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Quiz about The Ashes Down Under  201011
Quiz about The Ashes Down Under  201011

The Ashes Down Under: 2010-11 Quiz


The Ashes of 2010-11 saw England win a Test series in Australia for the first time since the tour of 1986-87. This quiz covers some of the highlights.

A multiple-choice quiz by rossian. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
rossian
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
334,146
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
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422
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Top 20% Quiz
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Question 1 of 10
1. The first Test started badly for England when the captain, Andrew Strauss, was out for a duck to the third ball. Which player ensured the game would be drawn by scoring 235 not out in England's second innings? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. The second Test resulted in an England win by an innings and 71 runs. With rain threatening, which England bowler took the last three wickets to ensure that there was no escape for Australia? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Having been dropped after the first Test, which Australian bowler made a successful return to the team for the third Test and contributed greatly to their only win of the series? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. During the third Ashes Test, Ricky Ponting suffered which of these injuries? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. The fourth Test saw another England batsman make an undefeated century. Who was the successful player? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Having ensured that they would at least retain the Ashes by winning the fourth Test, England celebrated with their supporters by performing which of these? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Australia tried several spin bowlers during the Ashes series. Which of these did not make an appearance? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Having aggravated the injury he suffered during the third Test, Ricky Ponting was unable to play in the final match. Who captained Australia in the fifth Test of the series? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. The fifth Test resulted in England's third innings win of the series. Which England bowler established himself as the leader of the attack by taking seven wickets in the match? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Which player announced during the fifth Test of the series, that this would be his final Test match for his country? Hint



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1. The first Test started badly for England when the captain, Andrew Strauss, was out for a duck to the third ball. Which player ensured the game would be drawn by scoring 235 not out in England's second innings?

Answer: Alastair Cook

England ended their first innings at 260 all out, with Peter Siddle taking a rare Test hat-trick, his victims being Cook, Prior, and Broad. Despite being 143 for five wickets at one stage, Australia's first innings amassed 481, with Michael Hussey making 195.

In England's second innings, Strauss and Cook scored 188 to establish a new opening partnership record. When Strauss was out, for 110, Cook was joined by Trott to continue the high scoring. The innings was declared at 517-1, with Trott on 135 not out. Cook's 235 broke the record for the highest score at the Gabba, in Brisbane, which had been held by Don Bradman.
2. The second Test resulted in an England win by an innings and 71 runs. With rain threatening, which England bowler took the last three wickets to ensure that there was no escape for Australia?

Answer: Graeme Swann

Australia made a disastrous start to their first innings, with Katich being run out without facing a ball, Ponting out first ball, and Clarke out for two. The score at this stage was 2 runs for 3 wickets, but they recovered to make a total of 245. Despite another early departure by Strauss, Cook went on to make 148 runs and Pietersen scored 227, which allowed England to declare on 620-5. On the final day, England needed to take six wickets. Finn and Anderson took three between them, with Swann cleaning up the tail to finish with 5 for 91.

The rain duly arrived but too late to save the match for the home team.
3. Having been dropped after the first Test, which Australian bowler made a successful return to the team for the third Test and contributed greatly to their only win of the series?

Answer: Mitchell Johnson

Both Hilfenhaus and Johnson were dropped after the first Test and recalled for the third match. Australia had been reduced to 69-5 in their first innings but rallied to make 268. Johnson contributed 62 with the bat and then took six wickets in England's first innings total of 187.

Their second innings was even worse at 123 and the match was lost by 267 runs. Johnson received the 'Man of the Match' award for his efforts with both bat and ball. Despite this, he was taunted throughout the series by England's supporters due to his erratic bowling.
4. During the third Ashes Test, Ricky Ponting suffered which of these injuries?

Answer: Broken finger

All these were injuries suffered during the series. The England bowler, Stuart Broad, sustained a torn stomach muscle during the second Test which kept him out of the rest of the series and the one day matches which followed. Simon Katich had a problem with his Achilles tendon, also during the second match, which finished his participation in the series.

