The greatest Ashes bowling displays

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England go into the final day of the third Test knowing they need an awesome display of bowling to force a result. They could do worse than recall these memorable displays of bowling prowess if they're in need of inspiration...

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The Ashes has never lacked for extraordinary bowling performances, from the guile of the spinners to the searing, fearsome pace and swing of some of the best quicks the cricketing world has seen. Boiling the list down to 11 has been problematic, as the names of those left out attest.

Legends like Frank "Typhoon" Tyson, who destroyed Australia in the 1954/55 series haven't made it in. Nor has Freddie Trueman who snared four on his Ashes debut, or Alec Bedser who took 39 wickets in 1953. Australia's Bill O'Reilly was dubbed by Wisden as "one of the greatest bowlers of all time" after his 1938 Ashes tour while fast bowler Ray Lindwall who produced a spell against England that Donald Bradman called "one of the most brilliantly devastating".

Yet those who have been selected performed exceptionally, winning individual Tests single-handedly and often changed the course of entire series.

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