5) Warren Bardsley (1909)
The first instance of an Australian batsman scoring two centuries in an Ashes Test was witnessed more than a century ago in 1909 when opening batsman Warren Bardsley did the aforementioned during the fifth Test at The Oval. Among the five batsmen who have done the same, three of them have done it in England which speaks highly of their quality.
After the then Australia captain Monty Noble won the toss and chose to bat, Bardsley’s 136 runs played a pivotal role in Australia scoring 325 in the first innings. With England gaining a 27-run lead in the first innings, it was important for Australia to post a handsome total to make sure that the hosts don’t build on their advantage.
Dominating the English bowlers alongside opening batsman Syd Gregory (74) and Noble (55), Bardsley scored 130 runs in the second innings in Australia’s 339/5 in the second innings. The match ended in a draw.