I was lucky to be part of special Ashes occasions - Andrew Strauss

Andrew Strauss tells us that he was "lucky" to be involved in some "special" Ashes occasions, especialy winning against Australia in 2005, 2009 and 2010/11.

We asked him at the D & G Partners' Nashy's Ashes event in London to give us some of his favourite Ashes memories, and he initially said there were too many to mention before giving it a go.

"Obviously winning in Australia in 2010/11, winning in 2009, and I suppose most strikingly really being part of that incredible 2005 Ashes victory against that great Australian team," he said.

Strauss was captain when England won the Ashes at home in 2009 and then in Australia in 2010/11 with the latter ending a long barren run without a series win in Australia.

In 2009, they won the decisive fifth Test at The Oval to clinch a 2-1 series win while in Australia in 2010/11 it was more comprehensive, as they ran out 3-1 winners.

It is 2005, however, that is still talked about more than any other series in recent memory as England's win, by two Tests to one, saw them hold the Ashes for the first time since 1989, and beat a very strong Australian side.

Strauss scored a brace of centuries in the series, one at Old Trafford, another in the decider at The Oval and also took an outstanding catch at Trent Bridge to dismiss Adam Gilchrist.

In all, Strauss hit 1,421 runs in his 20 Tests against Australia, with four centuries, seven half-centuries and a best of 161, made at Lord's in 2009.

It is a record that stands up to his own assertion that for English players and fans, the Ashes hold more significance than any othe rmatches.

"The Ashes series is what you kind of live or die by as an England player, it's what you are remembered for," he said.

"I've been very lucky to be a part of some very special occasions," he added.

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