Australia tour of England and Scotland, 1st Test: England v Australia at Birmingham, Jun 5-8, 1997
The Ashes - 1st Test
England won by 9 wickets
5,6,7,8 June 1997 (5-day match)
  Australia 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
MA Taylor* c Butcher b Malcolm 7 23 16 1 0 43.75
MTG Elliott b Gough 6 18 13 1 0 46.15
GS Blewett c Hussain b Gough 7 35 15 0 0 46.66
ME Waugh b Gough 5 23 25 1 0 20.00
SR Waugh c †Stewart b Caddick 12 31 20 3 0 60.00
MG Bevan c Ealham b Malcolm 8 31 21 1 0 38.09
IA Healy c †Stewart b Caddick 0 2 1 0 0 0.00
JN Gillespie lbw b Caddick 4 13 8 1 0 50.00
SK Warne c Malcolm b Caddick 47 62 46 8 0 102.17
MS Kasprowicz c Butcher b Caddick 17 42 28 3 0 60.71
GD McGrath not out 1 9 3 0 0 33.33
Extras (w 2, nb 2) 4
  Total (all out; 31.5 overs) 118 (3.70 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ  
  D Gough 10 1 43 3 4.30 (3nb, 2w)
  DE Malcolm 10 2 25 2 2.50
  AR Caddick 11.5 1 50 5 4.22 (2nb)
  England 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
MA Butcher c †Healy b Kasprowicz 8 16 13 2 0 61.53
MA Atherton* c †Healy b McGrath 2 10 4 0 0 50.00
AJ Stewart c Elliott b Gillespie 18 52 33 3 0 54.54
N Hussain c †Healy b Warne 207 437 337 38 0 61.42
GP Thorpe c Bevan b McGrath 138 290 245 19 0 56.32
JP Crawley c †Healy b Kasprowicz 1 19 14 0 0 7.14
MA Ealham not out 53 171 131 7 0 40.45
RDB Croft c †Healy b Kasprowicz 24 70 56 4 0 42.85
D Gough c †Healy b Kasprowicz 0 8 9 0 0 0.00
AR Caddick lbw b Bevan 0 11 7 0 0 0.00
Extras (b 4, lb 7, w 1, nb 15) 27
  Total (9 wickets dec; 138.4 overs) 478 (3.44 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ  
  GD McGrath 32 8 107 2 3.34 (7nb)
  MS Kasprowicz 39 8 113 4 2.89 (6nb, 1w)
  JN Gillespie 10 1 48 1 4.80 (1nb)
  SK Warne 35 8 110 1 3.14 (1nb)
  MG Bevan 10.4 0 44 1 4.12
  SR Waugh 12 2 45 0 3.75 (2nb)
  Australia 2nd innings R M B 4s 6s SR
MTG Elliott b Croft 66 145 113 12 0 58.40
MA Taylor* c & b Croft 129 396 296 11 1 43.58
GS Blewett c Butcher b Croft 125 300 228 19 1 54.82
SR Waugh lbw b Gough 33 135 100 3 0 33.00
MG Bevan c Hussain b Gough 24 45 41 4 0 58.53
ME Waugh c †Stewart b Gough 1 8 7 0 0 14.28
IA Healy c Atherton b Ealham 30 66 48 5 0 62.50
SK Warne c & b Ealham 32 51 34 5 0 94.11
MS Kasprowicz c Butcher b Ealham 0 1 2 0 0 0.00
JN Gillespie run out (Crawley/Gough) 0 11 6 0 0 0.00
GD McGrath not out 0 1 0 0 0 -
Extras (b 18, lb 12, w 2, nb 5) 37
  Total (all out; 144.4 overs) 477 (3.29 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ  
  D Gough 35 7 123 3 3.51 (4nb)
  DE Malcolm 21 6 52 0 2.47
  RDB Croft 43 10 125 3 2.90 (2w)
  AR Caddick 30 6 87 0 2.90 (3nb)
  MA Ealham 15.4 3 60 3 3.82
  England 2nd innings (target: 118 runs) R M B 4s 6s SR
MA Butcher lbw b Kasprowicz 14 15 10 2 0 140.00
MA Atherton* not out 57 87 65 9 0 87.69
AJ Stewart not out 40 71 54 7 0 74.07
Extras (b 4, lb 4) 8
  Total (1 wicket; 21.3 overs) 119 (5.53 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ
  GD McGrath 7 1 42 0 6.00
  MS Kasprowicz 7 0 42 1 6.00
  SK Warne 7.3 0 27 0 3.60

Match details


Toss - Australia, who chose to bat
Series - England led the 6-match series 1-0
Test debut - MA Butcher (England)
Player of the match - N Hussain (England)
Umpires - SA Bucknor (West Indies) and P Willey
TV umpire - JW Holder
Match referee - RS Madugalle (Sri Lanka)
Close of play
  • Thu, 5 Jun - day 1 - England 1st innings 200/3 (N Hussain 80*, GP Thorpe 83*)
  • Fri, 6 Jun - day 2 - England 1st innings 449/6 (MA Ealham 32*, RDB Croft 18*)
  • Sat, 7 Jun - day 3 - Australia 2nd innings 256/1 (MA Taylor 108*, GS Blewett 61*)
  • Sun, 8 Jun - day 4 - England 2nd innings 119/1 (21.3 ov) - end of match

Match Notes


Day 4
Day 3
Day 2
Day 1
    • Gillespie injured (hamstring) after bowling 10 overs.
    • Highest test scores for both Hussain and Thorpe.
    • Record 4th wicket partnership for England v Australia, by Hussain and Thorpe, 288 (off 461 balls in 294 mins), beating the previous mark of 222 (Hammond and Paynter, Lords, 1938).
    • Rain stopped play 78 minutes before the scheduled close.
    • Mark Waugh was taken to hospital with stomach pains.
    • A thunderstorm stopped play for 50 minutes with Australia on 399/5.
    • Bevan was the runner for Gillespie and was involved in the mixup in Gillespie's run out.
 
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