Ashes Classics: Part 3

Most memorable Ashes bowling performance

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

ESPNcricinfo staff

July 30, 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 3 - most memorable bowling performance

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

Bob Willis (Eng) 8-43, Headingley 1981
Bob Willis went to Ian Botham's barbecue on the rest day at Headingley in 1981 convinced he would never play for England again. Then he summoned one of Test history's greatest spells.
Scorecard | Wisden report

Craig McDermott (Aus) 6-70, Lord's 1985
Craig McDermott rarely looked more impressive in an Australia shirt than when he took six wickets at Lord's in 1985, a summer in which his 30 Test wickets announced his arrival on the fast-bowling scene.
Scorecard | Wisden report

Shane Warne (Aus) 6-48, Old Trafford 1997
Shane Warne began 1997 by storming out of a Madame Tussauds media conference when references were made about his expanding waistline. But he was no waxwork at Old Trafford as this display silenced his critics.
Scorecard | Wisden report

Glenn McGrath (Aus) 8-38, Lord's 1997
England made only 77 at Lord's when Glenn McGrath took advantage of ideal bowling conditions at a ground he always loved.
Scorecard | Wisden report

Jason Gillespie (Aus) 7-37, Headingley 1997
Gillespie took his Test-best figures at Headingley in 1997 and had such fond memories of the ground that he went back there to coach Yorkshire.
Scorecard | Wisden report

Coming soon: most memorable innings.

Most memorable bowling displays
Bob Willis (Eng) 8-43, Headingley 19810%
Craig McDermott (Aus) 6-70, Lord's 19850%
Shane Warne (Aus) 6-48, Old Trafford 19970%
Glenn McGrath (Aus) 8-38, Lord's 19970%
Jason Gillespie (Aus) 7-37, Headingley 19970%



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Posted by   on (July 31, 2013, 15:11 GMT)

I am surely not the first to notice that if the aim is to find out which of these is the most *memorable*, it rather defeats the object to have a little video clip to remind us all of each of them. Personally, I find them all equally memorable, 30 seconds after watching a clip of them! ;-) I'm surely not alone in that.

Posted by ze_wolf on (July 31, 2013, 8:03 GMT)

Out of the ones listed has to be Willis hands down - all of the others were great performances which put their teams in the box seat, but Willis closed out the game for his team.

Posted by liz1558 on (July 30, 2013, 15:48 GMT)

Botham, Edgbaston, 1981 - a spell of 5-1 when Australia needed 30 to win. As Brearley said, he didn't even want to bowl.

Posted by   on (July 30, 2013, 12:30 GMT)

Flintoff 2005, Edgbaston.

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