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On This Day in 2006 - Australia win back the Ashes

In the previous series, England had won back the urn for the first time in 18 years.

England surrendered the Ashes on this day in 2006 after they slipped to a 206-run defeat in Perth to give Australia an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

Comprehensive losses in the first two Tests had put Andrew Flintoff's men under pressure ahead of the third encounter.

Despite little separating the teams after the first innings, Australia showed their superiority after and wrapped up the victory and series early into the afternoon session on day five.

England players show their disappointment after the Ashes are lost
England players show their disappointment after the Ashes are lost (Gareth Copley/PA)

After folding under the pressure in Brisbane and Adelaide, the visitors were eager to not relinquish the Ashes at the earliest opportunity but could only produce 215 in response to the hosts' total of 244 first up.

Centuries from Michael Hussey, Michael Clarke and Adam Gilchrist set England 557 to win or more realistically the task of surviving more than two days of play.

Alastair Cook and Ian Bell, who scored 87, helped ensure Australia needed the final day to seal victory after the opener hit 116.

On 265 for five, England needed heroics from Kevin Pietersen and Flintoff and while both made half-centuries, it was not enough.

Shane Warne made the breakthrough when he bowled the away skipper and finished with four for 115 to dismiss England for 350 just after lunch, with Pietersen stranded on 60 not out and the Ashes back in Australian hands.

Further defeats at Melbourne and Sydney saw head coach Duncan Fletcher and his players suffer a 5-0 series whitewash to lose possession of the urn in embarrassing fashion.

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Friday's key events

· Great Britain's women aim to secure their place on the podium as they face India in the bronze medal match (2.30am)
· Netherlands - silver medallists five years ago - and Argentina battle for the gold medal in the women's final (11am)

· The women's gold medal will be decided as Australia and USA go head to head (3.30am)

· Lauren Price will be looking to add to Team GB's success in the ring when she takes on Nouchka Fontijn of Netherlands in the women's middleweight semi-final (6am)

· Tom Daley already has one Olympic gold to his name in Tokyo, and he begins his bid for second in the men's 10m platform. Teammate Noah Williams is also involved in the preliminary round (7am)

· Jason Kenny's reign as sprint king may be over, but Jack Carlin looked strong in his bid to succeed his compatriot. He takes on Harrie Lavreysen in his sprint semi-final (8.10am), with the final taking place later in the day (10.35am)
· The women's madison makes its Olympic debut at the velodrome as Team GB duo Katie Archibald and Laura Kenny look to add another medal to their collections (9.15am)

· Hosts Japan will look to get themselves on the podium as they face Mexico in the men's bronze medal match (10am)
· The women's champions will be crowned as both Sweden and Canada aim to win Olympic gold for the very first time (1pm)

· The men's 5000m final includes Great Britain's Andrew Butchart, but most eyes will be on Ugandan world record holder Joshua Cheptegei (1pm)
· Team GB's Jodie Williams will hope to get on the podium in the women's 400m final, but defending champ Shaunae Miller-Uibo is favourite for gold while Stephenie Ann McPherson should challenge and Allyson Felix is bidding to become the most decorated female track and field athlete of all time (1.35pm)
· Netherlands' Sifan Hassan takes on leg two of her ambitious attempt at a Tokyo treble in a women's 1500m final which also includes Great Britain's Laura Muir and Faith Kipyegon of Kenya (1.50pm)
· A star-studded women's 4x100m relay final will see a Team GB quartet including Dina Asher-Smith look to upset defending champions USA and favourites Jamaica, who boast Elaine Thompson-Herah as she goes for her third gold of the Games (2.30pm)
· Great Britain and Jamaica will also be going for gold in the men's 4x100m relay final, and their medal hopes have been boosted by USA's failure to qualify (2.50pm)

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