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Classic Ashes clashes - 1955, Melbourne

1954/55 - Second Test, Sydney
17, 18, 20, 21 & 22 December
England won by 38 runs

Frank Tyson
England 191 all out
Colin Cowdrey 102
Ronald Archer 4-33
Australia 231 all out
Len Maddocks 47
Brian Statham 5-60
England 279 all out
Peter May 91
Len Hutton 42
Willie Johnston 5-25
Australia 111 all out
Frank Tyson 7-27

In two successive Tests, England pace bowler Frank Tyson blew Australia away.

In Sydney, the Typhoon stopped the hosts short as they chased a target of 223.

In Melbourne the target was 240, but the outcome was the same - an England victory with Tyson to the fore.

The MCG track was a bowler's paradise, Aussie all-rounder Keith Miller exploiting damp conditions on the opening day to record figures of 3-14 from 11 overs.

Colin Cowdrey, and then Peter May in England's second innings, were the only batsmen to get to grips with the pitch.

Australia needed someone to stand up in kind on the final day.

Resuming at 75-2, the scene was set for Geoff Appleyard's off-spin in a duel against Australia's batsmen.

But Tyson and Brian Statham stepped in before Appleyard came on.

Relive audio highlights from the 1954-5 series

Within an hour and 20 minutes the match was over, eight wickets falling for 36 runs.

Did you know?
Tyson ended the series with 28 wickets, including 7-27 to wrap up victory in the subsequent match at Melbourne, which followed a very similar script to the Sydney success.





see also
Ashes Legends XI
18 Sep 06 |  England

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