Ashes Classics: Part 4 August 6, 2013

Most memorable Ashes innings

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

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 4 - most memorable Ashes innings

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

Ian Botham (Eng) 149* Headingley 1981
One of the most rumbustious, devil-may-care batting escapades in Test history launched a miraculous England fightback.
Scorecard | Wisden report

David Gower (Eng) 157 The Oval 1985
Gower reckons he has never batted better than he did at The Oval, the highlight of a summer strewn with lissome strokeplay which brought him three centuries and the Man-of-the-Series award.
Scorecard | Wisden report

Allan Border (Aus) 196 Lord's 1985
Border felt betrayed by seven players who withdrew from the Ashes squad to join a rebel tour of South Africa. His own commitment was unquestioned and never illustrated more perfectly than during this nuggety performance at Lord's.
Scorecard | Wisden report

Mark Butcher (Eng) 173* Headingley 2001
England had already lost the Ashes series, overwhelmingly so, when Butcher walked to the crease with a Test average of 27 in 13 Tests and England still needing 307 for victory. This was his quite inspirational retort.
Scorecard | Wisden report

Ricky Ponting (Aus) 156 Old Trafford 2005
Thousands were locked out of Old Trafford on the final day with England rampant. But Ponting, under huge pressure as Australia's captain, defied England's bowlers with an innings that his opposite number, Michael Vaughan, described as one of the best he had ever seen.
Scorecard | Wisden report

Coming soon: most memorable moments

Most Memorable Ashes innings
Ian Botham (Eng) 149*, Headingley 19810%
David Gower (Eng) 154, The Oval 19850%
Alan Border (Aus) 196, Lord's 19850%
Mark Butcher (Eng) 173*, Headingley 20010%
Ricky Ponting (Aus) 156, Old Trafford 20050%