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Started by MrPurple on Jul 31, 2018 11:13:14 AM
England's Greatest Test

England v Australia, Headingley, 1981, apparently.

MrPurple - 31 Jul 2018 11:17:16 (#1 of 41)

Personally I'd have put Edgbaston 2005 first as it was a genuine battle from start to finish and, coming as it did after a gubbing in the first test, showed the resilience of the team.

But it's a close call either way.

cozzer - 31 Jul 2018 11:31:10 (#2 of 41)

It doesn't have England vs West Indies, Lord's 2000, even on the long list. Which was magnificent, and the first test in which all four innings occurred on the same day.

Arjuna - 31 Jul 2018 11:36:09 (#3 of 41)

Personally I'd have put Edgbaston 2005 first as it was a genuine battle from start to finish

I would concur, everyone loves a plucky comeback but I would rather see a more rounded game that isn't just about a few individual players.

cozzer - 31 Jul 2018 11:36:39 (#4 of 41)

Another one: New Zealand vs England, Christchurch, 2002.

Graham Thorpe scored 200* in 231 balls, England declared setting NZ 550 to win, and they gave it good go, based on Nathan Astle's 222 from 168 balls.

MrPurple - 31 Jul 2018 11:40:05 (#5 of 41)

Edgbaston 2005 would be a contender for best test match ever.

phantlers - 31 Jul 2018 12:26:57 (#6 of 41)

Australia at Trent Bridge, Randall run out, Boycott and Knott in three figures. My only test, around 79 wasn't it? That was a good day out and a good test match.

Tagyourit - 31 Jul 2018 12:27:02 (#7 of 41)

I was at the Edgebaston Ashes test in '81 it was the first and best one for me.

dru2107 - 31 Jul 2018 12:27:08 (#8 of 41)

The Guardian has their cricket writers' favourite England Tests here:

Subjective and idiosyncratic. Lord's 2000 is in there.

I think any of the 2005 Ashes Tests other than Lord's would be plausible contenders for a top six or ten or whatever list.

spirali - 31 Jul 2018 16:36:34 (#9 of 41)

The thing about Headingley ‘81 was the sheer implausibility of it. It is almost impossible to overstate this. It was as if the very laws of physics had been upended. I cannot remember any other England match that comes close on that score, albeit there have been plenty of matches where the overall quality has been higher.

MrPurple - 31 Jul 2018 16:42:14 (#10 of 41)

The thing about Headingley ‘81 was the sheer implausibility of it

Lillee and Marsh betting on England at 500-1 did make it slightly more plausible though.

fogger - 31 Jul 2018 16:53:51 (#11 of 41)

Glad to see Oval '94 in there. That was fabulous.

SatelliteOne - 23 Aug 2018 13:00:00 (#12 of 41)

4th Test Australia v England 2010, wasn't allowed to watch the Boxing Day game as I was at an all day party in Goodna, on the outskirts of Brisbane. Managed to pop out to the car for updates later on in the day.

"What's the score?" my Australian friends asked.

"England are 157 for no wicket"

"Who's batting? Boycott?"

"England are 59 ahead on Australia already, with ten wickets in hand."

"Rubbish, just wait until Ponting gets going ... oh!"

Brunothecat - 23 Aug 2018 13:47:29 (#13 of 41)

Watching Dennis Lillee being swatted over the boundary like an irritating fly forces me to recall the Botham/Dilley innings and that match. Boy's Own shit actually happening.

kalva44 - 23 Aug 2018 15:09:14 (#14 of 41)

I think the Melbourne 1982 Test would give Edgbaston 2005 a contest for possibly best Test ever..

ChankNolen - 24 Aug 2018 10:50:34 (#15 of 41)

Not England, but the most exciting I've seen was Australia versus West Indies, Bridgetown 1999.

The final innings run chase was spine tingling.

kalva44 - 24 Aug 2018 17:02:55 (#16 of 41)

I would agree with the Barbados Test except I didn't get to see any of it....did follow it on of the first matches I followed on their ball by ball on the last day...when Healy dropped Lara at the death, the website got locked for 5 mins...or at least it seemed like it.

Kolkata Test 2001 between India and Aus is a match I did see and think ranks way up there...a game highlighted by pure brilliance from both sides as opposed to outrageous strokes of fortune like Headingley '81... also the last time I can recall seeing the ground packed for a Test match on all 5 days in India!

DesEsseintes - 25 Aug 2018 00:00:51 (#17 of 41)

The Oval, 1968, deserves a mention, I think. I've always thought LS6 81 was more luck than skill, tbh.

spirali - 25 Aug 2018 20:27:57 (#18 of 41)

more luck than skill

Including Willis’ 8-43?

DesEsseintes - 28 Aug 2018 10:24:51 (#19 of 41)

Australia were more than careless till it was too late, it seemed to me at the time. And they were still weak after Packer anyway.

invicta - 28 Aug 2018 12:03:49 (#20 of 41)

Trent Bridge 2005. Flintoff's maiden century, Strauss' horizontal catch to dismiss Gilchrist, Simon Jones 5/44 in his final Test, Ponting being run out by Gary Pratt, Warne and Lee so, so nearly making England choke on a fourth innings chase of 129... Bell hooking mindlessly to be caught in the deep, Jones charging Warne and chipping straight to long off. In the context of the series that was unbearable.

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