After the energy sapping but morale boosting last gasp draw in Cardiff, England went on to record an historic triumph at Lord's - inspired by the mercurial Andrew Flintoff - before the spoils were shared at a sodden Edgbaston.
England entered into the fourth Test at Headingley knowing victory in Yorkshire would be enough to regain the Ashes they surrendered in 2006-07 but, after electing to bat, things got off to a truly catastrophic start for the hosts.
Captain Andrew Strauss was dismissed inside the first four overs, prompting an almighty collapse as England were skittled for just 102 in barely two and a half hours worth of batting on day one.
Simon Katich was ousted by Steve Harmison for a duck in the Australia response, but Shane Watson and Ricky Ponting took the visitors beyond England's total before the former succumbed lbw to Graham Onions.
Stuart Broad then proceeded to instigate an England fightback as he trapped Ponting in front with the Australia skipper having reached 78, before breaching the defences of Michael Hussey in his following over.
Australia staged a response courtesy of Michael Clarke and Marcus North, before the former and next man in Brad Haddin were dismissed in quick succession, and Broad ended the stubborn resistance of the tail.
Broad had Mitchell Johnson caught by Ravi Bopara and cleaned up Peter Siddle for a golden duck, before Stuart Clark was the last man out when he too was bowled by the 23-year-old man from Nottingham.
Figures of 6-91 represented Broad's best in Test match cricket, with the haul his second of five wickets or more since making his debut for England against Sri Lanka in December 2007.
England, however, were unable to repeat the heroics of Cardiff in Leeds - despite a fine knock from Broad (more on that later in our series) - as Australia completed a comfortable innings victory going into the final Test at The Oval.