England tour of Australia 1986/87

Gladstone Small

Driving under the influence

When Botham asked for spikes of a different kind

December 2006

On top down under

Simon Lister interviews the key figures behind England's successful tour of Australia, 1986-87

Australia 1 England 2

England in Australia 1986-87

England's tour of Australia, under the captaincy of Mike Gatting, brought a timely and much-needed boost to English confidence after the tribulations of the previous months


The Ashes, 1986/87 (England in Australia Tests)

Benson & Hedges Challenge, 1986/87 (Australia, England, Pakistan, West Indies in Australia ODIs)

Benson & Hedges World Series Cup, 1986/87 (Australia, England, West Indies in Australia ODIs)

England tour of Australia, Oct 1986 - Feb 1987

Test matches

One-Day Internationals

Gladstone Small and Mike Gatting celebrate England's win over Australia
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Phil DeFreitas dresses up in drag at the Christmas party
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David Gower flicks behind square on his way to 68
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Mike Gatting in the field
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Tour Results
Australia v England at Sydney - Feb 11, 1987
England won by 8 runs
Australia v England at Melbourne - Feb 8, 1987
England won by 6 wickets (with 48 balls remaining)
England v West Indies at Devonport - Feb 3, 1987
England won by 29 runs
Australia v England at Melbourne - Feb 1, 1987
Australia won by 109 runs
England v West Indies at Melbourne - Jan 30, 1987
West Indies won by 6 wickets (with 9 balls remaining)
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