Australia was dominated by england with Sir Ian Botham to the fore in the 80s.
In’Ashes from the 80s’ – which you’ll be able to observe in ON DEMAND – we deliver you the inside stories on the decade by the players directly from the thick of the action’s wonderful Ashes tussles.
Relive tension, the drama and excitement of the battle for the urn in a time once the nation was in turmoil – from the Ashes of 1981 to the narrative of Australia turned things around to this point where they would dominate through the 90s.
It would rarely get like this for England as the team of Mike Gatting pulled off a’Grand Slam’ – a 2-1 win to retain the Ashes, plus two ODI trophies.
Charles Colvile recalls the 1986-87 excursion, where England demolished their critics – and the Aussies – in fashion .
Gatting and Micky Stewart, appointed as England’s first-ever cricket manager for the tour, reflect about the motives behind their success and they got the best.
England opener Chris Broad looks back although Allan Lamb explains the key to his memorable blitz of both Bruce Reid that secured a ODI win, in the three years that relaunched his Test career.
In the side, conquered skipper Allan Border and Merv Hughes put in their recollections, including the case of mistaken identity in Sydney that started their fightback.
Against the background of the conclusion of a miners’ strike and a divided country under the government of Margaret Thatcher, England captain David Gower needed his greatest as 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 Australia motivated at Lord’s to victory from the second.
However , there remained fractions from the Australia squad, with a few players believing skipper Border was overly friendly.
The series was level at to play with draws that are after in Old Trafford and Trent Bridge, during which Gower, Mike Gatting and Border have been at the runs.
However, England won back the urn, after innings cries at Birmingham and The Oval, also eventually triumphed 3-1 – Gower struck a majestic century whilst seamer Richard Ellison picked up 17 wickets over the two games.
Crowd hooliganism, missed opportunities, one and poor umpiring of the Test endings. The 1982/83 Ashes was not for the faint-hearted.
Captain Bob Willis headed with a group overlooking the’rebel’ players who went on the unofficial trip.
The defence of the Ashes began with a draw however, it was shocking hooliganism that stole the headlines.
A drop in the next Test at Brisbane, which allowed Kepler Wessels to score his maiden Test century could haunt a second defeat after Willis put Australia on a flat wicket followed at Adelaide along with England.
However, the show sparked back to life at which a stand between Allan Border and Jeff Thomson took Australia to the verge of an win.
It supposed that England went to Sydney wanting to win to draw on the string and retain the urn but umpiring jeopardized their opportunities.
Has there been an Ashes series which has more of an effect?
Charles looks back on the 1981 Ashes, which produced among England’s greatest sporting legends who would haunt Australia for years to come.
Since England lost the first Test under captain Ian 17, but it wasn’t all one-time visitors.
Featuring the reflections of Bob Willis, Allan Border and Botham himself we chart the fortunes of England were revived by the return of Mike Brearley in spectacular fashion.
The Headingley Test is the stuff of legend and set the tone for a decade old Ashes cricket – as Botham produced among his career’s most memorable bowling spells and things did not get Edgbaston.
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