Special Sub-Topic: The 1989 Ashes Tour
|Which young Australian batsman scored a massive 839 runs in the series?|
Mark Taylor. Mark Taylor's performance was punctuated by one double century, one century and five half centuries. He finished the tour with an average of 83.9 and consolidated his place in the test team for years to come.
|Having spent much of the 1980s injured or banned from international cricket, which bowler returned to England and delivered 41 wickets on the tour?|
Terry Alderman. Combined with his record 42-wicket haul in his previous tour of England in 1981 Terry Alderman became the only bowler to date to claim 40 or more wickets in two series. Bowling patient probing medium pace in the "corridor of uncertainty" combined with a well disguised off cutter helped "Clem" claim 19 lbw wickets.
|An unusual event occurred on the opening day of the fifth test at Trent Bridge. No wickets were claimed by the bowling side. Mark Taylor was one of the batsmen to torment England on this day, who was his partner?|
Geoff Marsh. Australian vice captain on honest toiler Geoff Marsh was never known for his flamboyant batting style, but still managed to contribute 138 runs to the 329 run opening partnership.
At the end of the first days play the scorecard read Australia 0/301.
|Before the tour Steve Waugh had yet to score a test century. By the end of the tour he had amassed 506 runs at an average of 126.5. How many test centuries had he scored by tours end?|
2. An unbeaten 177 in the first test at Headingley was followed by an unbeaten 152 in the following test match. Indeed it was not until the third test that Steve Waugh was dismissed for the first time, leaving him with a tour average of 393!
|These were the days before Shane Warne, but Australia still had a handy leg spinner on tour. Which Australian spinner ended the tour with 11 wickets at an average of 27.3?|
Trevor Hohns. Having suffered at the hands of Queensland teammate Ian Botham on numerous occasions during net practices it was with great delight that Trevor Hohns claimed Botham for a duck in the first innings of the Fourth Test.
|It was not all doom and gloom for the English team; one batsman scored 553 runs in aggressive style at an average of 61.4. Who was this "Englishman"?|
Robin Smith. Robin Smith (born in South Africa) scored two test centuries in the series plus an unfortunate 96 in the second test. Another well-performed batsman for England, Alan Lamb only managed to play in two test matches due to an injured shoulder but managed to score a superb 125 in the first test.
|England's captain started the series badly by sending the Australians in to bat in the First Test, from there things went from bad to worse with the press calling for his axing from then on. The captain responded with a brave century in the Second Test and managed to remain in control for the remainder of the series. Who was the English captain?|
David Gower. By his lofty standards the series was a poor one for Gower averaging only 34.8 and scoring 383 runs.
|During the series England used 28 players while Australia used 12 including one surprise pick for the first test. A young fast bowler from Tasmania. What was his name?|
Greg Campbell. Greg Campbell played only the First Test of the series finishing with one wicket (Pringle) at a cost of 124 runs.
|England debuted a future captain during the series. His first innings ending shortly after it began with a duck next to his name thanks to Terry Alderman. Who was he?|
Michael Atherton. Another future captain also scored a duck in this game, the Fifth Test, Steve Waugh the first test wicket of speedster Devon Malcolm.
|What was the final score for the series?|
Australia - England 4-0. Australia won the First Test by 210 runs, the Second Test by 6 wickets, the Fourth Test by 9 wickets and the Fifth Test by an innings and 180 runs. The remaining tests ended in draws.
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