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  Monday, 18 November, 2002, 13:56 GMT
Adelaide heaven for Malcolm
Atherton and Thorpe congratulate Malcolm
Adelaide marked a rare high point in the 1994/95 tour

Ask fast bowler Devon Malcolm about his last wicket haul for Leicestershire at the end of the summer and he may struggle to tell you much.

But his memory of England's last Test victory in Adelaide, in 1994/95, is as clear as if it were yesterday.

And the similarities with this year's trouble-hit series could be a good omen for Nasser Hussain's tourists.


You have to try and forget what has happened before in the series
Devon Malcolm
"It was probably my happiest time in Australia - a great feeling," says Malcolm, who was on his second and last Ashes tour in a 40-cap Test career.

England had lost the opening two Tests, the first by 184 runs in Brisbane, and despite a drawn third match they were then trounced in the one-day series, failing to beat Australia A into the finals.

Three bowlers - Martin McCague, Darren Gough, and Craig White - had already been forced home with injury.

And, after missing the first Test with chickenpox, Malcolm had managed just four wickets in as many Test innings.

"Nobody expected either England or me to do well," the Jamaica-born pace bowler recalls.

The batting looked equally unhealthy as Graham Hick's stiff back ruled him out of the rest of the tour on the morning of the match and Alec Stewart had fractured a finger for a second time.

DeFreitas fireworks

With Mike Gatting to the fore in his penultimate Test, however, they looked in good form, Gatting hitting 117 in a total of 353.

Phillip DeFreitas
DeFreitas smashed 88 from 95 balls
Adelaide, though, is famous for its batting track, and England's pace men had few answers as Australia took a 66-run first innings lead.

And they would have asserted their dominance further had it not been for the tailend fireworks of Phillip DeFreitas.

"Daffy gave Craig McDermott a tonking," Malcolm recalls of a 95-ball 88 that included 22 runs off a single over from the Australian opening bowler.

England recovered from 181 for six to post 328 all out, setting their hosts 263 for victory, but the mood was far from jubilant in the dressing-room.

"Certain things were said that upset me a little bit," Malcolm recalls, "but we decided we had nothing to lose.

  England in Adelaide
Overall:
Played 27, Won 8, Lost 14, Drawn 5
Recent results:
1998/99: Lost by 205 runs
1994/95: Won by 106 runs 1990/91: Draw 1986/87: Draw 1982/83: Lost by 8 wkts
Eight wickets were shared between Malcolm and Chris Lewis, a late injury replacement, but Ian Healy proved a thorn in their side, hitting an unbeaten 51.

"Healy was gritty; I always said until you got him out you wouldn't get through them," says Malcolm.

Healy added 59 for the ninth wicket with Damien Fleming and time was running out before Lewis had the tail-ender lbw for 24.

In the end, they wrapped up a 106-run victory with 5.5 overs to spare, but dropped catches in Perth saw Australia clinch the series 3-1.

Malcolm believes that the current England team could learn from the mental approach responsible for that turnaround in fortunes in Adelaide.

Chris Lewis
Late call-up Lewis took four second innings wickets
"They guys in the side realised that if there was any distraction or doubt that we wouldn't win," he says.

"You have to try and forget what has happened before in the series, wipe it aside.

"It's going to be very difficult for them because once you're down it's very difficult to get back up.

"But if you can come off the field each day and feel you've given it 100% then you can't ask for much more than that."

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