Compare the Drive No. 11 – Taking and Leaving

In 1928 England took the field to defend the Ashes which they had won for the first time since 1912 by a single Test at the Oval in 1926 led in that match for the first time by Percy Chapman.

In Australia they overwhelmed a home side seeking reconstruction by 4 Tests to 1.  Hammond made a total of 905 in nine innings at an average of 113.12.  They bowled out the Australians nine times with the Somerset slow left-armer, White, taking 25 wickets, Geary 19, Larwood 18 and Tate 17.

Australia found two highly promising young batsmen in Jackson and Bradman.

In 2011 England led by Andrew Strauss left the field having successfully defended the Ashes by 3 Tests to 1.

Alastair Cook made 766 runs at an average of 127.66.  England bowled out Australia 9 times with Anderson taking 24 wickets, Tremlett 17, Swann 15, Finn 14, Bresnan 11.

What drive, determination and organisation both sides demonstrated, though parted in time by 82 years.

At every level of the game, matches are won by bowling sides out.  White’s feat of taking 25 wickets on some very flat wickets in 1928/29 was at least if not greater than that of Hammond’s. At an equivalent value of 40 runs for a wicket taken he contributed 1,000 runs.

In similar terms Anderson contributed 960 runs.

Thank you, Team England for the great joy you have given all those who support England.  We all have something special memories to savour for years to come.

For England it is the end of the beginning.  For Australia it would be difficult to predict that they have found a Jackson or a Bradman.

Tough mate.


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