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The Ashes in History

Events in Sport

  • 1904-03-03 England cricket all-rounder Bernard Bosanquet takes 6 for 51 as tourists dismiss Australia for 171 in the 4th Test in Sydney to regain the Ashes; take an unassailable, 3-1 series lead
  • 1908-02-11 Australia regain the Ashes with a 308 run cricket victory vs England
  • 1926-08-18 England regain Ashes with 5th Test Cricket win, to take series 1-0
  • 1930-08-22 Australian cricket slow-medium bowler Percy Hornibrook takes 7-92 as England dismissed for 251 in an innings defeat in 5th Test at The Oval; Australia regain Ashes, 2-1
  • 1934-08-22 Australian cricket spin bowler Clarrie Grimmett takes 5-64 as England dismissed for 145 in 5th Test at The Oval; Australia wins by 562 runs to regain Ashes, 2-1

Sports History

1948-06-12 In his farewell Ashes Tour, Australian cricket batting maestro Don Bradman scores 138 in 1st Test against England at Trent Bridge

  • 1948-06-15 In his farewell Ashes Tour, Don Bradman is out for a duck (0) in the Australian 2nd innings, but tourists win 1st Test against England by 8 wickets at Nottingham
  • 1953-08-19 England regains cricket Ashes from Australia after winning series 1-0
  • 1956-08-28 Australia clings on for a draw in 5th Test at The Oval, London; England retain cricket Ashes with Jim Laker's 46 wickets a record series haul
  • 1959-02-05 Australia regain the Ashes with a 10 wicket victory at Adelaide
  • 1971-02-17 England regains cricket Ashes with a 2-0 series win
  • 1975-01-09 Australia beat England by 171 runs in 4th Test to regain Ashes
  • 1977-08-15 England regain cricket Ashes by taking a 3-0 series lead over Australia
  • 1983-01-07 Australia regain the Ashes with a 2-1 series win v England
  • 1985-09-03 England cricket swing bowler Richard Ellison with 5 for 76 helps dismiss Australia for 129 in 6th Test win at the Oval; England regains Ashes 3-1
  • 1989-08-01 Australia beats England by 9 wickets in the 4th cricket Test at Old Trafford, taking an unassailable 3-0 series lead to regain the Ashes
  • 1993-06-04 Cricket's "Ball of the Century" - Australian spin bowler Shane Warne bowls England batsman Mike Gatting with his first ball of an Ashes series; Australia wins 1st Test at Old Trafford by 179 runs

Sports History

2001-08-04 Australian cricket spinner Shane Warne skittles England (162) with 6/33 to guide tourists to a 7 wicket 3rd Test victory at Trent Bridge; Aussies regain Ashes with record 7th straight Test win v England

  • 2019-08-25 Ben Stokes with an unbeaten 135 leads England to a record run chase of 362-9 and victory over Australia in the 3rd cricket Test at Headingley, Leeds; keeps Ashes Series alive at 1-1

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1944-11-13 Ken Shuttleworth, English cricketpaceman (England on 1970-71 Ashes tour), born in St Helens, Lancashire

Deaths in Sport

  • 1903-12-11 Patrick McShane, Australian cricket player and umpire (1884-85 Ashes series), dies at 45
  • 1911-07-31 Jack Edwards, cricketer (1888 Ashes tourist), dies
  • 1956-07-20 Ken Burn, Australian cricketer (Tasmanian rep on 1890 Ashes tour, 2 Tests), dies at 93
  • 1974-07-28 Jack Ellis, Australian cricketer (Victorian WK, Ashes tourist 1926), dies

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