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    The Hottest Cricket in a Hundred Summers

    The Hottest Cricket in a Hundred Summers

    England's tour of Australia in 1982-83 was the first of the post-Packer era in which the Ashes were at stake. Gareth Bland looks back at the eventful five Test series.

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    Not a series I remember fondly, if only because it was Botham's first poor one when not burdened with the captaincy and playing the WI. The fact that there was rather more of him than we had previously seen suggested that his preparation was less that whole-hearted, which was disappointing to say the least.

    Good article though. Thanks for taking the time to write it.

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    I remember this series vividly, the Perth fracas was a stupid thing. Lillee did his knee early on and I seemed to recall Botham having a different, really high but still backlift that I hadn't seen before. Lawson bowled him early in Adelaide iirc which made it stand out.

    Thomson and Hookes both reappeared in the series and of course that famous last day in Melbourne. I remember being on holidays at a caravan park ad at the drinks break on that morning about 100 blokes made a simultaneous mad dash to the brascoes so they didn't miss anything.

    Cheers for the read. Brought back a lot of memories.
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    "Sun-hatted, Botham immediately rose to Thomson's challenge and despatched him straight over the square leg fence for 6."

    oh yeah

    Jeff Thomson vs Ian Botham, miss it and your'e dead, fearless hook shot - YouTube


    and Wessels 162

    Kepler Wessels 162 on test debut 1982/83 vs England at the Gabba - YouTube
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    I remember watching Miller's catch live. Great knocks by Border and Thomson. But Chris Tavare must have crapped himself for a second there.

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