2005 was the year England eventually triumphed over Australia at the Ashes, winning by only two runs. A monumental moment, it was England’s first Ashes win since 1987.
It had been a dramatic and intense game preceded by three days of relentless highs and lows, capped with suspense, intrigue and human drama. The now-famous two-run victory is considered to be one of the most riveting endings to a match that is also held to be the greatest test series.
The competitive rivalry between the two countries was beyond palpable and at the final fall of the last Australian wicket, England fans erupted in euphoria.
At the wicket, Australian player Brett Lee collapsed in defeat. Rather than celebrate with his teammates, Freddie Flintoff, who had dominated the series for England, walked over to the anguished Lee, patted him on the back, offered a handshake and consoled him in what has become known as an iconic moment of true sportsmanship.
This single act of humanity and kindness is remembered by fans around the world – a poignant hand of support offered by a champion to his rival in a time of need.