June 30, 2014

Leaving it late

After last week's dramatic finish at Headingley, a look at some other Tests that went down to the wire
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Edgbaston 2005
It's the cliffhanger everyone thinks of first, the one that set up the greatest series of all, as England levelled the 2005 Ashes. An absorbing Test from the start, this one looked settled when, bedevilled by Andrew Flintoff, Australia dipped to 175 for 8 at the end of the third day in pursuit of 282. But tension rose to fever pitch next morning as the Aussies inched closer to their target. First Shane Warne -­ who had bowled like a dream earlier in the game -­ and Brett Lee put on 45, then, after Flintoff interjected again, somehow persuading Warne to tread on his stumps, Lee and last man Michael Kasprowicz added 59 more. Just as England were despairing, Steve Harmison jammed a bouncer into Kasprowicz's glove, and the ball looped to the keeper. England had won by two runs, and their captain, Michael Vaughan, danced a jig of delight.

Brisbane 1960-61
Test cricket's first tie, between Australia and West Indies, ended off the penultimate ball of the last possible over of the match, just like last week's Headingley classic. At the Gabba, though, the final wicket went down as Australia were scrambling for the winning run ,­when the cool West Indian fielder Joe Solomon hit the stumps from side-on to keep it all square.

Durban 1948-49
In a slow-scoring four-day Test at Kingsmead, England were left to get 128 in 28 eight-ball overs. They fell to 70 for 6, and although Denis Compton organised a recovery, the ninth-wicket pair - Alec Bedser and Cliff Gladwin - were left to score 12 off 14 balls at the end. Bedser brought the scores level with two deliveries left, but Gladwin missed the first of them. He and Bedser decided to run on the last ball, come what may, and somehow completed a leg-bye after Gladwin missed again and the ball trickled away off his body. The unlikely batting heroes danced what Wisden termed "a jubilation one-step" (no, we don't know either). A similar nervy chase in the fifth Test at Port Elizabeth - the margin three wickets this time ­- gave England the series 2-0.

Christchurch 1991-92
The winning margin - England by an innings and four runs - doesn't suggest a nailbiter, but this match did go right down to the wire. Martin Crowe, New Zealand's captain, had resisted for more than two hours as the clock ticked down on the final day, but regular wickets for Phil Tufnell left the home side nine down. With ten minutes to go and New Zealand 264 for 9, Tuffers looped up a flighted delivery. A four would level the scores, forcing England to bat again... only there wouldn't be time for them to go in, once the gap between innings was taken into account. Crowe took the bait, went for the boundary - but succeeded only in skying to mid-off, where Derek Pringle held on to the catch. Tufnell finished with a career-best 7 for 47, and 11 wickets in the match.

The Oval 1882
The match that gave us the Ashes legend was so tense that one spectator reportedly died of a heart attack, while another chewed through his umbrella handle. England, set only 85 to win, were shot out for 77 by Fred Spofforth, who took 14 for 90 in the match: he was fired up at the end after a bit of sharp practice by WG Grace ran out one of "The Demon's" team-mates. England hadn't expected to lose at home to the upstart Aussies, one reason for the mock obituary of English cricket that appeared in the Sporting Times shortly afterwards.

Chennai 1986-87
The second tied Test, like the first, ended with a wicket from the penultimate ball of the last possible over. In enervating conditions ­- Dean Jones went to hospital after a superb 210 earlier in the match -­ the Australian offspinner Greg Matthews began his 40th over of the final innings with India needing four to win, and the last pair at the crease. Ravi Shastri managed a two, and a single from the third ball, to bring the scores level. Last man Maninder Singh defended the next one but was adjudged lbw to the fifth. Matthews's tenth wicket of the match sealed the tie.

Bulawayo 1996-97
England's first official Test against Zimbabwe boiled down to a chase of 205 in 37 overs. England seemed to be cruising as Nick Knight and Alec Stewart were putting on 137, but wickets went down as the overs ran out. Zimbabwe bowled defensively, often well down the leg side - the watching Trevor Bailey would have approved; he did something similar to save an Ashes Test in 1953 - and although Knight managed a six in the final over he still needed three from Heath Streak's last ball. He carved it away towards the boundary, but was run out going for the vital third: it was the first Test to end as a draw with the scores level (there have been two more since).

