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Adam Mountford | 16:23 UK time, Tuesday, 7 July 2009

With the 2009 Ashes almost upon us we are all wondering what great moments of cricket history are going to be created over the next seven weeks.

Cricket's greatest rivalry always seems to bring about something special - and if you'd like to relive some of those magical moments well now you can with the launch of the "Test Match Special Ashes Archive."

If you log onto www.bbc.co.uk/ashesarchive you can find moments stretching back to the infamous Bodyline tour of 1932/33. As well as great commentary the archive will also include some classic TMS moments from Arlott to Aggers as well as memories from the current Test Match Special team.

You can get a flavour of the archive with a special film available via:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/cricket/archive/8137396.stm

A top 40 of great Ashes moments has been selected from Don Bradman's last Test 100 to Jim Laker's 19 wickets at Old Trafford, from TMS summariser Geoff Boycott's 100th 100 at Headingley in 1977 to Ian Botham's 1981 heroics.

Don Bradman in action for Australia

There are plenty of more recent moments including another TMS expert Phil Tufnell bowling England to victory at the Oval, the incredible two-run win at Edgbaston in 2005 and even Steve Harmison's horror ball at the start of the Ashes two years ago.

During the lunch interval on Wednesday we'll be hearing some of these moments and discussing why the Ashes is so special. As always we want to hear from you.
E-mail tms@bbc.co.uk or contribute to this blog with your favourite Ashes memories and tell us why you think this series is so magical.

And don't forget to join us on 5 Live Sports Extra, Radio Four longwave and online from 1025 BST on Wednesday morning for the start of the 2009 vintage. 2005 Ashes winner and local favourite Simon Jones will be one of our special guests on the first morning of the game.

I can't wait !

This is an archive post from the old TMS blog. To avoid duplicate debates, please visit the TMS Blog version to comment.

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