The prestigious bilateral series between the English and the Australians will start on the 8th of July at Cardiff. It is a tournament that the whole cricketing world waits for with excitement. The reason for the excitement has been the unpredictability of both the teams from the first time they played each other.
In this article, we go back to the moments when these teams were tumbled out for embarrassing figures against their nemesis.
The May of 1902 saw the two giants face each other in Birmingham for the first match of the test series. England scored 376 runs in their first innings thanks to a century by Tyldesley on day one. Australia however was humiliated by the English bowlers who shared the wickets as they sent the Aussies packing for 36 in just 23 overs. England could not win the match after the game was affected by rain on the third day as Australia were 46/2 on the third day after being asked to follow on. The match ended in a tame draw after the last two days were completely washed out.
This game dates back to as early as the February of 1888. The only test on the tour was played at the Sydney Cricket Ground as England was put to bat under testing conditions. They were rolled out for 113 runs as C Turner picked a five for. But in reply, the hosts failed very badly as they were bowled out for just 42 runs in their 1st innings. G Lohmann and R Peel shared 5 wickets a piece as they destroyed the Aussie batting line up. England won the test match by 126 runs after bowling out the hosts for only 82 in their 2nd innings after setting a target of 208.
Another match in a different century, the 3rd test of the series in England which was a 3 day match was played at the Oval in London in 1896. England set the travelling team a target of just 110 after low scores in all the innings. However, Australia managed to tumble in the small chase as R Peel ran through the lower middle order of the Australian batting lineup. He picked up 6 wickets on the final day in just 12 overs as Australia made the third lowest score in the history of the Ashes. They were bowled out for 44 runs in just 26 overs as England went on to win the three match series 2-1.
The test series in 1887 started with a game at the Sydney Cricket Ground. England were given the honor of batting first on a very bowler friendly wicket. They could not last too long on the first day as C Turner had a field day. He troubled all the touring batsman and dismissed 6 of them. England was bowled out for just 45 runs in less than 36 overs. But they came back to score 184 in the second innings and managed to beat the hosts by just 13 runs in a memorable match between the two teams.
The Ashes in 1948 in England was one to forget for the home team as they lost the series 4-0 at home. The 5th match of the series started with Australia having won the series already with a 3-0 lead. At the Oval, England won the toss and chose to bat. RR Linwall was the star of the first day as he picked 6 wickets up to dismiss the England team for a mere 52. L Hutton high scored for the home team with 30 runs of 147 balls after opening the innings. A score of 389 by the Australians in their first innings saw the English humiliated to an innings and 149 run loss. They lost the series 4-0 and this was one of the lowest points in the history of English cricket.