Mitchell Johnson’s 37 wickets (2013-14)
Mitchell Johnson entered the 2013-14 Ashes Series as one of the most maligned bowlers in Test cricket and a whipping boy of the Barmy Army.
But by the end of the summer he walked away a hero. Johnson led the Aussies to a 5-0 whitewash with aggressive bowling resulting in 37 wickets at an average of 13.97. His iconic handlebar moustache set the scene from the first test, as did his equally as iconic short balls that sent shivers down English spines.
His five-over spell in the second Test at the Adelaide Oval of 5-16 set up the whitewash, dominating each and every Test to return the urn back to Australia.
Steve Smith’s 215 at Lord’s (2015)
The 2015 Ashes series was one to forget from an Australian perspective, however, Steve Smith’s double-century at Lord’s was certainly memorable.
Smith’s 215 made him the first Australian since 1938 to score a double-ton at Lord’s and alongside Chris Rogers’ 173 guided the Aussies to a declaration of 8-566, and a second Test victory.
Smith would go on to take over captaincy from the retiring Michael Clarke after the series, and his magnificent display at Lord’s did his credentials no harm.
Peter Siddle’s hat-trick (2010)
“Peter Siddle’s got a hat-trick on his birthday!!!”. Everyone remembers where they were when the Aussie workhorse Peter Siddle took a hat-trick at the first Test at the Gabba in 2010.
The first wicket came from an edge off the bat of Alastair Cook, followed by a clean-bowl of Matthew Prior’s off-stump, setting up the hat-trick ball.
Stuart Broad came to the crease clearly unprepared after the sudden fall of wickets, and as the Gabba crowd fired Siddle into action, the quick struck Broad’s boot with a yorker, completing the hat-trick with a beautiful LBW.
Ashton Agar’s debut (2013)
Ashton Agar’s debut at Trent Bridge in 2013 will go down in Ashes folklore forever. The teenage debutant strolled to the crease coming in at number 11, with the Aussies falling apart at 9-117, but produced something amazing.
The left-hander, who was brought into the side for spin bowling and was relatively unknown, hit an incredible 98 runs from 101 balls to steer Australia to an improbable first innings lead alongside Phil Hughes, setting the record for runs scored by a No.11 batsman.
James Anderson and Graeme Swann were wrecking havoc with ball in hand, but even they couldn’t halt the incredible composure displayed by Agar. Unfortunately Agar’s heroics couldn’t deliver the victory however, with the Aussies falling short by 14 runs.
Mike Hussey and Brad Haddin’s record partnership (2010)
On the same test as Siddle’s hat-trick, veterans Mike Hussey and Brad Haddin combined for the biggest partnership in Gabba test cricket history by an Australian pair, putting on an incredible 307-run partnership. Hussey recorded a career-best 195-runs, while wicketkeeper Haddin scored 136 to give the Aussies a commanding lead.
Amazingly, the record broken by the pair which had stood since 1946, was broken again by Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott in the same test, leading to an unlikely draw.