500-1. The Miracle of Headingley '81 by Rob Steen;Alastair McLellan

By Rob Steen;Alastair McLellan

No season exerts a grip at the hearts of English cricket fans really just like the summer season of 1981. For the 1st time in a iteration, the total kingdom was once transfixed by way of a try sequence. What made all of it the extra awesome was once that the fortunes of the nationwide group, let alone these of the sport ordinarily and the rustic itself, appeared at rock bottom.During the process an Ashes sequence that shifted from the mundane to the fantastical with breathtaking velocity, the 3rd try out at Headingley proved to be the turning-point. Amid list unemployment and the worst outbreak of civil unrest in a century, England, 500-1 opposed to at one level (odds taken through individuals of the Australian team), completed the main inconceivable carrying triumph of the 20 th century, mounting a dramatic comeback to overcome Australia via 18 runs. The names of Ian Botham, Bob Willis and Mike Brearley duly grew to become endlessly entwined with what readers of the Observer lately voted 'Most Memorable carrying Moment'.500-1...

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Less widely publicised factors were brother Ian’s recent divorce and the firm stance of Greg’s wife, Judy, an avid consumer of books with a feminist slant, such as Gail Sheehy’s Passages and Colette Dowling’s The Cinderella Complex. ” They reached a compromise: no more long tours. There was another unstated factor. On 1 February, with New Zealand needing six to win a one-day final in Melbourne and thus avoid prolonging an already swollen schedule, Greg instructed his younger brother Trevor to make the final ball an underarm daisycutter.

E. there was a modicum of both), Wood (108) and Yallop (48) added 130 for the second wicket, only 20 fewer than England aggregated off the bat; Hogg’s 4–29 sealed a 71-run victory. All told, Botham picked up five wickets at 29 while yielding a shade more than four runs per over, ejecting Marsh three times, yet this was largely nullified by scores of 24, 5 and 13 not out, the wand still riddled with rust. Not so the turnstiles: total attendance for the three games was 48,894, takings £230,325. Better yet, after Edgbaston had been saturated by a midday storm of 40 days’ and nights’ intensity, the “Brumbrella” was estimated to have saved at least two hours’ play.

I was waking in the early hours to listen, through whistling static and the odd burst of Lithuanian folk singing, to the broadcasts from Delhi, Bombay and Calcutta. Did I lose interest when the series turned out to be as tedious as the Ashes rubber had been deliriously exciting? No, I just assumed that it was part of the game’s rich tapestry and went even deeper. My brothers and I started playing cricket too. We would walk to a nearby playing field, knowledgeably debating whether Don Bradman or Jack Hobbs had been England’s greatest batsman.

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