Every two years, England and Australia’s top cricketers take each other on in one of the most famous events in the sport’s history. But here we have a query and it is, how much do you know about the Ashes? It is said that fantasy cricket India is a game of uncertainties but when it comes to Ashes, these uncertainties reach an entirely different level.
Winning after follow on is considered as one of the rarest phenomena in international cricket and in daily fantasy cricket. It has occurred only thrice and shockingly twice in the Ashes, both by England – one at Sydney in 1894 and one at Leeds in 1981. Ironically, in these two instances, Australia has been on the receiving end both the times.
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Australia and England take turns to host the series
When hosting the event, each country usually uses a different venue for each match. English grounds used have included Old Trafford, The Oval, Lord’s, Trent Bridge, Headingley and Edgbaston. Australia usually uses grounds such as The Gabba, the MCG, the Adelaide Oval, the SCG, and Perth’s WACA.
High’s and Low’s
The highest total ever recorded in ashes has been a mammoth 903/7 by England way back in 1938 courtesy a splendid inning from Len Hutton(364) by virtue of which England inflicted the most crushing defeat in the history of Test Cricket, that is, by an innings and 579 runs.
The lowest total ever recorded in ashes is a paltry 36 by the Aussies way back in 1902. Surprisingly, Australia had a narrow escape and managed to salvage a draw.
Body-line series (1932-33)
The body-line series was famous for a notorious tactic of body-line bowling which was employed by England bowlers to counter the growing influence of Australian batsmen, especially Don Bradman. It involved targeting the body of the batsmen and intimidating them. Such was the extent of this tactic that in one match, out of 11 batsmen, 7 were retired hurt. England although won that Ashes but such tactics soured the relations between the two nations.
Most Prolific Batsmen
Although Don Bradman stands outright in a list of top Ashes batsmen, with four triple centuries and an illustrious record, but the record for the highest score in Ashes is held by Len Hutton, 364 as mentioned earlier, in a test match where many records were broken and created.
A Tight Finish
Test matches are often lamented for being long and boring but Ashes has produced one of the finest, intense and thrilling encounters. One of the examples is famous 2005 Edgbaston test which resulted in an English win but by a narrow margin of 2 runs. This was the third closest test match in the history of Test Cricket in terms of run-margin. (The other 2 being tied tests). This is certainly one of the most interesting Ashes facts.
Best bowling figures
Jim Laker’s 19/90 at Manchester remains not just the best bowling performance ever in Ashes but in Test Cricket’s history, overall. The only wicket that Laker didn’t get was of Jim Burke (falling to Tony Lock). 16 for 137 by Bob Messie at Lords in 1972 was Australia’s best in Ashes.
Most Runs in Ashes
English and Aussie young cricketers dream of playing in the Ashes series and making a mark for themselves in the Cricketing World. The best of batting marks have been made by Don Bradman for his 5028 runs against England with an average of 89.78. Bradman also has most centuries in Ashes, that is, 19. Most runs by one Englishman is by Jack Hobbs for his 3636 compilation in 41 Ashes test matches.
Shane Warne is no stranger to any Cricket fan in this entire world, especially not to English fans, as he is the highest wicket-taker in Ashes series with a record of 172 wickets from 31 Ashes matches at an average of 22.30.
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