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Classic Ashes clashes - 1972, Lord's

1972 - Second Test, Lord's
22, 23, 24 & 26 June
Australia won by eight wickets

Australia's Bob Massie takes centre stage
England 272 all out
Tony Greig 54
Bob Massie 8 for 84
Australia 308 all out
Greg Chappell 131
Ian Chappell 56
Rod Marsh 50
John Snow 5 for 57
England 116 all out
Bob Massie 8 for 53
Australia 81 for 2
Keith Stackpole 57*

Australia's 1972 victory at HQ has gone down in history as Bob Massie's match.

Massie made one of the most startling Test debuts recording the best-ever match figures at Lord's of 16-137.

He took eight wickets in each innings with a combination of excellent line, length and late swing as Australia won their first Test in over 30 months.

Greg Chappell chipped in with the second of his 24 Test centuries as Australia won their first Ashes match in 12 outings by eight wickets.

Massie's figures are the best by an Australian and are good enough for fourth in the world behind Jim Laker, Sydney Barnes and Narendra Hirwani, another debutant.

The 25-year-old's story was straight from the pages of Boy's Own.

Having been knocked back by Northamptonshire in 1970, following two nondescript games for their 2nd XI, few would have thought he would overshadow Dennis Lillee on his debut, let alone take 16 wickets.

Massie capitalised on the hostility of his new-ball partner, who took two wickets in each innings.

Test Match Special audio highlights from the 1972 Ashes series

After a slow start with the bat England recovered, but a superb 131 from Chappell, supported by his brother Ian with an aggressive 56, gave Australia the advantage.

And this was hammered home by Massie as successive batsman were bemused by his accuracy and swerve second time around.

Australia needed only 81 to win, which they did comfortably, for the loss of two wickets.

Did you know?
Despite his devastating start in Test cricket, Bob Massie's international career was over within seven months. He played only five more Tests and finished with 31 wickets at an average of 20.87.





see also
Ashes Legends XI
18 Sep 06 |  England

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