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Mark Ford In Australia To Watch The Final Ashes Test January 2007.

australia tours markscrickettours.comAustralia, the land ‘down under’ with such strange and exotic things like the Wombat, Koala, Duck Billed Platypus, Kangaroo, Kookaburra(not the bird this time, the cricket ball) Ayers Rock and a dessert slap bang in the middle. A beautiful country with a strong cricketing tradition.

We’ve had a long history and a strong rivalry playing Australia. The series between England and Australia is one of the few in the world that has a name, THE ASHES. The name first took root when we lost the one and only test played against Australia at the Oval in 1882. The shock was so great that a newspaper published an obituary to English cricket stating “English cricket had died and the body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia” read more of the history of the Ashes here.

The 5th Ashes test Sydney Cricket Ground 2-5th January 2007.

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A photograph of the Ashes Urn taken in 1921

As any serious cricket lover knows you have to watch at least one Ashes test no matter who you support. This is the grandfather of tests! I was privileged to get my chance to go to Sydney to watch the last Ashes test of the 2006/7 season. Although I must admit it was rather a black week as an England supporter we were 4 nil down in the series and then we lost this one by 10 wickets horror of horrors. By winning the series 5 nil the Australian team achieved a feat that had only been achieved previously in the 1920/1 Ashes series. My personal highlights were I got to meet Phil Tufnel, the Legendary Ian Botham and also seeing three incredible Australian cricketers in their last game before retiring namely, incredible batsman Justin Langer, fast bowler Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne the Googly master.

 

THE TEAMS AND OFFICIALS

England won the toss and chose to bat.

Player of the match: SR Clark.

Player of the series: RT Ponting,

ENGLANDAUSTRALIA COACHES UMPIRESTV UMPIREMATCH REFEREE
AJ StraussJL LangerENGLANDAUSTRALIAA DAR (Pakistan)PD ParkerRS Madugalle (Sri Lanka)
AN CookML HaydenD. FletcherJ. BuchananBF Bowden (New Zealand)
IR BellRT Ponting (captain)RJ Tucker (reserve)
KP PetersonMEK Hussey
PD CollingwoodMJ Clarke
A Flintoff (captain)A Symonds
CMW Read (wicket keeper)AC Gilchrist (wicket keeper)
SI MahmoudSK Warne
SJ HarmisonB Lee
MS PanesarSR Clarke
JM AndersonGD McGrath

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The Winning Australian Team With the Urn

Melbourne Cricket Ground December 2015

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Straight on to the MCG

NO, No don’t go scurrying around trying to find an England game at the MCG! There was no match the guys were spoil sports and decided not to play while I was there. I was actually there on a conference and we had been let off the leash for a day. So what is the first thing an ardent fan does? Get to the MCG and knock that off your bucket list. It would have been an absolute treat to watch a match there and soak up the atmosphere but the cricket Gods had other plans. But I feel I must include this as this visit lit the fire in me and inspired me to share my love of cricket with you. (Please excuse the video, no lights but just camera and action)

 

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