Atherton Willis recall the impact of England's victory
One of the stranger aspects of that tour was the contribution of Jack Richards, who scored a hundred in the draw at Perth only to disappear from the game less than two years later. Beefy's hundred in the first Test was series changing he simply took on their bowling after coming to the wicket with England not entirely out of the woods at 198 4.
He was a big, tall, stand up batsman who made it his job to take on Australia's new ball bowlers. Beefy, Gower, Lamb and that lot were my heroes at that time and as their confidence grew you suddenly started to believe that this side shouldn't be written off and that in fact they could beat the Aussies.
Athers (then aged 18): I don't remember watching too much of the series because of the lack of coverage on the television; we had to rely on the Channel Nine highlights in the evening. For that reason I don't think it had any undue impact on me. But I do remember listening to it and reading Martin Johnson's reports in the Independent and having a laugh. Those were the days when paper coverage was as important as TV coverage.
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series is going to go. That always makes things far more exciting than having 5 0 drubbings either way. All that era motivated me, to be honest, starting with Botham at Headingley in 1981; that was a huge inspiration in my career not that I ever thought I would go on and play for England but I remember watching Botham, Gower, Lamb, Gooch and thinking 'how great would that be'.
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Another remarkable aspect of that tour was that although Gatting captained 23 times overall, those two Tests in Australia were the only games in which he led England to victory. Gatt gets the plaudits, as he should, for holding onto the urn but that statistic suggests this tremendous achievement was much more about the players around him than an indication that he was a great captain or tactician.
will be able to watch this Ashes series to their hearts content. If anything there will be a surfeit of coverage in comparison to 25 years ago. I guess that's how sport has changed, or rather how Sky has changed sport.
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