English record.....

English record.....

Post by VIGNE.. » Sat, 19 Jun 1993 12:41:51

At least a draw......   possible now?

England's first priority in the second test is to end a dreadful
run of six  consecutive Test defeats.  But even a  draw will not
be good  enough to prevent Australia setting a  record and under-
lining their recent  *** in matches  between international
cricket's oldest rivals. England have not beaten Australia since
late December 1986, drawing five and losing nine of the 14 Tests
which have  taken place since.  If the sequence  stretches to 15
it  will represent  the longest run of matches without  a win by
either country against the other.  

England's  list of misery currently reads: 1987 Sydney - Lost 55
runs.  1988  Sydney - Drawn.  1989  Headingley -  Lost  210 runs.
1989 Lord's -  Lost six  wickets.  1989 Edgbaston - Drawn.  1989
Old Trafford - Lost 9 wickets.  1989 Trent Bridge - Lost innings
and  180 runs.  1989 The Oval - Drawn.  1990  Brisbane - Lost 10
wickets.  1990  Melbourne - Lost 8 wickets.  1991 Sydney - Drawn.
1991 Adelaide - Drawn.  1991  Perth - Lost  9 wickets.  1993 Old
Trafford - Lost 179 runs.  

England's results against all opposition over the last 10 months
make equally  depressing reading.  Before Old Trafford  they had
lost to Pakistan at The Oval (10 wickets), suffered a first ever
"brownwash" in India (8 wickets, innings and 22 runs and innings
and 15 runs) and been beaten by  Sri  Lanka  (5 wickets) for the
first time.  

If only Lord's  could offer  them statistical  comfort! In  fact,
England  have beaten  Australia  only once  in  22 Tests at  Old
Trafford  this century - and that was 59 years ago.  "Playing at
Lord's is  a highlight  for any Australian," said  captain Allan
Border. "It gives  us a little extra  buzz which perhaps the Eng-
lish guys don't feel because they come here so often. "This will
be my last Test at  Lord's and  I would like  to  say goodbye in
style by scoring a bagful of runs and going 2-0 up in the series."

Summarized from a Press Association report


UMass, June 17, 93