The Ashes is the most historic and storied clash in international cricket and it is still regarded as the most important Test series in the cricketing calendar. The first series Test series between the two nations was played in 1876-77, but it was not known as The Ashes at the time.
The series got its moniker in 1882, and has been known by it ever since.
This year England and Australia will contest the 70th Ashes series Down Under in 135 years and hence it is a good time to look back at some of the visitors' best batsmen in the series. Some of England's greatest batsmen have performed magnificent feats in the Test series against the old enemy but some of them stand out for their stupendous performances.
Here is a look at 5 of the best performers among English batsmen.
5 Maurice Leyland
Left-handed middle-order batsman Maurice Leyland played for a period of 9 years, and participated in a total of 6 Ashes series. He remains one of the most successful English batsmen in the history of the contest.
Among the 9 centuries that he scored in his career, 7 of them were scored in the Ashes and he averaged 56.83 in 20 Tests against Australia, as opposed to his career average of 46.06. Needless to say, it is pretty clear that Leyland raised his game against the Australians.
In his very first innings against Australia at Melbourne back in 1929, he scored 137 and went on to score heavily against them over the next 5 series. In the 1934 series in England, the hosts ended up on the losing side but Leyland peeled off 3 centuries at an average of 68.28.
In is last innings in the 1938 Ashes at The Oval, Leyland scored 187, which would be the highest score in his career.