glenn McGrath to get them out-of-gaol; and when he wasn't around because of an ankle injury - lost.
Ashley Giles was an ordinary player but had a great temperment that enabled him to score vital runs under pressure and chip in with timely wickets.
Matt Hoggard was a great swing bowler on English pitches.
Ricky Ponting had a habit of making bad decisions at key moments that cost.
Adam Gilchrist having a dismal series with the bat was a major contributing factor to Australia losing.
Brett Lee was probably a better bowler, better batsman, and more valuable player than we give him credit for.
Warne was as good a show-man on the field as he was a spin bowler.
In effect, England won the series with only 10 players because Bell's contribution was relatively nothing.
Both batting line-ups were eratic and inconsistent but individual English batsman managed to score big when it really mattered.