The Ashes 1981

Result - England 3-1 (6)

Shootout at Trent Bridge

A soggy Nottingham hosted the low-scoring first Test of the 1981 Ashes, and the quick bowlers ruled the roost

England v Australia, 3rd Test, Headingley, 1981

Beefy has a ciggy

Adrian Murrell on the poignancy of a post-match fag

No. 13

Beefy hits it into the confectionery stall

Botham's 149 was mostly all humpty, but one shot stood head and shoulders clear


The Ashes, 1981 (Australia in England Tests)

Australia tour of England, Jun-Sep 1981

Test matches

Trevor Chappell prepares to release the ball
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Police struggle to contain the crowd after England's victory
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Dennis Lillee walks back to his mark as Ian Both reaches his fifty
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Ian Botham races back to the pavilion with a souvenir stump
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Bob Willis celebrates after Graham Yallop is caught by Ian Botham
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England fans are jubilant after the extraordinary win at Headingley
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Series Results
England v Australia at The Oval - Aug 27-Sep 1, 1981
Match drawn
England v Australia at Manchester - Aug 13-17, 1981
England won by 103 runs
England v Australia at Birmingham - Jul 30-Aug 2, 1981
England won by 29 runs
England v Australia at Leeds - Jul 16-21, 1981
England won by 18 runs
England v Australia at Lord's - Jul 2-7, 1981
Match drawn
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