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Ashes: Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson star for Aussies


Fast bowlers Jeff Thomson and Dennis Lillee proved a dangerous combination, helping Australia to a 1-0 win in this hastily arranged four-match series which followed the inaugural World Cup. England had lost 4-1 Down Under just months earlier.

Australia's solitary win came in the First Test at Edgbaston, with England debutant Graham Gooch bagging a pair. Gooch retired with 8,900 Test runs to his name, but here joined "the distinguished ranks of many great cricketers who have got a duck on their first Test appearance."

England captain Mike Denness stepped down after that First Test and was replaced by Tony Greig, who led from the front at Lord's with a brilliant knock of 96 in England's first innings. The grey, bespectacled David Steele made an impressive fifty on debut in that same innings and frustrated the Australians throughout the summer.

The series boiled down to the final Test at the Oval, which was extended to six days. England followed on 341 runs behind, staring at seemingly inevitable defeat. But a marathon 149 from Bob Woolmer saved the match for England, if not the series.

Commentators: Don Mosey, Trevor Bailey, Brian Johnston, John Arlott, Bill Frindall


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