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Issue Date: 06/10/2005
Issue Name: England Ashes Win
Producer: Buckingham Covers
Buy this stunning cover to celebrate England's triumphant win against Australia! Come on, we have to savour it completely! Not just a sporting moment of history either. The miniature sheet is British Postal History. It's the first time that photos of living people (other than Royalty) feature on British stamps. They had to get special permission from Her Majesty for Flintoff to roar at us from the 1st class stamp like that! This cover is available signed by Ian Botham OBE, Bob Willis MBE, Freddie Flintoff MBE, or Kevin Pieterson MBE.
The Battle for the Ashes 2005
One of the greatest Test Series ever
Before the series started, Glenn McGrath predicted a 4 - 1 result to Australia. The first Test at Lords started well for England but, by the end of day one, the result was never in doubt. Australia won by 239 runs. McGrath turned on a superb bowling performance and changed his prediction to 5 - 0. So on to the match at Edgbaston, a thriller, with England winning by 2 runs. At Old Trafford Australia were outplayed, but scraped a draw thanks to bad weather. England again outplayed Australia at Trent Bridge, but almost lost their nerve, eventually winning by just three wickets. England now led by 2 games to 1 with all to play for at the Oval.
The final test match was like the previous four, an Agatha Christie story with twists and turns. Eventually the weather won so England won the Ashes 2 - 1.
During the series various England players regularly took responsibility when all seemed lost. This was a great team efford with a superby, tactical captain in Michael Vaughan.
This special issue honours the team the first to regain The Ashes since 1986 - 7.
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Sir Ian Terence Botham, OBE is an English former cricketer and current cricket commentator. Widely regarded as one of the greatest all-rounders in cricket history, Botham represented England in both Test and One-Day International cricket.
Robert George Dylan Willis MBE, known as Bob Willis, is an English former cricketer, who played for Surrey, Warwickshire, Northern Transvaal and England.
Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff MBE is an English former international cricketer and current broadcaster. Playing primarily for Lancashire, Flintoff played all forms of the game and was one of the sport's leading all rounders, serving as a fast bowler, middle order batsman and talented slip fielder.
Kevin Pietersen MBE is a former English cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and occasional off spin bowler who played test cricket for England between 2005 and 2014.