By Rob Steen;Alastair McLellan
No season exerts a grip at the hearts of English cricket fans relatively just like the summer time of 1981. For the 1st time in a new release, the complete nation was once transfixed by way of a try out sequence. What made all of it the extra amazing used to be that the fortunes of the nationwide workforce, let alone these of the sport mostly and the rustic itself, appeared at rock bottom.During the process an Ashes sequence that shifted from the mundane to the fantastical with breathtaking pace, 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 degree (odds taken through participants of the Australian team), accomplished the main inconceivable carrying triumph of the twentieth century, mounting a dramatic comeback to overcome Australia by means of 18 runs. The names of Ian Botham, Bob Willis and Mike Brearley duly turned ceaselessly entwined with what readers of the Observer lately voted 'Most Memorable wearing Moment'.500-1...
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From there he proceeded to Bombay to face India in the Golden Jubilee Test, took 6–58, dragged his team from 58 for five to 296 with a vibrant 114, then sealed the spoils with 7–48, concluding the greatest one-man show in Test history. Then they made him captain. Helpfully, the coming summer’s opponents were a weakened and relatively inexperienced platoon of baggy green caps shorn of its captain and best batsman, not to mention all but four of the XI that had prevailed at the MCG. For now, the England captaincy was not about to change hands.
It had taken him just 21 outings to complete the 1000 runs–100 wickets double, a new and still untouched record. Pete Townshend had cricket’s first rock’n’roller down to a T: “What is it? I’ll take it/Got a bet there/I’ll meet it/Getting high? ” Alas, in 10 outings as captain, all, save the Centenary Test against Australia, came in the teeth of Hurricane Windies, the game’s most potent act since the 1948 Australians. 79 and a best of 4–77. Not a single game, furthermore, was won. Indeed, in losing just three – two in the Caribbean – England escaped lightly: rain and pitches designed to draw the sting of Andy Roberts et al had confined the West Indies to a solitary win in 1980; then, against Australia, Boycott had to be at his most cussed to save the day after England followed on.
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500-1. The Miracle of Headingley '81 by Rob Steen;Alastair McLellan