When Chris Tremlett took the wicket of Michael Beer on 7 January 2011, England won the Ashes in Australia for the first time in 24 years of pain and toil. Not only that - England did it in style, with the margin of victory 3-1, which included a remarkable total of three innings defeats for Australia.
In Winning The Ashes Down Under, Andrew Strauss tells the full inside story of the long run-up to the Ashes series, as well as the highs and lows, triumphs and near disasters, of the five Test series itself. With excerpts from his daily diary, Strauss reveals what happened behind the scenes. The dramatic draw in Brisbane after centuries by Strauss, Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott; the victory in Adelaide following sublime batting from Cook and Kevin Pietersen; the surprise of Australian victory in Perth after England collapsed; the remarkable bouncing back to victory at Melbourne which meant England retained the Ashes; and the emotional final Test in which England won the Ashes in Australia for the first time since 1987.
Including Strauss's analysis of England's and Australia's players, Winning the Ashes Down Under reveals how it all went so right.
Andrew Strauss was born in 1977 and spent his early years in South Africa, Australia and England. Strauss wrote his name into the record books when he became only the fourth batsman to score a century at Lord's on his Test debut, in 2004. In 2009 Strauss was named England captain and was subsequently named Man of the Series in the victory over Australia that year. In 2011, Strauss joined an exclusive club when he also won the Ashes in Australia. Strauss is married with two children.
Published by Hodder & Stoughton - 26th May 2011 - £18.99 Hardback