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2013 Ashes

Ashes Sculpture Unveiled

Ashes Sculpture Unveiled

A new cricket sculpture with an Ashes theme has been unveiled outside the new Tesco store on Stretford Boulevard opposite Emirates Old Trafford.

This cricket-themed sculpture also has designed seating to go with it. Set into the seating are 8 discs which have 8 memorable Ashes moments at Old Trafford engraved.

Titled 'Spin and Bounce' the sculpture by Clare Bigger, and commissioned by Tesco, alludes to some great Ashes moments, notably by spin bowlers Jim Laker and Shane Warne. The work also reflects the general reputation of the Old Trafford wicket in recent times.

If you are visiting the ground and want to view the sculpture and bench, it is easy to find outside the entrance to the Tesco store. There is a walkway opposite the main entrance to Emirates Old Trafford, and it takes just one minute to walk to the store entrance.

The eight moments commemorated are:-

  • The first ever Test at Old Trafford in 1884
  • Australia's 3-run victory in 1902
  • Jim Laker's world-record 19 wickets in 1956
  • Brian Statham's 5-53 in 1961 - the best 'Ashes' bowling at Old Trafford by a Lancashire player
  • Bobby Simpson's 311 in 1964 - the highest individual Test innings at Old Trafford
  • Ian Botham's 118 in 1981
  • Shane Warne's 'Ball of the Century' in 1993
  • The 2005 Test that went to the final delivery



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