The greatest ashes moments
Every English or Australian cricket fan will have their own favourite Ashes moment from when they were growing up. Whether it was Ian Botham’s heroics in 1981, or Shane Warne’s bowl of the century in 1993, youngsters from both nations grew up wanting to be just like their heroes that they watched on the TV.
Below are 8 of the most memorable ashes moments:
Shane Warne’s “Ball of the Century”
Shane Warne is one of crickets finest ever batsmen and has bowled a staggering 9,309 balls in Ashes tests. But there is one of them that will stay in the memories of cricket enthusiasts forever. Rewind to 1993 and the Ashes test at Old Trafford, when a young and slender Warne embarrassed England’s Mike Gatting and stunned the cricketing world with his “ball of the century”. What made this moment so ironic was the fact that this was the first bowl Shane Warne had ever bowled on British soil.
Pigeon reaches the 500 milestone
Affectionately known to cricket fans and teammates as “pigeon”, Glenn McGrath started the first test in 2005 need just one more wicket to reach the highly impressive 500 wicket milestone. After claiming a notable scalp in Trsecothik early on in the test, McGrath decided to wear a gold pair of boots to mark his achievement, this was much to the disapproval of his opposition and team mates, with many people labeling him as arrogant and disrespectful. Either the boots were lucky, Or McGrath simply rose to the occasion as he strolled to impressive match statistics of 9 for 82, playing a key role in the Australians victory.
Ian Botham’s Headingley Heroics
Not very often in a game that consists of 22 players, played over 5 days that you can say one player single handedly won the series for his team. This is exactly what Ian Botham did at Headingley in 1981, in what was arguably the greatest individual performance in the history of the Ashes. Having already rounded up a tally of six first inning wickets, and a half century in England’s below average opening total of 174, Botham walked on to the cricket pitch with odds stacked unfavorably at 500-1 against the English. He then went on to smash a score of 149, inspiring the English to what was a shock series win.
England pip Australia at Edgbaston
For the Aussies, losing to the English under any circumstances can be a bitter pill to swallow, but to lose when all you require is just three more runs for the win, is like swallowing a glass of gone off milk. This is exactly what happened when Australia faced England at Edgbaston during the 2005 Ashes series. Fans of both countries watched nervously as Brett Lee and Michael Kasprowicz engaged ferociously in battle on the ninth wicket for the 62 runs that were required for victory. With Australia just three runs shy of the win, Kasprowicz gloved the ball behind and handed the match to the English. A refreshing moment from this test match was when Freddie Flintoff ran over to console Brett Lee, demonstrating a commendable level of sportsmanship.
Donald Bradman’s final innings
Bradman began his last ever innings at The Oval, requiring four runs to finish his career with an average of 100. Not many people, Including Sir Donald himself, knew about the fantastic feat. Bradman walked out to a standing ovation that would warm the hearts of anyone, as he walked to the wicket, England’s captain (Norman Yardley) called for three cheers. In what was a phenomenal anti-climax, Bradman got a duck which meant that he finished his test career with an average score of 99.94, this wasn’t realized until later.
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