Ashes in the 80s: Story of England and Australia’s battle for the urn


Australia was dominated by england from the 80s with Sir Ian Botham to the fore.

In’Ashes in the 80s’ – that you’ll be able to watch in total ON DEMAND – we bring you the stories about the great Ashes tussles of the decade by the players right in the thick of the activity.
Relive the drama, tension and excitement of the struggle for the urn in a time once the nation was in chaos – from the unforgettable Ashes of 1981 to the narrative of the way Australia turned matters around to this point at which they’d dominate through the 90s.
It would rarely get as good as this for England since Mike Gatting’s team withdrew a’Grand Slam’ – a 2-1 win to keep the Ashes, and two ODI trophies.
Charles Colvile recalls the 1986-87 tour, where their critics – and also the Aussies stirred – in style, winning the Melbourne Test by an innings within three times to clinch the show with one to play.
Gatting and Micky Stewart, appointed as England’s first-ever cricket director for the excursion, reflect on the motives behind their success and the way they obtained the best.
England opener Chris Broad looks back in the three centuries which relaunched his Test career, while the secret is explained by Allan Lamb to his memorable blitz of both Bruce Reid that sealed a ODI win.
In the side, defeated skipper Allan Border and Merv Hughes put in their recollections, including the event of mistaken identity in Sydney that began their fightback that is eventual.
Against the background of a yearlong miners’ strike’s end and a country under Margaret Thatcher’s government, England captain David Gower had his greatest since he turned into the country’s darling.
Tim Robinson and sir Ian Botham starred in Leeds in the opening Test, which England won by five wickets, before Allan Border motivated Australia to victory from the second.
With a few players feeling skipper Border was overly friendly with the England side, still there remained fractions from the Australia squad.
The series was first level at to play following attractions in Trent Bridge and Old Trafford, throughout which Gower, Mike Gatting and Border were at the runs.
But England won back the urn at The Oval and Birmingham, and triumphed 3-1 – while seamer Richard Ellison picked up 17 wickets across the 2 games after being recalled, Gower hit a double century in Edgbaston.
Crowd hooliganism, missed chances, one and poor umpiring of the most thrilling Test finishes of all time. The 1982/83 Ashes was not for the faint-hearted.
Captain Bob Willis led with a squad overlooking the’ rebel’ players that went to South Africa on the unofficial excursion to Australia.
The defence of the Ashes began in Perth with a draw however, it was shocking hooliganism that stole the headlines, Terry Alderman after being struck on the back of the head coming off worst.
A pricey drop in the second Test at Brisbane, which allowed Kepler Wessels to score his maiden Test century on debut, would haunt another defeat later Willis put Australia in on a flat wicket followed at Adelaide along with England.
At which a last-wicket stand between Allan Border and Jeff Thomson took Australia to the verge of an win However, the series sparked back to life.
It meant that England went to Sydney needing to win to draw on the string and keep the urn but umpiring jeopardized their opportunities.
Has there been an Ashes series that has had more of an impact?
Charles looks back on the 1981 Ashes, which produced one of England’s biggest sporting legends who’d haunt Australia for years to come.
However, it wasn’t all one-way visitors because England lost the first Test.
Featuring Allan Border, Bob Willis and Botham’s expressions himself we graph the fortunes of England were revived by the yield of Mike Brearley in fashion.
The Headingley Test set the tone for a short time old Ashes cricket and is that the stuff of legend – since Botham made among his career’s bowling charms and things did not get much better than at Edgbaston.
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