Since 2001, the Australian cricket team hasn’t won the ashes in England. They’ll be back there this summer to try again. Since 1877, when the first game between these two teams was played, this rivalry has been going strong and has led to some great moments. In preparation for the competition this summer.
- 1932/3 – The Bodyline Series –
Donald Bradman was the best batsman of all time, so England captain Douglas Jardine came up with the Bodyline technique (bowling at the batsman’s body) to beat him. England won the most controversial Ashes series ever played by a score of 4-1, but because several Australian players were seriously hurt (this was 40 years before helmets were made mandatory) and because the “unsportsmanlike” Bodyline bowling caused a political uproar in Australia, it was made illegal the next year. From his point of view, Jardine was never again named captain of England.
- 1956 – Laker Takes 19 Wickets –
Both teams went to Manchester for the fourth and final test of the 1956 Ashes series, which was tied at one game apiece. After getting 11 wickets in the last test at Headingly, England’s off-spinner Jim Laker took full advantage of the spin-friendly conditions in Manchester to get 19 of the 20 Australian wickets that fell. This helped England win the match and reclaim the Ashes.
- 1975 – Wrath Of Two Champion Bowlers-
A wandering old man with grey hair and glasses In the summer of 1975, when Australian fast bowlers Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson blew away the English cricket team in the first Test, David Steele became one of England’s most unlikely sports heroes. The rest of the series ended in a tie because Steele kept fighting back against what may have been the fastest-pace bowling attack in cricket history. Steele was named BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year, even though Australia won the Ashes series.
- 1977 – Boycott’s Century Of Centuries –
In 1977, the Australian cricket team was weak because of the Kerry Packer World Series Cricket dispute, which led to a lot of fighting within the team. England won the series by a big margin of 3-0, and Geoff Boycott announced his return to the team by scoring his 100th century at his home stadium in Leeds, Headingley. The boycott was the first person to score a hundred on Tests. He did this by hitting an on-drive to the boundary as the sun was setting.
- 1981 – Botham’s Ashes –
In 1981, England’s all-rounder Ian Terrance Botham went from being a national outcast to a national hero in just five great days in Leeds. This showed how unpredictable sports can be. Botham stepped down as captain after England lost the first game he was in charge of and then scored two runs at Lord’s. Botham was still on the team when Mike Brearley took over for the Third Test at Headingley, which surprised everyone at the time. In the seventh over of England’s second innings, when they were down by 13 runs and batting again, Ladbrooke’s famously gave odds of 500 to 1. Botham played with more energy and confidence once he was no longer captain. He led his team to a thrilling win with a counterattack in which he scored 149 runs without losing a wicket. The Australians needed to score 130 runs to win, but they only got 111. Botham continued to make life hard for the Australians with his bat and his ball for the rest of the series, which England won 3-1.
- 1993 – The Ball Of The Century –
Shane Warne made himself known from the start of the 1993 Ashes in a way that no other player had done before. Warne’s first ball of the series was a devastating leg-break that pitched outside of former England captain and spin bowling master Mike Gatting’s leg stump, grabbed the ground, and spun sharply to hit Gatting’s off stump. It was the start of the end for England, as Australia beat them 4-1, and a cricketing legend was born.
- 2005 – Freddie Inspires England In “The Greatest Series” –
After 16 years of Australian dominance, Michael Vaughn’s England team was desperate to take the Ashes back from the Aussies. The Ashes series between the two best teams that have ever played for the trophy became a classic. England won the series in the end, but every game was close. The most important part of the series was the second test at Edgbaston, where England won the Ashes by only two runs, which was the closest win in the history of the series. Australia needed 282 to win, and it looked like they were about to win when the last man, Michael Kasprowicz, was caught behind. Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff, the hero for England, comforted the Australian batter while they were celebrating their win. This was a very sportsmanlike thing to do.
- 2006/7 – Revenge –
When England went “down under” 18 months after losing the 2005 series, not many people believed Glen McGrath’s prediction that the Australian cricket team would win 5-0 and clean house. Aussie stars McGrath, Shane Warne, and Justin Langer had all said they would retire after the series, so they were eager to go out on a high note. McGrath’s prediction of 5-0 came true when a nervous and out-of-form Steve Harmison threw his first ball of the series wildly and straight to the second slip.
- 2015 – Australia Bowled Out For 60 At Nottingham –
Australia went to England as a heavy favorite to win the Ashes for the first time since 2001. It’s hard to think of a more unfair day in the history of the Ashes than August 6, 2015. On the first morning of the Trent Bridge test, when the Ashes were still up for grabs, Stuart Broad stormed through the Australians, taking 8 wickets for 15 runs as Australia was all out for 60. Australia’s first innings were only 94 minutes long and had 111 balls. It was the shortest in the history of Test cricket. England kept adding to their early lead, and at the end of the day, they had a score of 274-4.
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