The FIVE best Tests I’ve seen
1 HEADINGLEY 2019: ENGLAND WON BY ONE WICKET
WHEN last man Jack Leach walked out to join Ben Stokes on the fourth day of the third Ashes Test, England still needed 73 to win. They didn’t have a prayer — only for Stokes to start hitting miraculous sixes.
To the delight of a raucous Leeds crowd, he cracked Pat Cummins for the winning four to finish on 135 (below). Leach made an equally crucial one not out.
2 EDGBASTON 2005: ENGLAND WON BY TWO RUNS
TAIL-END resistance had left Australia needing just three more to win when Steve Harmison had last man Michael Kasprowicz caught behind by Geraint Jones. England went on to ride the wave of a magical summer and win the Ashes for the first time in 18 years.
3 WELLINGTON 2022-23: NEW ZEALAND WON BY ONE RUN
THIS was the 2,494th Test — and only the fourth to be won by a team who followed on. New Zealand’s gritty second-innings 483 left Stokes’s side needing 258. Thanks to Neil Wagner’s last-gasp dismissal of Jimmy Anderson, England fell agonisingly short.
4 CARDIFF 2009: MATCH DRAWN
ENGLAND entered the last day two wickets down and 219 short of avoiding an innings loss. But Paul Collingwood kept Australia at bay, before last pair Anderson and Monty Panesar survived the final 69 balls to earn a draw. They later reclaimed the urn with a 2-1 series win.
5 TRENT BRIDGE 2013: ENGLAND WON BY 14 RUNS
AUSTRALIA needed 311 to kick-start the 2013 Ashes with victory, but looked down and out at 231 for nine. Brad Haddin and James Pattinson chipped away at the total, until Anderson had Haddin caught behind to claim his 10th wicket of the match.