To celebrate Joe Root's magnificent effort of 180 in the recent second Ashes Test at Lord's, this gallery highlights a number of other outstanding Ashes performances through the years.
From Fred 'Demon' Spofforth in the 1800s to Hobbs, Sutcliffe, Bradman, Cowdrey, Laker, Boycott, Botham, Warne and Pietersen, the Ashes has produced some of the very best performances the cricket world has ever seen, some of which are showcased above.
These images from have been very kindly supplied from When Cricket Was Cricket: The Ashes by Adam Powley which is available from all good bookshops and direct from Haynes at www.haynes.co.uk priced £25.00.
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