The Ashes 1989 – Second Test scrapbook

Not many expected Australia to win the First Test of 1989 at Headingley, as Martin Blake’s articles of the time suggest (First Test scrapbook). That win turned a few heads.


Coverage of the Second Test from Lord’s was more expansive – even the scorecard was given two column widths in The Age, rather than one. Martin Blake’s column scored an accompanying graphic image during the Test.


No Australian team since Bradman’s 1948 Invincibles had won two consecutive Tests in England.


In the First Test SR Waugh (177*) had batted with MG Hughes (71) for a 7th wicket partnership of 140.
In this Second Test at Lord’s, SR Waugh (152*) batted with GF Lawson (74) for a 9th wicket partnership of 130. Handy lower order runs.

In the First Test at Headingley TM Alderman had taken 10 wickets. In this Second Test at Lord’s TM Alderman kept hooping them around (and sliding in the odd straight one (GA Gooch lbw TM Alderman)) for another 9 wickets. Nineteen wickets in two Test matches.


2nd Test 1989, England v Australia, Lord’s
England 286 (RC Russell 64, GA Gooch 60, MG Hughes 4/71, TM Alderman 3/60)
Australia 528 (SR Waugh 152*, DC Boon 94, GF Lawson 74, JE Emburey 4/88)
England 359 (DI Gower 106, RA Smith 96, TM Alderman 6/128)
Australia target 118
Australia 4/119 (DC Boon 58*, NA Foster 3/39)

Australia won by 6 wickets


Six Test series.
After two Tests: England 0 – 2 Australia


Close of play Day 1: England 286, Australia 0/4 (GR Marsh 3*, MA Taylor 1*)
Close of play Day 2: Australia 6/276 (SR Waugh 35*, MG Hughes 2*)
Close of play Day 3: Australia 528, England 3/58 (MW Gatting 16*, DI Gower 15*)
Sunday rest day
Close of play Day 4: England 9/322 (JE Emburey 21*, GR Dilley 4*)
Close of play Day 5: England 359, Australia 4/119


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  1. Looks very neat and tidy. Glue Stick? I was a Clag lad back in the day.
    Great stuff. Childhood heroes never age.

  2. Dave Brown says

    The combination of Steve Waugh’s 350 undismissed and Terry Alderman’s 19/339 across the first two Tests certainly went a long way to winning that series. Love the story of the Gooch answering machine message that went something along the lines of “You’ve reached Graham Gooch. I’m out right now, probably LBW Alderman. Leave a message”

  3. Glue stick, PB. Attention to detail.

    That’s a good line, D Brown.

    One of many aspects I enjoy about these old articles is how they can pick you up and place you in the time. The timeline of events so important – the story of a game, psychology of a game – seems to hinge on situations at lunch, at tea, at stumps – and the stories we tell each other. Stories we tell ourselves.

    From Martin Blake above:
    “Rarely can English cricket have had a more debilitating day than it suffered in the warm summer sun of yesterday.
    Australia began the day at 6/276, 10 runs behind England’s total, having let slip the advantage built up in the opening days of this crucial Test.
    By the end, the tourists had not only rallied to score a mammoth 528, giving themselves a first-innings lead of 242, they had England’s second innings on the skids at 3/58.
    If Australia wins this match it will thank Stephen Waugh, the 24-year-old all-rounder who is emerging as the key figure in the series. Waugh began Saturday’s play at 35 not out, holding the key to Australia’s hopes.
    Unsmiling and ruthless, he hit his second consecutive century, a memorable 152 not out, to take the game out of England’s reach…”

  4. …and Sunday – REST DAY?!?

  5. Luke Reynolds says

    ER, I remember being allowed to sleep on the couch during this Ashes series and especially remember this Lord’s Test. DC Boon on fire, was greatly disappointed when he was dismissed for 94. He more than made up for it on the next trip (164 at Lords in 1993, a series that features prominently in my scrapbooking).

  6. Luke Reynolds says

    I could do with a rest day in this Ashes series after already enduring the World Cup!!!

  7. T. Alderman was mesmerising to watch with his simple, uncluttered action resulting in hypnotic, late swing. Magnificent.

    Some fine memories there, Er.

  8. Great memories, e.r.

    I doubt there is even such a thing as the good old scrapbook these days!

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