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2013 Ashes

Old Trafford Ashes Highlights

Old Trafford Ashes Highlights

When Alastair Cook and Michael Clarke toss up at Emirates Old Trafford in the 3rd Investec Ashes Test Match on 1st August, they will be following in some famous footsteps that go back 129 years.

There have been 31 Test Matches at Old Trafford between England and Australia. Here are some of the highlights, with the scorecard linked for each game. 

The 3-day Tests

  • 1884 England dismissed for only 95 (Boyle 6-42) in Old Trafford’s first-ever Test, making the ground the second-oldest Test venue in England behind the Oval. Lancashire players A.N. Hornby, Allan Steel, R.G.Barlow and wicketkeeper Richard Pilling all played for England as the match ended in a draw.
  • 1886 A record crowd of 10,000 watched the first day’s play and R.G.Barlow had a wonderful match scoring 68 runs (out once) and taking three catches and seven wickets as England won by 4 wickets.
  • 1888 England won by an innings bowling out Australia for 81 and 70 with Bobby Peel taking 11-68 in the match.
  • 1893 England’s William Gunn batted for 250 minutes to score the first Test century at Old Trafford, and A.E.Stoddard became the first captain to declare in a Test. Tom Richardson took 10-155 on his Test debut, but the game was drawn.
  • 1896 Ranji scored 62 and 154* on his Test debut and as was the first player to score a 100 before lunch in a Test match. Tom Richardson took 7-168 & 6-76 and almost won the match for England, but Australia (125-7) won for the first time at Old Trafford.
  • 1899 Tom Hayward scored 130 as Australia were made to follow on, but they held out for a draw.
  • 1902 Known as 'Tate’s Test', this match ended in a breathtaking finish as Trumble (6-53) and Saunders (4-25) bowled Australia to a  3 run victory.
  • 1905 F.S.Jackson scored 113, his second hundred in successive Tests. England won by an innings, the last Ashes Test that either side won at Old Trafford until 1956.
  • 1909 Twenty wickets fell on the first day with Frank Laver taking 8-31 for Australia, but the match remained drawn.
  • 1912 Triangular Tournament between England, Australia and South Africa takes place. In game 6 between England and Australia at Old Trafford, Wilfrid Rhodes scores 92 but the match is ruined by rain and drawn.
  • 1921 C.A.G Russell scores 101 for England, and Cec Parkin takes 5-38 in a draw.
  • 1926 Bill Woodfull and Charles Macartney score centuries for Australia, and Lancashire’s Ernest Tyldesley top scores for England with 81. Match Drawn

4-day Test Matches arrive

  • 1930 Jack Hobbs and Herbert Sutcliffe made their eleventh and last century opening partnership against Australia. Bill Woodfull and Bill Ponsford also score a century opening partnership in Old Trafford’s first four-day Test. Match Drawn.
  • 1934 Patsy Hendren and Maurice Leyland score big hundreds as England amass 627. Bill O’Reilly took three wickets in four balls and finished with 7-189. Stan McCabe replies with 137 and Australia just manage to avoid the follow-on. Match Drawn.

The post-war 5-day Tests

  • 1948 Old Trafford’s first five-day Test still produced a draw, with Denis Compton scoring 145* in England total of 363. Don Bradman‘s 30 equalled his highest Test score at Old Trafford.
  • 1953 Australia collapsed to finish on 35-8 on a turning pitch on the last day with Yorkshire’s Johnny Wardle taking four wickets for seven runs only to be dropped for the next Test Match at Headingley. A dramatic finish ends in a draw.
  • 1956 Jim Laker takes 19 wickets to set a Test record that in all likelihood will never be broken. England (459) win by an innings as Australia succumb to Laker's 9-37 & 10-53 to be shot out twice for 84 & 205.
  • 1961 Australia win their first Test Match at Old Trafford since 1902 by 54 runs in a match which swung both ways. Brian Statham took 5-53 and Australia’s Richie Benaud 6-70. The attendance of 120,417 is still the highest in the ground's history.
  • 1964 Australian opener Bobby Simpson scored 311 (still the highest innings in an Old Trafford Test) with Ken Barrington replying with 256 and Ted Dexter 174. Needless to say the match was drawn.
  • 1968 Australia won by 159 runs with Doug Walters scoring 81 and 86. England’s Pat Pocock took 6-79.
  • 1972 Dennis Lillee took 6-66 but could not prevent an England win by 89 runs with Tony Greig top-scoring (57 & 62) in both innings on his Test debut. Australian wicketkeeper Rodney Marsh took five catches in the second innings and scored a quick-fire 91.
  • 1977 Bob Woolmer scored 137 and Derek Underwood took 6-66 as England won by 9 wickets. Greg Chappell scored 112 for the visitors.
  • 1981 Ian Botham hit 118 in 86 balls and Lancashire’s Paul Allott scored 52* on his Test debut.  Australia’s first innings lasted only 30 overs and despite centuries by Yallop and Border, England won a memorable victory by 103 runs.
  • 1985 Mike Gatting scored his first Test century (160) and Australia’s Craig McDermott took 8-141. Alan Border scored 146* in a drawn game. Unusually the first three England bowlers (Botham, Agnew and Allott) were all born in Cheshire.
  • 1989 Robin Smith and Jack Russell made centuries for England. Terry Alderman took 5-66 and Geoff Lawson 6-72 as Australia won by 9 wickets.
  • 1993 This Test will always be remembered for one ball. Shane Warne’s first ball in Ashes cricket was unplayable, pitching leg side outside Gatting’s legs and hitting the top of the off stump. There were centuries by Mark Taylor, Ian Healy and Graham Gooch. Despite Peter Such taking 6-72, Australia won by 179 runs.
  • 1997 Steve Waugh scored a century in each innings and Shane Warne took 6-48 as Australia won by 268 runs. John Crawley top scored for England with 83.
  • 2005 After five memorable, tension-racked days this game ended in a thrilling draw with 20,000 locked out on the final day as Australia, with one wicket left, held out for a draw thanks to skipper Ricky Ponting's epic 156. England skipper Michael Vaughan hit a brilliant 166, Simon Jones took 6-53 in Australia's first innings, while Andrew Flintoff took 4 wickets on the last day, but Australia held on - just.


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