Old Trafford 1902
It was, enthused Wisden, "one of the most memorable matches in the whole history of cricket, the Australians, after some extraordinary fluctuations of fortune, winning by three runs". In a match full of startling collapses, England were 92 for 3, chasing only 124, when the great Ranji was out. The final collapse followed: soon it was 116 for 9, with the debutant Fred Tate on strike. He swiped a boundary, but was bowled fourth ball looking for another one. England had lost; Tate never played for England again. The next Test, at The Oval, was another heart-stopper: England won it by one wicket, their last pair putting on 15.

Adelaide 1992-93
With Australia already one up, victory in the fourth Test would have given them the series against West Indies - and unofficial world-champion status. It looked good when they embarked on a modest chase of 186; less good when they dipped to 74 for 7. Marshalled by the debutant Justin Langer, they got close but when Langer was out for 54 it looked all over at 144 for 9. But Nos. 10 and 11 - Tim May and Craig McDermott - cranked them to within sight of the target. Finally, though, "a short ball from Courtney Walsh pitched on off stump, and lifted to brush McDermott's hand" (Wisden). Darrell Hair gave it out caught behind, although McDermott still swears he never touched it, and the West Indians celebrated a one-run victory, the narrowest in Test history. They won the final Test as well: Australia's long-serving captain Allan Border had never beaten the Windies in a series... and never did.

Melbourne 1907-08
If 19-year-old Gerry Hazlitt had held his nerve, Test cricket's first tie would have been at the MCG in January 1908, not at the Gabba 52 years later. Australia had trailed by 116 on first innings, but a strong comeback set England 282 to win, and they looked doomed when the ninth wicket went down at 243. But Sydney Barnes, the great bowler, was nothing if not bloody-minded: with the help of his new-ball partner, the No. 11 Arthur Fielder, he levelled the scores. The winning run, though, came when they attempted a terribly short single: Hazlitt rushed in from cover point, shied at the stumps... and missed. England had won by one wicket.

Melbourne 1982-83
The remarkably neat scorecard - all four innings within ten runs of one another, the first three all completed in exactly one day - hides a classic match. Like many others here, it boiled down to the last-wicket pair: an England win looked a formality when Australia slipped to 218 for 9, chasing 292. England gave singles to Allan Border, in order to get at No. 11 Jeff Thomson but Thommo defended heroically, while the previously out-of-form Border played himself back into nick. By the fourth-day close they had knocked off 37 of the 74 runs they needed ­ and 18,000 turned up next morning to see what might have been just one ball. Instead Australia continued to tick off the runs, until only four were required. Bob Willis turned to the golden arm of Ian Botham, and he served up a wide one: Thomson's eyes lit up, he went for the winning boundary, but only edged it straight to first slip. Still the drama wasn't quite over: a white-faced Chris Tavare could only parry the ball upwards and behind him, but Geoff Miller ran round to hold the catch.

Steven Lynch is the editor of the Wisden Guide to International Cricket 2014. Ask Steven is now on Facebook

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  • 4test90 on June 30, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    I am very lucky to say that I attended 2 of these Tests, and saw Aust lose by a combined 4 runs !! I was an 11 yr boy in my home town of Melbourne in 1982/3 and after going to the Test on the 4th day (Aust 37 to get, 1 wkt left) I begged Mum to take me the next day but she wouldn't because (not unreasonably) she argued it could all be over after one ball !! Aust lost by 3 runs and 10 yrs later as a 21yr old I went to Adelaide for the Aust/WI Test. I went to the first 2 days but then had to get back to Melb for work and so missed the closest finish in Test history. McDermott however (and Kasprowicz in 2005) would have been saved by the DRS if it happened today.

  • on July 1, 2014, 22:57 GMT

    @cloudmess: there haven't been enough such matches to make a full XI - only four or five in total I think.

    @wapuser: the subject of the article is Tests which had tight finishes. The Kolkata match was certainly a remarkable turnaround, but India eventually won by 171 runs which is definitely not a tight finish.

  • on July 1, 2014, 14:48 GMT

    @Rajiv. The reason historically why Australia break records and in most of these cases are on the end of some of the records is because of the brand of cricket they play. Australia would rather lose a game trying to win it , rather than just take the easy option and play for a draw.

