Contrasting scenes: The Oval a little over a week ago, as England drew with Australia to regain the Ashes, September 12, 2005. And, nine days later, the scene is starkly different for Surrey's game against Middlesex, September 21, 2005 © Getty Images

  • Sep 12, 2005

    The crowd on the roof of the disused The Cricketers pub celebrate © Getty Images

  • Sep 12, 2005

    The Oval was the only place to be © Getty Images

  • Sep 12, 2005

    When needs must ... © Getty Images

  • Sep 12, 2005

    The Oval, London: the venue for England's regaining of the Ashes, 2005 © Getty Images

  • Sep 12, 2005

    Noisy English fans can't hide their delight © Getty Images

  • Sep 12, 2005

    A sun-bathed Oval in London © Getty Images

  • Sep 12, 2005

    An England fan waves his flag as England draw with Australia © Getty Images

  • Sep 9, 2005

    Bad light and then rain halted Australia's charge at The Oval © Getty Images

  • Sep 9, 2005

    The waiting game: All that was left was drinking and hoping © Getty Images

  • Sep 8, 2005

    A general view of the new stand at The Oval © Getty Images

  • Sep 8, 2005

    A rooftop vantage point © Getty Images

  • Sep 8, 2005

    The pre-match rendition of Jerusalem © Getty Images

  • Sep 8, 2005

    Crowds snake round the Oval perimeter © Getty Images

  • Sep 5, 2005

    The necessary nectar: a case-load of beer is wheeled into The Oval © Getty Images

  • Sep 5, 2005

    Has he got a ticket? Preparations are made to The Oval © Getty Images

  • Sep 5, 2005

    Not empty for long: The Oval prepares for the biggest match of the 2005 Ashes summer © Getty Images

  • Sep 5, 2005

    Ground staff at The Oval prepare the pitch © Getty Images

  • Sep 5, 2005

    Confirmation of what we already knew: a sold-out Oval © Getty Images