The Ashes 1970/71

Result - England 2-0 (7)

'People don't realise how hard it is to win in Australia'

Ray Illingworth looks back on leading England to a hard-fought Ashes win in 1970-71, and dealing with Aussie crowds and umpires

1971

The birth of the one-day international

Poor weather, the threat of another draw and the fear of financial losses conspired to bring the limited-overs game to the international arena in 1971

Statistics

The Ashes, 1970/71 (England in Australia Tests)

England tour of Australia, Oct 1970 - Feb 1971

Test matches

Commentator Brian Johnston conducts the victorious England squad in a rendition of "The Ashes Song" at the Decca studio in London
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England captain Ray Illingworth is lifted onto the shoulders of his team-mates after the Ashes win
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Geoff Boycott sweeps on his way to an unbeaten 142
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Series Results
Australia v England at Sydney - Feb 12-17, 1971
England won by 62 runs
Australia v England at Adelaide - Jan 29-Feb 3, 1971
Match drawn
Australia v England at Melbourne - Jan 21-26, 1971
Match drawn
Australia v England at Sydney - Jan 9-14, 1971
England won by 299 runs
Australia v England at Melbourne - Dec 31, 1970 - Jan 5, 1971
Match abandoned without a ball bowled
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