England had to win the final Test at The Oval in 2009 to regain the Ashes they had relinquished on their previous tour of Australia, and a devastating spell of bowling from Stuart Broad edged the hosts towards the precious urn.
Andrew Strauss had won the toss and elected to bat in the decisive encounter in south London, but England were unable to make hay while the sun was shining; reaching only 332 all out, with just two players passing 50.
Australia began brightly in response as Shane Watson and Simon Katich reached 73 without loss before Broad, on as third change, dramatically turned the match in the favour of England.
Watson was the first victim of a charged up Broad as the Australia opener was trapped in front, before the England bowler claimed the prized wicket of Ricky Ponting, who played on to a sharp rising delivery.
Michael Hussey was the next to go in Broad's following over with the left-hander undone lbw by a ball that jagged back off the seam and Michael Clarke was caught by Jonathan Trott to end a remarkable spell of bowling.
Broad claimed four wickets for eight runs to reduce Australia to 93-4, before later breaching the defences of Brad Haddin as the visitors crumbled to 160 all out.
It was Broad's second successive five-wicket haul of the series as he finished of figures with 5-37, and England went on to win the match and the series by 197 runs.