Hopes were high for another dramatic Ashes contest following England's 2-1 series win in 2005 but the 2006/07 series instead saw Australia triumph in the most emphatic style.
First Test, Brisbane: Australia (602-9 dec and 201-1 dec) beat England (157 and 370) by 277 runs
From the moment England's Stephen Harmison bowled the first ball so wide it went straight to captain Andrew Flintoff, leading the team in the absence of the injured Michael Vaughan, at second slip, the tourists were in trouble.
Australia captain Ricky Ponting, the losing skipper in 2005, set the tone with a magnificent 196 in a huge first innings total.
In reply, England collapsed with Glenn McGrath, in his final Ashes series, taking six wickets for 50 runs.
Ponting opted against enforcing the follow-on and, after a hundred from Justin Langer, England were set a massive 648 to win.
They were never likely to get anywhere near that but they came equally nowhere near to saving the game despite 90s from Kevin Pietersen and Paul Collingwood with Stuart Clark and Shane Warne taking four wickets apiece.
It was also this match that saw England coach Duncan Fletcher come under heavy criticism for the first time since he took charge in 1999.
2nd Test, Adelaide: Australia (513 and 168-4) beat England (551-6 dec and 129) by six wickets
England lost this match from such a seemingly impregnable position after a collapse that was extraordinary even by their own standards.
The first innings saw Collingwood produce the batting display of his life as he made 206 and put on 310 for the fourth wicket with Pietersen, who made 158.
Flintoff, chose to declare, a decision that was criticised subsequently, but which looked reasonable when Australia slumped to 65 for three.
But Ponting, dropped on the boundary by Giles on 35, went on to make 142 with Matthew Hoggard taking seven for 109.
On a good pitch, the draw seemed the most likely outcome. But England were mesmerised into near strokelessness by Warne, their old tormentor, and the leg-spin legend took four for 49 as the tourists were bowled out cheaply.
Australia then knocked off the runs they needed for victory with few alarms to go 2-0 up.
Third Test, Perth: Australia (244 and 527-5 dec) beat England (215 and 350) by 206 runs
England were widely damned despite bowling out Australia for a meagre first innings total because left-arm spinner Panesar, who many felt should have been playing from the start of the series, took five for 92.
But England still conceded a first innings lead and Australia piled the pressure on with another big second innings total that featured centuries from Michael Clarke, Hussey and Adam Gilchrist, who reached three figures in 57 balls - just one more than West Indies' great Viv Richards's world record for the fastest Test century.
Set another unlikely target for victory, England did at least have the consolation of seeing Alastair Cook score a century but he merely delayed Australia's victory.
Fourth Test, Melbourne: Australia (419) beat England (159 and 161) by an innings and 99 runs
Warne, in his final Test on his home ground, took his 700th Test wicket when he dismissed Strauss with a typically sharp turning delivery and he ended up with five for 39 as the tourists again failed with the bat.
England, who had been 41 without loss in their second innings, then saw Brett Lee and Clark share seven wickets as they were bowled out cheaply.
Fifth Test, Sydney: Australia (393 and 46-0) beat England (291 and 147) by 10 wickets.
Australia wrapped up the first Ashes whitewash since 1920/21 in commanding fashion to give the retiring trio of Warne, McGrath and Langer the ideal send-off.
England made steady progress on the first day but were still bowled out for under 300 before fifties from Warne, stumped on 71 when in sight of a maiden Test century, and Gilchrist helped Australia build a first innings lead of 102.
Australia's attack then took charge with McGrath, fittingly on his home ground, ending the innings.
Set just 46 to win, Langer and Hayden ensured Australia got there without losing a wicket to complete one of the most lopsided Ashes series of all-time.
Source: AFP Global Edition