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7 players who always stepped up in the Ashes

There's something about the Ashes that makes it supremely exciting. There are sparks flying, and the kind of electricity in the air can only be ri ...

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Feature 06 Jul 2015, 14:43 IST
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There's something about the Ashes that makes it supremely exciting. There are sparks flying, and the kind of electricity in the air can only be rivaled by an India-Pakistan match, if at all. The Ashes is so exciting that it finds its place in the legendary the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. But pop culture and fans apart, the Ashes has seen some tremendous performances over the years. Here are our favourite seven players who have stepped up to the occassion and played their hearts out.

#7 Michael Vaughan

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Vaughan is one of those players you immediately relate to the Ashes

Vaughan’s batting average speaks for itself. His career Test batting average stands at 41.44, but if you look at his batting average only for the Ashes, then it is a considerably higher 47.95. He is a legend who scored 633 runs, including three centuries in the 2002-03 Ashes. He broke England’s dry spell, leading them to an Ashes victory in 2005 after eighteen long years.

His career launched in the real sense in the 2002-03 Ashes, where after a poor start in the first Test, he scored 177 and 41 in the next. During the fourth Test, he scored 145. And in the final Test, he was declared out at 185 which was actually a wrong decision. Vaughan is one of those cricketers who will forever be remembered in relation to the Ashes, as a formidable enemy by the Aussies.

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