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It was just Day 3 at Edgbaston, as England cruised to an eight-wicket victory against Australia and gained a crucial 2-1 advantage as the third Test of the Ashes came to an end.

A fine bowling performance by England, led by James Anderson in the first innings and Steven Finn in the second, meant that they had to make just 121 in the final innings to seal a memorable win. Such was the dominance of the England bowlers, that at one point of time, it looked like Australia would be bowled out for the second time in the game on the second day itself, but Peter Neville stood up and showed some resistance and subsequently took the game to the third day.

This game is one of the shortest games in the history of the Ashes and also Test match cricket, and had it been wrapped up in two days time, it would have been the first time since August 1890, that the men from Down Under lost a game in just two days.

Here, we take a look at some of the shortest Ashes games played between England and Australia, most of which took place in the 19th century.

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An illustration of the 1882 Oval Test! (Courtesy – Getty Images)
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