For the next six weeks, The Ashes, which is one of the most famous sports stories ever, will take place in England. According to ashes news, as England and Australia get ready for the first Test at Edgbaston, Man of Many counts down the top 10 best moments in the history of The Ashes.
- Thommo And Lillee –
Before the 1974–75 home Ashes series, Australia had been trying for six years but had not been able to win the urn. Dennis Lillee, the team’s best bowler, had been out for 18 months with a back problem that could have ended his career. He was paired with Jeff Thomson, who had never taken a wicket in his one Test game two years before.
Thomson’s fearsome speed, on the other hand, got nine wickets in the first Test and set the tone for the rest of the series. Australia won the series 4-1 because of how well these two tyrants played. They took 58 wickets between them for five Tests, which is a lot.
- Bodyline –
The series between England and Australia in 1932 and 1933 is known as the “Bodyline” series. Many people think it was the worst Ashes series ever, and maybe even the worst Test cricket series ever. The English came up with “leg theory,” which means hostile short-pitched bowling, to scare off the Australian batter and stop the genius of Don Bradman, who was unbeatable.
In the third Test at Adelaide Oval, England’s captain, Douglas Jardine, and his goon, the vicious fast bowler Harold Larwood, broke Bert Oldfield’s skull by hitting Bill Woodfull in the chest. Larwood was then sent out. With a 338-run victory, England took control of the series. However, after the game, relations between the two countries were at their worst ever.
- Waugh’s Courage At The Oval –
Steve Waugh was determined to play in the fifth and final Test in London, even though the Australian visitors were leading the series 3-1 and he had hurt his calf in the last game at Headingley. The captain not only played but also had the best inning of his career by not getting out and scoring 157 runs.
Australia got to 4/641 declared when he and his twin brother Mark put on 197 runs. Shane Warne’s performance of 11 wickets helped Australia win the series 4-1, which is tied for their best series win in England. Australia’s last-ever Ashes win was in The Old Dart.
- Laker’s 19-Wicket Haul –
During the Ashes in 1956, Surrey’s off-spinner Jim Laker did something at Old Trafford that will be remembered forever in cricket history. The 30-year-old bowler destroyed Australia with 9/37, sending the tourists tumbling to 84 all out in their first innings. In the previous match at Headingley, he took a career-high 11 wickets. Australia had to bat again before Laker became the first bowler in Test history to get 10/53.
With his incredible Test numbers of 19/90, Laker became an instant legend, breaking the previous record of 17 wickets held by any bowler in a first-class match. Laker finished the Ashes series with a record-setting 46 wickets at a ridiculously low average of 9.60, but England won the series 3-2 and kept the urns thanks to an innings win in the fifth test.
- Kickass Border Alters Australia’s Ashes’ Flight Path –
The 1980s were a difficult decade for Australian cricket, with more lows than highs, and Allan Border’s touring squad was mocked for being among the worst to ever play outside of Australia.
It came as a major surprise when Australia won the Ashes 4-0, given they had previously lost five of the previous six series. There were numerous remarkable individual performances, notably a double century by Mark Taylor, who scored 839 runs, the highest in the series since Don Bradman in 1930, and two brilliant hundreds by Steve Waugh in the first two Tests. There were also many more outstanding individual performances. Terry Alderman also got 41 wickets, falling one shy of his record for the Australian Ashes series that he had held for the previous eight years. However, Australia’s preeminence would not have been able to be sustained without the resolute and persistent leadership of Border.
Since the beginning of the campaign, “AB” has had a solid grip on England’s neck due to the fact that his team was unsuccessful on both the tour in 1985 and the home summer in 1986–1987. It was during the fifth test when the famous water break request from England’s batter Robin Smith was made. In response, Border said, “No, you fucking can’t, what the hell do you think this is, a fucking tea party?”
Border breathed new energy into the Australian cricket team, and it wasn’t until 2005 that Australia suffered another loss in the Ashes series.
- Amazing Adelaide –
In 2006, England declared a score of 6/551 in Adelaide. Paul Collingwood (206) and Kevin Pietersen (158) put together a huge 310-run partnership to try to make up for their terrible loss in the first Test. Australia fought back and ended up with a score of 513. Both captain Ricky Ponting (142 runs) and Michael Clarke (124) made important contributions.
At the start of Day 5, England was ahead by 97 runs and had nine wickets left. This made it seem unlikely that England would lose. But thanks to Shane Warne’s fiery bowling (4/49), Brett Lee’s great fast bowling (2/35), and Glenn McGrath’s sharp spin (2/15), the tourists went from 1/69 to 129 all out. Australia needed 168 runs to win in the last session. One-day experts Ricky Ponting (49 off 65 balls) and Mike Hussey (61* off 66 balls) helped them do it in 32.5 overs.
- The Don’s Greatest Innings –
Regrettably, Don Bradman’s playing career will never be topped by another player. It is impossible to forget his magnificent innings of 187 in Brisbane and 234 in Sydney, which he played in the first two Ashes Tests after World War II. This list of his best performances during the Ashes may go on indefinitely. During the 1930 series at Headingley, he scored a world record 334 runs, and he added two more double centuries to his total. However, after suffering one of his lowest points of the Ashes series, Bradman arguably produced one of the most brilliant strokes he has played all series.
- Botham’s Ashes –
In 1981, when England played Australia and New Zealand, the unpredictable all-rounder Ian Botham made a name for himself. After losing the first two Tests, England had to bat second in the third match, which took place at Headingley. Botham, who had been taken off as captain before the match, scored 149 runs without being out after 148 balls.
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