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Classic Ashes clashes - 1971, Sydney

1970/71 - Seventh Test, Sydney,
12, 13, 14, 16 & 17 February
England won by 62 runs

John Snow
England 184 all out
Ray Illingworth 42
Australia 264 all out
Greg Chappell 65
Ian Redpath 59
England 302 all out
Brian Luckhurst 59
John Edrich 57
Australia 160 all out
Keith Stackpole 67

With the Ashes still up for grabs after the third Test was rained off, six days were set aside for the match, the only time there has been a seventh Ashes Test.

Ultimately England needed just five, although it was nearly abandoned after two amid crowd disturbances.

England's John Snow struck Terry Jenner with a delivery that cut the Australian's head and all hell broke loose.

Snow was warned by the umpire for bowling a bouncer, much to captain Ray Illingworth's disgust, and the bowler was subsequently grabbed on the boundary by a drunk and disgruntled spectator.

With beer cans raining down on the ground, Illingworth led his team from the field only to be warned by the umpires that victory would be handed to the hosts if they did not return.

On the resumption, England recovered from an 80-run first innings deficit and with nine players reaching double figures, set Australia a testing target.

Relive TMS audio highlights of the 1970-1 series

The match was delicately poised with Australia requiring 100 runs with five wickets remaining when Illingworth had Greg Chappell stumped.

Australia's tail collapsed and Illingworth, having led his team off three days earlier, was chaired off in triumph having regained the Ashes.


Did you know?
The series saw Dennis Lillee make his debut with a five-wicket haul in the sixth Test. He added a further three scalps in Sydney and finished his Ashes career 11 years later with a record 167 wickets at an average of 21.



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