Wisden on the Ashes: The Authoritative Story of Cricket's Greatest Rivalry
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*Updated edition to include the 2013, 2013–2014, and 2015 Ashes series*
With Test reports, scorecards, "great bowlers of the year," and other fascinating material from the archives--together with new editorial pieces--Wisden on the Ashes: The Authoritative Story of Cricket's Greatest Rivalry will be a welcome addition to all cricket enthusiasts' collections.
The book begins its journey with England's first tour of Australia in 1876 and the subsequent three series prior to the 1882 tour that led to a mock obituary being placed in the Sporting Times: "In affectionate remembrance of English cricket, which died at The Oval on 29th August, 1882 . . . The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia." Celebrating the players who made their mark on the game and the controversies that shook the sport, the book covers every series from then to today. In 2005, England won a highly competitive series that helped raise the popularity of the sport, and each series since then has attracted huge attention.
This updated edition includes both 2013 series, which saw England retain the Ashes on home soil before Australia won all five Tests in the second series later that year, and the summer 2015 series held in England. It also includes a color photo section celebrating the players, the matches, and the key moments from an ongoing rivalry.
raised the score to 168, they were separated in the morning and the last four wickets fell for 96 runs. Tate, Hearne and Kilner bowled best on a pitch that dried fairly easily in the absence of much sunshine. Australia after batting nearly four hours at their first attempt followed on and lost four men for 175 before the third day ended with six wickets to fall and arrears still amounting to 104. The pitch seemed perfect in the morning but Tate was irresistible, dismissing four men for 21 runs.
bounce, Hughes put England in again, and Gooch played in his best thumping style for 75 minutes. It was only when he was out that things began to go wrong, both with the innings and the match. Boycott and Woolmer became bogged down and Woolmer’s troubles were increased when Lawson struck him on the arm. He struggled passively for some time before going off. With Gower inactive and bad light removing more than half an hour’s play, England added only 28 between Gooch’s dismissal at 12.45 and 3.30.
Lawson 13–3–32–3. Second innings – Lillee 25–6–94–3; Alderman 35.3–6–135–6; Lawson 23–4–96–1; Bright 4–0–15–0. Toss won by Australia UMPIRES D. G. L. Evans and B. J. Meyer Fourth Test At Birmingham, July 30, 31, August 1, 2, 1981. England won by 29 runs. Derek Hodgson A startling spell of bowling by Botham, which brought him five wickets for one run in 28 deliveries, ended an extraordinary match at 4.30 on a glorious Sunday afternoon. And so, for a second successive Test, England
over-confident batting accounting for most of the six wickets which fell for 61. But the early loss of Wood to a possibly unlucky decision, and the mortifying sight of Hilditch falling into Botham’s hooking trap for the third time in the series, combined with their drubbing on the first day, knocked the fight out of Australia. With the exception of Ritchie they batted with little resolve or basic technique, even Border taking too little account of the extra pace in the pitch as he played on to
joy from Headingley ’01 were snuffed out inside 72 hours, thanks to the first back-to-back Tests in England in 89 years, and a dramatic and total reversion to the familiar pattern of Australian mastery. This was only Australia’s second win at The Oval since 1948, when Bradman led them to an innings victory despite a duck in his final Test. The other came in 1972, when the Chappell brothers both scored centuries: this time, the Waughs did the same. Steve Waugh was not what anyone else would have