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Flashback: Darren Gough’s Ashes hat-trick in 1999

Taking 229 Test wickets and a further 238 in the shorter formats for England is a magnificent achievement in itself but Darren Gough’s services to cricket go far beyond that.

That has been recognised as Goughie was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours, an accolade that will no doubt rank just below his induction into the Barmy Army Hall of Fame.

In honour of his well-deserved achievement, we’ve rolled the clocks back to one of his top moments in England whites – his hat-trick against the Aussies in 1999.

The England seamer became the first man to complete the feat in the Ashes in nearly a century when he did it at the SCG on the 1998/99 tour.

Victory in the Boxing Day Test at the MCG had given the visitors hopes of a series draw when they arrived in Sydney but a big first innings partnership between Mark and Steve Waugh put the Aussies in the driving seat.

Australia were six down and past 300 in the twilight of Day One when Goughie was thrown the ball and he proceeded to tear through the lower order.

Ian Healy was his first victim before two sumptuous out-swinging yorkers sent both Stuart MacGill and Colin Millar back to the pavilion.

It was far from the only time when Goughie sparkled Down Under or provided that bit of magic that England needed it but in honour of his well-deserved MBE, sit back and take in a wonderful hat-trick…