Australia tour of England 1981

Shootout at Trent Bridge

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

The Ashes, Headingley, 1981

England in wonderland

Not the crowd, not the players, not the bookmakers, no one could believe the most incredible Ashes turnaround of them all

Trevor Chappell

Cheer up, mate

An Englishman becomes part of the Aussie entourage... with a little encouragement


Prudential Trophy, 1981 (Australia in England ODIs)

The Ashes, 1981 (Australia in England Tests)

Australia tour of England, Jun-Sep 1981

Test matches

One-Day Internationals

Ian Botham laughs as a fan dressed in a gorilla suit comes up to shake his hand
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Mike Brearley throws the ball to Bob Willis
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Chris Old bowls Allan Border
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Allan Border top-scored in the match with 63
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Mike Hendrick bowls
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Allan Border bats
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Tour 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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