Ashes Preview

The Ashes is a cricket trophy that is fiercely contested between England and Australia. There has always been a great rivalry between these great cricket nations, and whether it is before, during or after the Test Match the players always have plenty to say.

 

The Ashes series gets under way on Wednesday, with England taking on Australia at Trent Bridge. Here are some key numbers involved matches between the two at the ground:

20 - Number of Tests between England and Australia at Trent Bridge.

4 - Number of England wins.

7 - Number of Australia wins.

9 - Number of draws.

658-8 declared – England’s top innings total, 1938.

602-6 declared – Australia’s top innings total, 1989.

112 - England’s lowest innings total, 1921.

123 - Australia’s lowest innings total, 1953.

 

Key Stats:

James Anderson needs one wicket to go past Fred Trueman’s 307 into third place on his own amongst England all-time wicket-takers.

Ian Bell needs 75 runs to reach 6000 in Tests. He will be the 14th to do so for England.

Stuart Broad needs five wickets to reach 200 in Test cricket? He will be the 15th to reach this for England and the second youngest.

 

Top sledges during the ashes:

1 Mark Waugh to Jimmy Ormond on his Test debut, 2001: “Mate, what are you doing out here? There’s no way you’re good enough to play for England.” Ormond: “Maybe not, but at least I’m the best player in my own family.”

2 Merv Hughes to Graeme Hick et al: “Mate, if you just turn the bat over you’ll find the instructions on the other side.”

3 Hughes again: “Does your husband play cricket as well?”

4 Mike Atherton, on Merv Hughes: “I couldn’t work out what he was saying, except that every sledge ended with ‘arsewipe’.”

5 Dennis Lillee to Mike Gatting, 1994: “Hell, Gatt, move out of the way. I can’t see the stumps.”

6 Derek Randall to Lillee, after taking a glancing blow to the head: “No good hitting me there, mate, nothing to damage.”

7 Ian Healy, placing a fielder yards away at cover when Nasser Hussain was batting: “Let’s have you right under Nasser’s nose.”

8 Tony Greig, England’s South African-born captain, to the young David Hookes, 1977: “When are your balls going to drop, Sonny?” Hookes: “I don’t know, but at least I’m playing cricket for my own country.” Hookes hit Greig for five consecutive fours.

9 Rod Marsh, late Seventies: “How’s your wife and my kids?” Ian Botham: “The wife’s fine – the kids are retarded.”

10 Bill Woodfull, Australia’s captain in the Bodyline series of 1932-33, responding to Douglas Jardine’s complaint that a slip fielder had sworn at him: “All right, which one of you bastards called this bastard a bastard?”

11 In 2005 Ricky Ponting was chirping Michael Vaughan as he came to the crease. Vaughan turned around and said “Get back in the slips Ponting. Who do you think you are, Steve Waugh?”

12 Ian Healy to Mike Atherton after he failed to walk when nicking one behind “You edged that you fucking cheat” Atherton: “When in Rome, dear boy…”