  • on July 1, 2014, 0:09 GMT

    This list doesn't contain Ind vs aus test match in 2001 which was one of the most thrilling test in the history of cricket..

  • Leonb on June 30, 2014, 23:53 GMT

    @Prashant Geetam - Well said ... I could not agree more! A game rich in history and drama that certainly extends well before 1980!

  • on June 30, 2014, 22:28 GMT

    You missed the 3rd test in Mumbai between India and West Indies. Draw with score tied.

  • Jonathan_E on June 30, 2014, 21:16 GMT

    Another really close match happened in the 1974-75 Ashes series - in which the other five matches were all won by wide margins (Tests #1, #2, #4 and #5 by Australia, thanks largely to Lillee and Thomson: #6 to England, when both were injured.)

    But the 3rd test of the series was a nailbiter... England started with 242, Australia replied with 241, England's second innings was 244, and Australia needed 246 on the last day to win or 245 to tie (scoring rates were slow and some time had been lost to rain.) They started well but slowly, and every time they tried to raise the scoring rate they lost wickets, and they ran out of time (and light) at 238/8, for one of the closest drawn matches: if the match had been completed, no matter which way - whether Australia got the runs or England the wickets - the scores of all four innings would have been within a maximum of 6 runs of each other.

  • cloudmess on June 30, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    Even as an England supporter, I think Adelaide 92/93 should have been top of the list rather than Edgbaston 2005. After last week's dramatic test match, it would be nice to have a list of games which have been either won or lost in the last scheduled over.

  • Sneezo on June 30, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    Some great memories thinking of these. Melbourne in 82/83 - Thommo kept his head down brilliantly until that last over, and then Channel 9 went to a long commercial break in expectation of a win and missed the catch live. Adelaide 92/93 - I never really believed until the penultimate ball, but as soon as I started to hope, my dreams were quashed. Headingly 2005 - Fantastic match played in the best spirit; would DRS have made a difference?

    I still haven't played in a tied game myself but I played in two 1 run victories in 2012, and was the bowler who took the last wicket in both instances. I've also been in the middle for two 1 wicket victories and was fortunate enough to hit the winning runs both time. It's hard to beat a good close finish, and even better when you're on the winning side.

    Penalty shootouts have their own drama but 5 days of stoking the fire to come down to one ball is priceless.

  • on June 30, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    You missed the 3rd test in Mumbai between India v/s West Indies

  • 4test90 on June 30, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    I am very lucky to say that I attended 2 of these Tests, and saw Aust lose by a combined 4 runs !! I was an 11 yr boy in my home town of Melbourne in 1982/3 and after going to the Test on the 4th day (Aust 37 to get, 1 wkt left) I begged Mum to take me the next day but she wouldn't because (not unreasonably) she argued it could all be over after one ball !! Aust lost by 3 runs and 10 yrs later as a 21yr old I went to Adelaide for the Aust/WI Test. I went to the first 2 days but then had to get back to Melb for work and so missed the closest finish in Test history. McDermott however (and Kasprowicz in 2005) would have been saved by the DRS if it happened today.

  • on July 1, 2014, 22:57 GMT

    @cloudmess: there haven't been enough such matches to make a full XI - only four or five in total I think.

    @wapuser: the subject of the article is Tests which had tight finishes. The Kolkata match was certainly a remarkable turnaround, but India eventually won by 171 runs which is definitely not a tight finish.

  • on July 1, 2014, 14:48 GMT

    @Rajiv. The reason historically why Australia break records and in most of these cases are on the end of some of the records is because of the brand of cricket they play. Australia would rather lose a game trying to win it , rather than just take the easy option and play for a draw.

  • on July 1, 2014, 0:09 GMT

    This list doesn't contain Ind vs aus test match in 2001 which was one of the most thrilling test in the history of cricket..

  • Leonb on June 30, 2014, 23:53 GMT

    @Prashant Geetam - Well said ... I could not agree more! A game rich in history and drama that certainly extends well before 1980!

  • on June 30, 2014, 22:28 GMT

    You missed the 3rd test in Mumbai between India and West Indies. Draw with score tied.

