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Michael Vaughan tweets Mitchell Johnson brilliant moment from 2011 Ashes

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The commencement of the biggest and best rivalry in Cricket, the Ashes are now just over a week away.

In the lead-up to the series, ex-players are casting their minds back to memorable moments in the age-old rivalry.

One memory which English fans and players will never forget was when they retained the Ashes in emphatic fashion down under in 2010/11, winning the series 3-1.

One Aussie who will reflect on that series with particularly painful memories is Mitchell Johnson.

The targeting of Johnson by the 'Barmy Army' began in England some 18 months earlier where he bowled a number of wayward spells and was a key factor why Australia lost that series 2-1.

While Johnson managed to regain his form for the Australian summer against the West Indies and Pakistan, it was going to be a completely different story when England came to tour.

Mental disintegration is something that Australian teams have fed on for years, where they identify the weakness of their opposition and are relentless until they are successful.

The shoe was on the other foot on this occasion, with England getting momentum early on with an admirable draw in Brisbane and an emphatic win in Adelaide.

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While the Aussies hit back hard with a thumping win in Perth (with Johnson in peak form), England rounded out the series with two innings victories in Melbourne and Sydney.

A memorable moment from the Sydney test was when Johnson was serenaded by the English supporters coming out to bat in the second innings.

Johnson was clean bowled by Chris Tremlett for a first ball duck, putting an exclamation point on the series as a whole.

It is certainly something which ex-England Michael Vaughan captain remembers fondly as he reminded everyone - including Johnson - on Twitter this week.

To his credit, Johnson responded with good humour by replying: "It was really loud if I recall @MichaelVaughan 🤦🏼‍♂️ I think they have banned swaying this summer 😁."

Johnson did not shy away from his failings and admitted that the Barmy Army mentally got into his head and affected his performance.

However, the left arm quick got the ultimate revenge three years later as inflicted hell on the English batsmen, claiming 37 wickets and deservedly winning the man of the series award in the 5-0 series thrashing.

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Will Mitchell Starc prove to be the same figure of torment for the English batsmen this time around, or will Jimmy Anderson, the grand old man of the English attack, lead them to a memorable victory?

What is certain is that it will be five Test matches full of captivating cricket.

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