As we all know that, Ashes is one of the most significant test rivalry between the teams: Australia and England. The two sides fight against each other in a Test tournament to regain the mythical ashes. The team which wins keeps the urn, filled with the ashes, until the next tournament. We have seen many great performances by many great cricketers in this historical series. In this article, we are going to discuss the top 5 bowling performances in Ashes.
The selection is purely based on opinion, not statistics.
#5- Hedley Verity – 104/15 (Lord’s, June 1934)
The English bowler Hedley Verity claimed 14 wickets in a single day in the second Test match of the series at Lord’s in 1934. He picked up seven wickets in the first innings and another eight in the second innings and ended up with outstanding bowling figures of 15 for 104. Australia was bowled out twice in this match on a dry wicket.
The rain interrupted the game regularly which helped England’s bowlers. Australia faced a heavy defeat, leaving the series at 1-1.
Verity played 40 Tests, picking up 144 wickets at an average of 24.37.
#4-Glenn McGrath’s 38/8 (Lord’s, June 1997)
Glenn McGrath loved playing at Lord’s.In the second match of the 1997 series, after winning the toss, Australian captain Mark Taylor decided to bowl first. England was bowled out for 77 in just 42.3 overs in the first inning. McGrath’s took eight wickets for 38. However, Australia could not win the match.
Rain interrupted the game, and English batsmen did well in the second inning, and the match ended in a draw.
#3-Ian Botham’s Magic (Edgbaston, August 1981)
The 1981 Ashes series is fondly remembered for the performance of one man—Ian Botham. In the fourth test match of the series, at Edgbaston, Australia needed 151 runs to win the game. Australians reached 114 for five and were moving forward to win the game. However, Botham had other plans. He took the last five wickets in just 28-ball spell and gave only one run.
The Australians were bowled out for 121, and England won the match.
#2-Bob Massie’s 137/16 (Lord’s, June 1972)
In his Test debut, Bob Massie took 16 wickets at Lord’s in the second Test match in 1972. This Australian seemer impressed everyone with his bowling in his very first match and helped Australia to register a record eight wickets win over England.
He swung the ball both ways and destroyed England’s batting order. His bowling figures of 16 for 137 were outstanding. Englanders were restricted for 118 runs in their second inning, giving their rivals an easy target of 81 runs and Australians won the match comfortably.
#1-Jim Laker 90/19 (Old Trafford, July 1956)
In the fourth Test match of the 1956 Ashes Series. Jim Laker astonished everyone with his bowling performance. In this match, Laker picked up 19 wickets and conceded just 90 runs at Old Trafford, Manchester.
This English off-spinner became the first player to claim 10 wickets in an innings in a Test match. Australian’s could not face his bowling and lost the game by an inning. He created many records that day and his performance are considered the best one.