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Ashes flashback: Sir Alastair Cook piles on the runs at the Gabba

The start of the first Ashes Test is now just a week away and though travel restrictions mean we won’t be there in our usual numbers, we could barely be more excited.

As is tradition, the Gabba will play host to the first meeting between England and the Aussies. It’s not always been the happiest of hunting ground for the Three Lions but in today’s Ashes flashback, we’re taking you back to a match that set the tone for a famous triumph down under.

We are, of course, talking about the 2010/11 series and the record-breaking batting display from Messrs Cook and Trott.

England arrived in Australia after a fantastic victory at home in 2009 and having won eight of their 12 Tests since but found themselves 0/1 just three balls into the first Test at the Gabba and were eventually bowled out for 260 in their first innings in Brisbane.

The Aussies may well have been feeling pretty smug when they made 481 in response, giving them a lead of 221 heading into the tourists’ second innings, but in the days that followed they would lose their grip on the game in a momentum shift that would set the foundation for England to retain the Ashes.

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Sir Alastair Cook was just too good for the Aussie attack, making a mammoth 235* in front of overjoyed Barmy Army support that broke Don Bradman’s record for the highest Test score at the Gabba, and was backed up by brilliant centuries from first Sir Andrew Strauss (110) and then Jonathan Trott (135*).

England eventually declared on 517/1, with Cook and Trott having shared the best partnership by an English duo on Australian soil and the best by any two players at Brisbane.

The game may have ended as a draw but Strauss and his side had landed a psychological blow that had the Aussies wobbling.

With a week to go until the start of the first Ashes Test at the Gabba, Cooky’s innings in 2010 is quite simply essential watching…