An Illustrious History:
Ashes Tests At Trent Bridge

Comment and Analysis | 1st June 2012

The 2013 Investec Ashes Test Match at Trent Bridge will be the 21st meeting between England and Australia in Nottinghamshire. Here's the story so far:

1899 (Match drawn)
W.G. Grace, playing his final Test, was 50 years and 320 days old when the match ended. Wilfred Rhodes, who made his debut in the game, would go on to become the only England player to make a Test appearance at a greater age.

1905 (England won by 213 runs)
Archie MacLaren became the first player to score a Test hundred at Trent Bridge.

1921 (Australia won by 10 wickets)
The one hundredth Ashes Test lasted just five sessions.

1926 (Match drawn)
Only 17 overs were completed in a rain-soaked encounter.

1930 (England won by 93 runs) Syd Copley played just one first class game for Nottinghamshire but held a vital catch to dismiss Stan McCabe and change the course of the 1930 Test at Trent Bridge having served as 13th man for England.

1934 (Australia won by 238 runs)
Australia’s only Test victory between 1928 and 1938 in which Don Bradman did not score a century.

1938 (Match drawn)
Denis Compton became the youngest England batsman to score a Test century at 20 years and 19 days.

1948 (Australia won by 8 wickets)
Having carried his bat through eleven interruptions for light, rain and intervals, Denis Compton’s knock of 184 runs was ended when he stumbled on to his wicket.

1953 (Match drawn)
Alec Bedser’s match figures of 14-99 remain the best ever in a Trent Bridge Test.

1956 (Match drawn)
Australia were set a victory target of 258 following two England declarations but rain left them with just four hours to complete it and they elected to play out a draw.

1964 (Match drawn)
Persistent rain left the players in the pavilion for 14 hours of playing time in the game which marked Geoff Boycott’s England debut. In a display of sportsmanship that might raise an eyebrow in modern encounters, Wally Grout declined to remove the bails for what would have been a routine run out after England bastman Fred Titmus collided with the bowler in attempting a quick single.

1972 (Match drawn)
Ray Illingworth bucked an established trend by becoming the first English captain to invite the opposition to bat first in a Trent Bridge Test. Hundreds from Keith Stackpole and Doug Walters helped Australia to establish a platform but England held on for a comfortable draw.

1977 (England won by seven wickets)
Ian Botham’s England debut also marked Geoff Boycott’s return from self-imposed exile as England secured their first Ashes victory at Trent Bridge since 1930. The appointments of Mike Denness and then Tony Greig as England captains, a commitment to Yorkshire and the pressures of Test cricket had all been cited as possible reasons for Boycott’s international strike but he demonstrated his worth with 107 and 80 not out in this match.

1981 (Australia won by four wickets)
Australia, led by captain Kim Hughes, emerged victorious in a low-scoring game (179 and 132/6) in which only Allan Border and Mike Gatting secured half-centuries. Dennis Lillee took eight wickets in the match to move to fifth in the list of all-time Test wicket-takers, a chart that he topped on retirement. Records reveal gate receipts of £175,000 from a total attendance of 38,172.

1985 (Match drawn)
A flat track, much removed from the lively wickets that had preceded and would follow, leant itself to high individual scores rather than attritional cricket as David Gower (166), Graeme Wood (172) and Greg Ritchie (146) cashed in.

1989 (Australia won by an innings and 180 runs)
Australia set the tone for a dominant victory by ending the first day on 301-0 with openers Geoff Marsh and Mark Taylor wholly untroubled as they contributed to a declared total of 602-6. Aside from Robin Smith’s century, England offered little resistance and had been reduced to 1-2 following ducks for Martyn Moxon and Mike Atherton. The match remains Australia’s only innings victory at Trent Bridge.

1993 (Match drawn)
Australia demonstrated a huge gulf in class throughout the 1993 series in which nine of their team were ever-present whilst England used 24 players in all. Having secured victories at Old Trafford and Lord’s, the tourists would have been buoyed to see four debutants on the England team sheet at Trent Bridge in Graham Thorpe, Mark Lathwell, Martin McCague and Mark Ilott. Thorpe’s second innings century put England in a decent position but the match ended with Australia 169 runs short of victory with four wickets remaining.

1997 (Australia won by 264 runs)
Ben Hollioake became the youngest England cricketer to play in a Trent Bridge Test as he made his debut aged 19 years and 7 months alongside older brother Adam but seven match wickets apiece for Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath wrapped up the match and secured the series. Left page: Shane Warne’s iconic celebration on the Trent Bridge pavilion balcony.

2001 (Australia won by seven wickets)
Trent Bridge provided the backdrop for another Australian celebration as the tourists took an unassailable 3-0 lead. The fearsome bowling attack of McGrath, Lee, Gillespie and Warne had set the tone in removing Mike Atherton in the second ball of his final Test appearance at Trent Bridge before dismantling the middle order.

2005 (England won by three wickets)
Despite the continual presence of the physical urn in the MCC Museum at Lord’s, Australia had held the Ashes since 1989 when they arrived for their 2005 tour. It was to be a series of fine margins with England winning at Edgbaston by two runs and three wickets at Trent Bridge.

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