After almost two months of top quality cricket in the summer of 2009, England finally got their hands on the Ashes urn once again.
The regaining of the trophy was in no small part down to Stuart Broad’s efforts throughout the series, with the seamer taking 18 wickets in the five matches.
Michael Clarke was his only victim in the first test as England clung on for a draw in Cardiff, but there was much more joy around the corner.
Broad snared Brad Haddin and Mitchel Johnson at a crucial stage in the first innings of the second test, and added the priceless wicket of Ricky Ponting in the second innings as England won at Lords.
Rain played its part in ruining the possibility of a positive result in the third test, but not before Broad made a half-century in England’s first innings total of 376. He then took two wickets in the Australia second innings as the spoils were shared at Edgbaston.
The fourth test was one to forget for England with the bat, and but for Broad’s efforts with the ball, things could have been even worse at Headingley. Ponting, Mike Hussey, Marcus North, Johnson, Peter Siddle and Stuart Clark all fell to the Nottinghamshire-born bowler as he claimed figures of 6-91.
He then hit 61 in the second innings, but it wasn’t enough as England were skittled out for 263 – losing by an innings and 80 runs.
That meant everything was riding on the fifth test at the Oval, and Broad was to play a key role in helping his country get their hands on the trophy they lost 5-0 in Australia two-and-a-half years earlier.
A notable contribution of 37 with the bat helped England score 332 in the first innings, before Broad ripped through Australia with the ball to leave the tourists in trouble.
Shane Watson was the key wicket at the top of the order, before Ponting fell once again. Hussey followed for a duck, with Clarke back in the hutch not long after. Haddin was clean bowled and Broad finished with figures of 5-37 – his stunning spell helping reduce Australia to a total of just 160.
29 more runs followed in the second innings, before Watson was again removed when the ball was back in his hand. It was Broad’s only success, but he’d already done the damage, finishing the series as England’s top wicket-taker.
It also meant Broad would get his hands on the urn at the first time of asking, propelling himself to his current status as one of world cricket’s most dangerous bowlers. He also showed that, when required, he’s more than capable of scoring a timely knock with the bat.