The stress fracture ended Ryan Harris's part in the fourth Test. Ponting broke the little finger on his left hand attempting a catch. Although he managed to play the fourth Test, the injury worsened and he had to stand aside for the final match.
5. The fourth Test saw another England batsman make an undefeated century. Who was the successful player?

Answer: Jonathan Trott

Day one saw Australia collapse to 98 all out, with Clarke top scoring with 20 runs to his name. England finished the day on 157 with all their wickets intact. Trott came in at number three and scored 168 not out in England's final total of 513. Australia was bowled out for 258 in their second innings to give England victory by an innings and 157 runs.

The match was marred by a prolonged argument when Ponting disputed a referred 'not out' decision against Kevin Pietersen. This cost him 40% of his match fee and his temper was not improved when Matt Prior was given out and then reprieved as the bowler had delivered a no ball.
6. Having ensured that they would at least retain the Ashes by winning the fourth Test, England celebrated with their supporters by performing which of these?

Answer: The sprinkler dance

The sprinkler dance consisted of putting one hand behind the player's head while holding the other arm in front of the body and moving it from side to side to emulate a water sprinkler. It looked as daft as it sounds but was indicative of the good spirit within the team and their ability to have fun as well as training and playing hard.

The Morris dance could have been performed with crossed bats instead of swords, but is a figment of my imagination.
7. Australia tried several spin bowlers during the Ashes series. Which of these did not make an appearance?

Answer: Nathan Hauritz

Since the retirement of Shane Warne, Australia struggled to find a spin bowler to replace him, which is hardly surprising. Despite being in the original squad and being the most experienced of the spinners, Hauritz was not selected to play any of the matches in the series. Doherty made his debut in the first Test and also played in the second without great success. Smith played in the remaining three Tests, with Beer making his debut in the final Test.
8. Having aggravated the injury he suffered during the third Test, Ricky Ponting was unable to play in the final match. Who captained Australia in the fifth Test of the series?

Answer: Michael Clarke

As vice captain, Clarke was the obvious, although apparently not universally popular, choice to take over the team. The change of captain made no difference to the Australians who continued to be outplayed in this match. Phillip Hughes had been called up to the team to replace Katich and was still in the early stages of his Test career. Haddin, the wicketkeeper, stepped up to the vice captaincy role and Watson continued as opening batsman and bowler.
9. The fifth Test resulted in England's third innings win of the series. Which England bowler established himself as the leader of the attack by taking seven wickets in the match?

Answer: James Anderson

Australia were all out for 280 in their first innings, with Anderson taking 4-66 and Mitchell Johnson top scoring with 53. England then made 644 with three men scoring centuries, Cook making 189, Prior 118, and Bell 115. For both Bell and Prior these were their first centuries against Australia and the total of 644 was England's highest ever total in an Ashes Test in Australia. Steve Smith scored 54 not out in Australia's second innings, but their total of 281 meant that the match was lost by an innings and 83 runs. Anderson took three further wickets, supported by Tremlett with three of his own. England completed a series victory of 3 games to 1, with Alastair Cook named Man of the Series for his total of 766 runs.
10. Which player announced during the fifth Test of the series, that this would be his final Test match for his country?

Answer: Paul Collingwood

Having had a poor series with the bat by his own high standards, Collingwood decided to stand down from Test cricket. He continued to be available for one day matches and captained England in the shortest form of the game, Twenty20. In the two matches played against Australia after the end of the Test series, England won the first and lost the second, with their win establishing a new world record of eight successive wins in the format. Collingwood did have some highlights to remember, having taken a spectacular catch to dismiss Ponting in the third Test, one of nine he took during the series.

He also bowled Mike Hussey, who had been Australia's best batsman in the series in the first innings of the final Test.
Source: Author rossian

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