The Ashes: The fiercest rivalries

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The 2010/11 Ashes are nearly upon us as England look to retain the urn against Australia.

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As we build up to what is promising to be a hard-fought and competitive series, we bring you the fiercest rivalries.

In no other context is the all consuming rivalry between the nations of England and Australia better encapsulated than in the Ashes.

For over a century the two nations have fought over the little urn that is the pinnacle of any cricketer's career, and throughout the history of this fierce contest there have been numerous specific duals that live long in the memory.

As we continue our build up to the start of the series, we've combed through the record books and remembered the battles from Headingley to Sydney to bring you XI of the fiercest rivalries in Ashes history.