Ashes Classics: Part 1

Most memorable Ashes Test

Vote on our shortlist of classic Ashes moments that have taken place in England since 1981

July 10, 2013

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To coincide with the 2013 Investec Ashes series, we are asking you to vote on our shortlist of classic Ashes moments that have taken place in England since 1981. You can watch each episode of our series and then vote for your winner.

Part 1 - most memorable Test

We have chosen the following shortlist from the great Ashes contests in England over the past 30 years.

Headingley 1981
England win as 500-1 outsiders thanks to Ian Botham's explosive hitting and the ferocious fast bowling of Bob Willis

Headingley 1989
Steve Waugh's finest Ashes knock, plus a century for Mark Taylor, gave Australia 601 for 7 in the first innings and an advantage they never relinquished

Old Trafford 1993
The Ball of the Century. Need we say more? Well, there was also a hundred for Ian Healy and a handled-the-ball dismissal

Edgbaston 2005
The Greatest Test? A nerve-wracking finish fuelled by a memorable Australian last-wicket partnership from Brett Lee and Michael Kasprowicz

Trent Bridge 2005
Another from the 2005 vintage. Andrew Flintoff's rumbustious hundred set up England for a victory that was ultimately far tighter than they had ever imagined

Relive these great Tests above, select your favourite using our poll and then let us know your thoughts below.

Coming soon: most memorable moment

Vote Now - Most Memorable Test
Headingley 19810%
Headingley 19890%
Old Trafford 19930%
Edgbaston 20050%
Trent Bridge 20050%

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Posted by brittop on (July 13, 2013, 7:35 GMT)

@Hugh Oxburgh: What shot of Geraint Jones' at Edgbaston? Even if it happened, you might as well say Headingley only got close after Chris Old managed to stay with Botham for a bit after Dilley got out. Think the last day at Edgbaston was just as unexpected as that of Headingley.

Posted by SquareLegs on (July 11, 2013, 11:06 GMT)

I agree absolutely with @f. Having watched almost every ball of the 1981 series, from the Headingley Test onwards, as well as large chunks of most other home tests until they disappeared from terrestrial television after 2005, I can say that there is absolutely nothing to touch Headingley 1981, in terms of excitement or unpredictability.

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 14:03 GMT)

Cant understand why Edgbaston outscores Headingley. It shouldn't do. It wasn't until Geraint Jones's idiotic shot seemed as though it might cost England the match that it got close. Headingley was more memorable because it was more unexpected, thanks to the heroics of Botham, Dilley, Old & Willis.

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