Player of the Match
Player of the Match
  • BATSMEN
    R
    B
    M
    4s
    6s
    SR
    c Brearley b Botham
    66
    129
    168
    6
    0
    51.16
    c Gatting b Botham
    54
    129
    179
    7
    0
    41.86
    hit wicket b Botham
    31
    67
    101
    1
    0
    46.26
    c Botham b Willis
    26
    50
    59
    1
    0
    52.00
    not out
    106
    230
    290
    13
    0
    46.08
    b Willis
    24
    93
    112
    1
    0
    25.80
    c Botham b Willis
    12
    18
    18
    2
    0
    66.66
    c Brearley b Botham
    3
    40
    41
    0
    0
    7.50
    b Willis
    11
    36
    36
    1
    0
    30.55
    b Botham
    0
    2
    2
    0
    0
    0.00
    b Botham
    4
    13
    38
    1
    0
    30.76
    Extras
    15 (b 4, lb 6, nb 4, w 1)
    TOTAL
    352 all out (132 Overs, RR: 2.66)
    Fall of wickets: 1-120 (Graeme Wood), 2-125 (Martin Kent), 3-169 (Graham Yallop), 4-199 (Kim Hughes), 5-260 (Dirk Wellham), 6-280 (Rod Marsh), 7-303 (Ray Bright), 8-319 (Dennis Lillee), 9-320 (Terry Alderman), 10-352 (Mike Whitney)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    RGD Willis3169142.9300
    M Hendrick3186302.0300
    IT Botham471312562.6500
    JE Emburey2325802.5200

Close of Play

  • Thu, 27 Aug - day 1 - Australia 1st innings 251/4 (AR Border 51*, DM Wellham 19*)
  • Fri, 28 Aug - day 2 - England 1st innings 100/1 (G Boycott 47*, CJ Tavare 8*)
  • Sat, 29 Aug - day 3 - Australia 2nd innings 36/2 (GM Wood 20*)
  • Sun, 30 Aug - rest day
  • Mon, 31 Aug - day 4 - Australia 2nd innings 344/9 (DK Lillee 8*)
  • Tue, 01 Sep - day 5 - England 2nd innings 261/7 (95 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

Australia tour of England 1981 News

  • Shootout at Trent Bridge

    A soggy Nottingham hosted the low-scoring first Test of the 1981 Ashes, and the quick bowlers ruled the roost

  • England in wonderland

    Not the crowd, not the players, not the bookmakers, no one could believe the most incredible Ashes turnaround of them all

  • Cheer up, mate

    An Englishman becomes part of the Aussie entourage... with a little encouragement

  • Getting shirty about substitutes

    The subject of substitute fielders has attracted considerable comment and the ICC is set to clamp down on their use. It was an issue that was high on the agenda twenty-seven years ago

  • The great escape

    Christopher Martin-Jenkins on the epic Headingley Test of 1981