The Ashes 1989 – First Test scrapbook

In 1989 Australia travelled to England for the Ashes. It turned out alright for Australia.

For reasons unknown to me, I cut out and kept (for 30 years now) articles of that trip in a kind of loose-leaf scrapbook. It is the only Test series for which I undertook this effort. Maybe I knew something big was going down. Whatever, I just found them tonight, with one day remaining in the First Test of 2019.

Here is my incomplete collection regarding the First Test 1989. Played at Headingley, Leeds.

Martin Blake’s story “Hard work ahead for Border’s men” paints a picture of pretty liberal celebrations by the victorious Australians.


1st Test 1989, England v Australia, Headingley, Leeds
Australia 7d/601 (SR Waugh 177*, MA Taylor 136, DM Jones 79, MG Hughes 71, NA Foster 3/109)
England 430 (AJ Lamb 125, RA Smith 66, TM Alderman 5/107, GF Lawson 3/105)
Australia 3d/230 (AR Border 60*, MA Taylor 60)
England target 402
England 191 (GA Gooch 68, TM Alderman 5/44, MG Hughes 3/36)

Australia won by 210 runs

Six Test series.
After one Test: England 0 – 1 Australia


Close of play Day 1: Australia 3/207 (MA Taylor 96*, DM Jones 10*)
Close of play Day 2: Australia 6/580 (SR Waugh 174*, MG Hughes 63*)
Close of play Day 3: Australia 7d/601, England 4/284 (AJ Lamb 103*, RA Smith 16*)
Sunday rest day
Close of play Day 4: England 430, Australia 3/158 (AR Border 51*, DM Jones 12*)
Close of play Day 5: Australia 3d/230, England 191


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  1. The 89 Ashes are my fave. Just so many good memories after stinking up the mid 80s.

  2. Martin Blake’s report of 15 June 1989 “Hard work ahead for Border’s men”

    “When this Ashes tour is long forgotten, the Australian cricketers will still have the bus to Old Trafford etched in their memories.
    It came to collect them about 9:30 this morning, a reminder that international cricket has no gravy train – just a bus, and another game to play.
    By 11am today the Australians were engaged in another encounter, this time against Lancashire. It was only 18 hours after Merv Hughes has set the six-Test series alight by bowling Phillip DeFreitas and giving Allan Border’s team victory at Headingley.
    Border, as it the captain’s wont, led the queue of those offering to stand out of the Lancashire game. The truth is that they all could have done without it. Champagne-induced headaches were still ringing and there were parched throats on the road from Leeds to Manchester…”

  3. Richard S Smith says

    Hey David, could you peel off those newspaper clippings and show me the Geophysical Research Letters journal article underneath?
    Seriously, I wonder if the 2019 test team gets a bus also. However, there are no playing of county teams between matches now

  4. To continue with Martin Blake’s “Hard work ahead for Border’s men” (above)…. it message applies equally now, in 2019.

    “…There is no point in undue cynicism
    here. Border’s team has taken a 1-0 lead
    in the series with a thoroughly emphatic
    and quite magnificent victory, and the
    celebrations were appropriately long and
    “But the skipper is sharp enough to know
    that there is a long road to hoe. In 1981
    the Australians were one-up after the
    opener. In both Border’s previous visits
    here, 1981 and 1985, the tourists fell apart
    at the end of a marathon tour.
    “Border faced a news conference last
    night and reminded everyone that the
    Ashes were not headed Down Under just
    yet. What he desperately wants is for the
    tourists to take their positive attitude to
    Lord’s for the second Test…”

  5. (Richard S Smith – they would make interesting reading. There’s probably scope for someone to publish old climate science articles, I reckon.)

  6. Dave Brown says

    That’s the remarkable thing about that series, ER, the Australians had a county fixture the day following most of the Tests. Given the Test victories and the drinking habits of the players the XI for the next day tended to be those most capable of standing.

  7. Luke Reynolds says

    Love it Dave. Still have my scrapbooks from the early 1990’s, the 1993 Ashes Tour very prominent.

    Do kids still do scrapbooks these days?

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