  • Jonathan_E on June 30, 2014, 21:16 GMT

    Another really close match happened in the 1974-75 Ashes series - in which the other five matches were all won by wide margins (Tests #1, #2, #4 and #5 by Australia, thanks largely to Lillee and Thomson: #6 to England, when both were injured.)

    But the 3rd test of the series was a nailbiter... England started with 242, Australia replied with 241, England's second innings was 244, and Australia needed 246 on the last day to win or 245 to tie (scoring rates were slow and some time had been lost to rain.) They started well but slowly, and every time they tried to raise the scoring rate they lost wickets, and they ran out of time (and light) at 238/8, for one of the closest drawn matches: if the match had been completed, no matter which way - whether Australia got the runs or England the wickets - the scores of all four innings would have been within a maximum of 6 runs of each other.

  • cloudmess on June 30, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    Even as an England supporter, I think Adelaide 92/93 should have been top of the list rather than Edgbaston 2005. After last week's dramatic test match, it would be nice to have a list of games which have been either won or lost in the last scheduled over.

  • Sneezo on June 30, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    Some great memories thinking of these. Melbourne in 82/83 - Thommo kept his head down brilliantly until that last over, and then Channel 9 went to a long commercial break in expectation of a win and missed the catch live. Adelaide 92/93 - I never really believed until the penultimate ball, but as soon as I started to hope, my dreams were quashed. Headingly 2005 - Fantastic match played in the best spirit; would DRS have made a difference?

    I still haven't played in a tied game myself but I played in two 1 run victories in 2012, and was the bowler who took the last wicket in both instances. I've also been in the middle for two 1 wicket victories and was fortunate enough to hit the winning runs both time. It's hard to beat a good close finish, and even better when you're on the winning side.

    Penalty shootouts have their own drama but 5 days of stoking the fire to come down to one ball is priceless.

  • on June 30, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    You missed the 3rd test in Mumbai between India v/s West Indies

  • brahms on June 30, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    There's something about the England-Zimbabwe match in Bulawayo that has never been satisfactorily explained. At the close of Zimbabwe's second innings the scorer in the commentary box (Jan King ?) said that England would have 38 overs to score the runs. She went to compare her records with those of the match scorers who confirmed the 38 over figure. However, the match referee, Hanumant Singh, said it should be 37 overs and that could not be challenged. Was he correct ? I find it hard to believe that three experienced scorers can be wrong.

  • ken51 on June 30, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    My dear Steven,your English slip is showing. Edgbaston 2005 is NOT the cliffhanger everyone thinks of first,and definitely not the "greatest series of all time".There are many other contenders for these titles,as per the comments on your otherwise interesting article.I strongly recommend presentation of the stories,as in all the other matches cited,without overenthusiastic embellishment.

  • on June 30, 2014, 10:46 GMT

    @bouncy-pitch: What are you talking about? The 2nd tied Test is the sixth match on this list..

  • on June 30, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    The great thing here is that we are all talking about Test matches! Not the boring ODI/2020 . The only ODI I remember that have been played in Aus V SA semi, 1999 wc!

  • bouncy-pitch on June 30, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    Steven, Apologies and Mea Culpa; my enthusiasm and bleary eyes deceived me this morning!

    However my point about it being the "forgotten" tied test stands. Most people think of Brisbane when they think of tied test.

  • on June 30, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    What is interesting is that Australia are always involved in the close matches.

    The 3 times a team as followed on and won has had Aus involved and each time they lost.

    The 2 tied Tests involve Aus.

    Aus have lost matches by 1,2,3,5 and some other closer ones too.

  • CricketPissek on June 30, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    @bouncy-pitch - what ARE you on about? Are you blind or (more realistically) just glance at things looking for certain words and go to the trouble of making big statements without checking again! Are you still living in the 80s and have forgotten that Madras is now known as Chennai? READ the article! The 6th entry is Chennai 1986-87

  • on June 30, 2014, 8:56 GMT

    Most of people commenting and giving their own list seems to be unaware of the great history of the game. Giving lists consisting of test matches only of last 20 years shows unawareness towards the history. Would suggest you all to read about matches during the first fifty years of the game.

