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Ashes: Geoffrey Boycott returns to England duty in 1977


After a self-imposed exile from the England side, Geoffrey Boycott returned to international duty and helped steer his country to a 3-0 win over Australia in Jubilee year.

The outstanding moment from the series came in the Fourth Test at Headingley, when Boycott scored his 100th first-class century in front of his adoring crowd. An innings victory in that match ensured the Ashes were regained.

The 1977 series also saw Ian Botham make his Test debut and, as you'd expect from one of England's all-time greats, his impact was immediate. Botham took five wickets in Australia's first innings at Trent Bridge, and seven wickets in the match.

It was also at Trent Bridge that Boycott ran out local hero Derek Randall after a horrible mix-up. "How tragic, how tragic, how tragic," John Arlott says. But the tragedy was soon forgotten when the pair combined in the second innings to see England to victory.

Commentators: John Arlott, Henry Blofeld, Christopher Martin-Jenkins, Fred Trueman

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