Thommo and Lillee cracking heads, 74-75, especially the Gabba test when Edrich (I think) had his ribs broken, and Thommo was walking back to his mark and eyeing off the next bloke in, mouthing "You're next" to them.
G Chappell's ton at Perth 82-83.
M Waugh 100 on debut Adelaide 91.
Tuffers taking a catch at fine leg in Adelaide 95 in a game England actually won. Wasn't a great catch, but the miracle was Tuffers actually caught it.
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Aside from that, Gilchrist's 152 in England was an unbelievable knock. I was dumbfounded that someone could bat that way in a Test. Mark Butcher's 173 was top-shelf and I saw most of it (Hussain's support innings distinctly under-rated, for mine) and McGrath's bowling any time at Lords was special to watch. Personally special was seeing Greg Blewett's 100's in Adelaide and Perth, was the first time SA had seen a world-class player in the Test side for some time. Obv, Warne's ball to Gatt was okay too.
One highlight of the 1980s that in hindsight I can appreciate all the more is the way the Aussies had a plan for Graham Gooch. In the late 80s in particular, Gooch was the key wicket and a player at the height of his form. He was the best player to tame the amazing West Indian fast bowling line up, but he just couldn't deal with Terry Alderman.
I hated Alderman as a player at the time, and didn't appreciate the true majesty of his bowling to Gooch.
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I'm not sure it was a rank favourite memory of mine but it did illustrate the shortcomings of England's bowling of the previous couple of hours.
When the catches were held in the Third Test there wasn't an enormous amount between the teams.
Couldn't honestly claim any of 1981, as I spent a month travelling around Europe from Day 3 of the Headingley test.
Like others, day 1 of Edgbaston 1997 was extraordinary.
Gower & Gooch putting on about 500 on Day 1 at the Oval in 1985.
Randall running out McCosker - diving to demolish the stumps from wide mid-on iirc - to all but seal the 1977 series.
The look on Chappelli's face after Underwood demolished them at Leeds in 1972.
Day 3 at Edgbaston in 2005 - possibly the greatest day's cricket I have ever witnessed.
Hogg & Giles scoring the winning runs at TB in 2005.
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