  • bouncy-pitch on June 30, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    Steven,

    Conveniently, everyone seems to forget that there were actually 2 tied tests in history. India v Australia at Masras, 1986. Maninder lbw Matthews off the penultimate ball of test! The penultimate balk ll result same as Brisbane 61 and also Eranga's dismissal of Anderson last week. I would love to know why Madras 86 is forever the forgotten tid test?

  • harshthakor on June 30, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    What is fascinating is that some of the drawn tests have overshadowed many of the games with results.The 2013 test between West Indies and India at Mumbai is one example.The ones that come to my mid most are the 1979 test between England and India at the Oval,and the drawn tests between West Indies and Pakistan at Barbados in 1977 and Trinidad in 1988.Chasing a target of 438 runs to win against all odds India were coasting along at at 366-1 needing just 72 runs from 12 overs.Then a dramatic burst of wickets took place and India finished at 429-8.In 1977 at Barbados Pakistan were reeling 1t 158-9 in the 2nd innings just 172 runs ahead before a record tenth wicket partnership of 133 runs between Wasim Raja and Bari.Chasing a target of 306 to win From 142-1 West Indies tottered to 217-8 and finally finished at 254-9.At Trinidad in 1988 chasing 372 to win Pak were coasting home at 282-5 before a flurry of wickets and finished at 341-9.The Ist innings was absolutely neck to neck.

  • harshthakor on June 30, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    My list in order 1.Leeds test 1981 of Ashes (eng-18runs)

    2.2nd test between South Africa and Australia in 2010 in S.Africa(Australia-2wkts.)

    3.4th test at Edgbaston of 1981 Ashes(Eng-29 runs)

    4.2nd test at Kolkata in 2001 between India and Australia(India-52 runs)

    5.West Indies v.Australia in Barbados in 1999 (West Indies-1 wkt.)

    6.Ist test of 1993-94 series in Australia between S.Africa and Australia(S.Africa -6runs)

    7.1985 2nd test at Auckland between New Zealand and Pakistan.(N.Zealand-2 wkts)

    8.1st test at Karachi of 1994 series between Australia and Pakistan (Pak-1wkt.)

    9.1st test of 2013 ashes series at Trent Bridge(Eng-6 runs)

    10..2nd test at Antigua between West Indies and Pakistan in 2000.(West Indies-1wkt.)

    11.West Indies and Pakistan at Barbados in 1977.(draw)

    12.India v England at the Oval in 1979.(draw)

  • harshthakor on June 30, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    This piece proves that test cricket is the ultimate form of the game.Arguably no sport has the twists and turns of test cricket where the ebb and flow can continuously turn one way or the other.the best test matches remind us of classic Hollywood films or classic novels with an unexpected climax.Overall a good selection.

    I would have included the 1981 Leeds test of the Ashes series where England won after following on because of the herculean efforts of Botham and Willis.I would also add the 2nd test between Australia and South Africa in 2010 in S.Africa which the Aussies clinched by 2 wickets.Few tests ever had the pendulum changing in opposite directions.Another game to my memory was South Africa pipping Australia by 6 runs in 1993-94 at Sydney where Fanni Devilliers was the star.I also pick the 2nd test at Trindad in 1988 and the 1st test at Barbados in 1977. between West Indies and Pakistan.They were test cricket's great drawn tests.

  • on June 30, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    India vs West Indies, Mumbai, Nov 2011, was a draw of the last ball of the match. That was just the 3rd draw in all tests.

  • on June 30, 2014, 4:56 GMT

    Amazed that the recent test match between Pakistan and Srilanka is not included in the list. It was one hell of a match and went to the wire too. Misbah drove his team to victory as they chased over 300 runs in mere 56 overs on the last day. How could this be missed as it was a stunning performance from Pakistan to dramatize an imminent drawn into victory.

  • on June 30, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    Good read, how can one miss couple of high voltage Indo-Pak in Banglore!

  • on June 30, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    Good read, how can one miss couple of high voltage Indo-Pak in Banglore!

  • on June 30, 2014, 4:56 GMT

    Amazed that the recent test match between Pakistan and Srilanka is not included in the list. It was one hell of a match and went to the wire too. Misbah drove his team to victory as they chased over 300 runs in mere 56 overs on the last day. How could this be missed as it was a stunning performance from Pakistan to dramatize an imminent drawn into victory.

