A welcome return of the cricket – What has been England’s best moment of the 21st century?

This week sees the return of England to the international cricket stage as they take on South Africa in the first T20 match of a three match series.

England will then turn their attention to a three game ODI series before the end of 2020.

It has been a strange year for English cricket with games played behind closed doors, and the year came on the back of the elation of 2019 that fans will never forget.

With cricket back on our screens this week I’ve had a look at a few of the best England moments of the 21st century from all forms of the game.

Karachi 2000 – Pakistan vs England

Prior to this trip to Pakistan the home side hadn’t lost in 34 matches.

However top class performances from Ashley Giles, who took 7-142 in the game, and Darren Gough saw England bowl out the hosts quickly in the second innings.

With proceedings drawing to a close on the final England reached their target of 176 with 15 balls to spare.

Edgbaston 2005 – England vs Australia

The second test of the famous Ashes series was arguably the greatest England have ever been involved in.

After a solid first innings the hosts slumped to 75-6 before Andrew Flintoff’s fine knock of 73 from 86 balls helped England set a target of 282 to win.

Australia were eight down going into the final day, and when Shane Warne stepped on his stumps a thrilling finale was set up.

Australia needed two runs with England requiring one wicket, before Steve Harmison produced one of the most famous wickets in cricket history.

His bouncer was gloved behind by Michael Kasprowicz and Geriant Jones took the catch to the elation of the Edgbaston ground.

The commentary of ‘Jones, Bowden, Kasprowicz the man to go’ will go down as one of the most famous lines in sports history.

Melbourne 2010 – Australia vs England

England had not won a series down under since 1987, but 2010 proved to be the turning point in Ashes history.

In the fourth test Australia were skittled out for 98 on the opening day.

Jonathan Trott then posted a score of 168 not out as England blew Australia away to train the Ashes with a 3-1 victory.

Mumbia 2012 – India vs England

The visitors were 1-0 down in the four match series going into the Mumbia test match.

India were bowled out for 327 in the first innings, before Kevin Pietersen hit one of the greatest knocks in England’s history.

He notched up a score of 182 as England posted a total of 413.

India were then bowled out for 142 in their second innings, leaving England with the task of knocking of 57 to secure victory.

They then went on to win the series 2-1.

Lords 2019 World Cup – England vs New Zealand

It was one of those ‘where were you moments’ that will live in people’s memories for the rest of their lives.

After hosting the tournament England progressed to a thrilling final against the Kiwis.

The highlight of a thrilling match was the four runs Ben Stokes scored when the ball hit his helmet as he ran back towards his crease.

The moment epitomised the final, and led to the game going to a super over.

Stokes and Jos Buttler set New Zealand a total of 16 to get in the super over.

And it went down to the wire as Martin Guptill was run out with his side on 15 runs, but England took the title through a superior boundary count.

The moment will not just go down in cricket history, but British sporting history.

Headingley 2019 – England vs Australia

One heroic moment in 2019 wasn’t enough for Ben Stokes.

England were on the verge of losing the third test when the sides headed to Yorkshire.

After being bowled out for a measly 67 in the first innings, England were set a record total of 359.

England were ticking along nicely going into the final day, before a collapse within a couple of hours put the urn firmly in the Aussies grasp.

With England nine down and with tailender Jack Leach at the other end, Stokes unleashed.

He fired fours and sixes all over the ground with Leach holding anchor at the other end.

Despite a few hairy moments Stokes smashed a four into the covers to secure the most unlikely of victories.

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