Ashes 2002 2003

2002-3 Ashes Series

The 2002-3 Ashes series was a disaster for England, with the Aussies winning by four tests to one. Australia had taken a 4-0 lead and were looking to complete a series whitewash, but a plucky performance by England in the final test match at the Sydney Cricket ground saw them gain a face-saving win.

First Test - Australian Win

2002 Ashes First TestNasser Hussein who captained England, made a decision that some argue was the worst test match decision in Ashes history when, after winning the toss he put Australia into a bat on a flat pitch. Australia proceeded to rattle up 492 runs, with Andrew Haydon scoring a magnificent 197.

England replied with 325, but Australia piled on the agony in their second innings, scoring 296 -5 declared, leaving England with an impossible target and with over a day and half to survive a rampant Aussie attack.

England failed in their task miserably, knocking up a meagre 79 runs all out and giving the home team an easy Test match victory by a massive 384 runs. Glenn McGrath took eight England wickets in the match, four in each innings. Check out the Ashes First Test Betting for this series and take advantage of an Ashes free bet.

Second Test - Australian Win

Michael VaughanIf the First test wasn’t humiliating enough for England then the second test certainly was. Once again Hussein won the toss but this time batted first.

After a good start, England collapsed on the second day and were all out for 342. Michael Vaughan scored a very impressive 177, but no other England player managed 50.

Australia then proceeded to blow England away over the next two days, amassing 552 runs, in which Ricky Ponting scored 154. England were behind again and knew that they had to stay in to avoid defeat. Unfortunately they failed in the task and were bowled out for just 159, where Glenn McGrath took 4-41, giving Australia an innings and 51 run victory. Check the odds for the second ashes test and take advantage of an Ashes free Bet.

Third Test - Australian Win

Steve WaughOnce again England were defeated by an innings. They batted first but managed a paltry 185, with only Kent batsman, Rob Key contributing in any significant way with 47. Australia produced a superb all round performance where all their players contributed one way or another to the win. They scored 456 in reply to England’s total, with all their batsman contributing.

There were half centuries for Ponting, Damien Martin and captain Steve Waugh. Needless to say, England crumbled in their second innings, managing only 223 runs, failing by 48 runs to make Australia bat again and thus handing Australia the series victory. On a brighter note, there were half centuries for Hussein and Alec Stewart.

Fourth Test - Australian Win

Justin LangerHaving lost the series, England were left to play for only pride in the next two tests but they failed to deliver gain in the fourth test.

Australia won the toss and batted and then watched in awe as opener, Justin Langer played one of the great Ashes innings of all time. He scored a brilliant 250 as Australia scored heavily and put together a huge 551 -6 declared.

England were left in an impossible position and they capitulated quite easily. Totalling 270 in reply with Craig White scoring 85 and then in the second innings they played with a great deal of heart and were grateful once again to Michael Vaughan, who scored 145.

It left Australia with only 107 runs to win and although they got there it was not without some discomfort as England managed to take five wickets before the winning runs were scored.

Fifth Test - England Win

Andrew CaddickAt last, England had something to smile about, not only did they win the final test of the series, but they managed to put off an humiliating series whitewash. There was nothing in after each side had played their first innings, England made 362, while the Aussies made one more at 363.

It was the second innings performance however by England that won them the test, where once again, Michael Vaughan scored another magnificent big hundred. His 185 was one of the two highlights of the match, which saw England bowler, Andrew Caddick claim seven Australian wickets for just 94 runs.

Australia were unable to defend against Caddick and were bowled out for just 226, meaning that England won by 225 runs.