  • on June 30, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    India vs West Indies, Mumbai, Nov 2011, was a draw of the last ball of the match. That was just the 3rd draw in all tests.

  • harshthakor on June 30, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    This piece proves that test cricket is the ultimate form of the game.Arguably no sport has the twists and turns of test cricket where the ebb and flow can continuously turn one way or the other.the best test matches remind us of classic Hollywood films or classic novels with an unexpected climax.Overall a good selection.

    I would have included the 1981 Leeds test of the Ashes series where England won after following on because of the herculean efforts of Botham and Willis.I would also add the 2nd test between Australia and South Africa in 2010 in S.Africa which the Aussies clinched by 2 wickets.Few tests ever had the pendulum changing in opposite directions.Another game to my memory was South Africa pipping Australia by 6 runs in 1993-94 at Sydney where Fanni Devilliers was the star.I also pick the 2nd test at Trindad in 1988 and the 1st test at Barbados in 1977. between West Indies and Pakistan.They were test cricket's great drawn tests.

  • harshthakor on June 30, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    My list in order 1.Leeds test 1981 of Ashes (eng-18runs)

    2.2nd test between South Africa and Australia in 2010 in S.Africa(Australia-2wkts.)

    3.4th test at Edgbaston of 1981 Ashes(Eng-29 runs)

    4.2nd test at Kolkata in 2001 between India and Australia(India-52 runs)

    5.West Indies v.Australia in Barbados in 1999 (West Indies-1 wkt.)

    6.Ist test of 1993-94 series in Australia between S.Africa and Australia(S.Africa -6runs)

    7.1985 2nd test at Auckland between New Zealand and Pakistan.(N.Zealand-2 wkts)

    8.1st test at Karachi of 1994 series between Australia and Pakistan (Pak-1wkt.)

    9.1st test of 2013 ashes series at Trent Bridge(Eng-6 runs)

    10..2nd test at Antigua between West Indies and Pakistan in 2000.(West Indies-1wkt.)

    11.West Indies and Pakistan at Barbados in 1977.(draw)

    12.India v England at the Oval in 1979.(draw)

  • harshthakor on June 30, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    What is fascinating is that some of the drawn tests have overshadowed many of the games with results.The 2013 test between West Indies and India at Mumbai is one example.The ones that come to my mid most are the 1979 test between England and India at the Oval,and the drawn tests between West Indies and Pakistan at Barbados in 1977 and Trinidad in 1988.Chasing a target of 438 runs to win against all odds India were coasting along at at 366-1 needing just 72 runs from 12 overs.Then a dramatic burst of wickets took place and India finished at 429-8.In 1977 at Barbados Pakistan were reeling 1t 158-9 in the 2nd innings just 172 runs ahead before a record tenth wicket partnership of 133 runs between Wasim Raja and Bari.Chasing a target of 306 to win From 142-1 West Indies tottered to 217-8 and finally finished at 254-9.At Trinidad in 1988 chasing 372 to win Pak were coasting home at 282-5 before a flurry of wickets and finished at 341-9.The Ist innings was absolutely neck to neck.

  • bouncy-pitch on June 30, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    Steven,

    Conveniently, everyone seems to forget that there were actually 2 tied tests in history. India v Australia at Masras, 1986. Maninder lbw Matthews off the penultimate ball of test! The penultimate balk ll result same as Brisbane 61 and also Eranga's dismissal of Anderson last week. I would love to know why Madras 86 is forever the forgotten tid test?

  • on June 30, 2014, 8:56 GMT

    Most of people commenting and giving their own list seems to be unaware of the great history of the game. Giving lists consisting of test matches only of last 20 years shows unawareness towards the history. Would suggest you all to read about matches during the first fifty years of the game.

  • CricketPissek on June 30, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    @bouncy-pitch - what ARE you on about? Are you blind or (more realistically) just glance at things looking for certain words and go to the trouble of making big statements without checking again! Are you still living in the 80s and have forgotten that Madras is now known as Chennai? READ the article! The 6th entry is Chennai 1986-87

  • on June 30, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    What is interesting is that Australia are always involved in the close matches.

    The 3 times a team as followed on and won has had Aus involved and each time they lost.

    The 2 tied Tests involve Aus.

    Aus have lost matches by 1,2,3,5 and some other closer ones too.