The Ashes 1989 – Third Test scrapbook

1989 First Test: Headingley scrapbook

1989 Second Test: Lord’s scrapbook


1989 Third Test: After Australia sensationally won the first two Tests, the series moved to Edgbaston, Birmingham.

ARC Fraser made his debut and took his first Test wicket (bowled SR Waugh).


But wet weather affected play to the extent that Australia’s 1st innings ran over Days 1, 2, 3 & 4. DM Jones made his fifth Test century – during which batted on every one of those four days – in a dominant Australian performance. In reply, England was at one stage 5/75 – losing 4/33 in one spell after lunch on Day 4. At stumps on Day 4, England was 7/185 – still 40 runs short of the follow-on. On Day 5, the tail carried England to safety before some Australian batting practice.


3rd Test 1989, England v Australia, Edgbaston, Birmingham
Australia 424 (DM Jones 157, MA Taylor 43, SR Waugh 43, ARC Fraser 4/63)
England 242 (IT Botham 46, RC Russell 42, TM Alderman 3/61)
Australia 158/2 (MA Taylor 51, GR Marsh 42)


Match drawn


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


Close of play Day 1: Australia 4/232 (DM Jones 71*, SR Waugh 17*)
Close of play Day 2: Australia 6/294 (DM Jones 101*, MG Hughes 1*)
Close of play Day 3: Australia 7/391 (DM Jones 141*, TV Hohns 40*)
Sunday rest day
Close of play Day 4: Australia 424, England 7/185 (JE Emburey 2*, ARC Fraser 12*)
Close of play Day 5: England 242, Australia 2/158


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  1. Phillip Dimitriadis says

    Terrific stuff ER. Fond of this one as I was a big fan of Dean Jones. Could easily have been 5-0 if not for the rain. Great breakout series for Taylor, S.Waugh and the triumphant return of T.Alderman. How many wickets would Alderman have taken had he played for England on those wickets every year.

    I watched so much cricket around that time and now I can barely watch a few overs.

    Is it that the game has changed or are we to distracted by the Internets ? I reckon I’d watch more if I didn’t have so many other choices. Thanks for the sweet memories mate. Doesn’t seem like 30 years ago !

  2. Luke Reynolds says

    Great memories of sleeping on the couch, watching my hero make a wonderful Test century over three frustrating, rainy days as a 10 year old! Also remember ARC Fraser looking super impressive on debut. Interesting how over the years, apart from Lord’s being the second Test and The Oval the last, how the venue order for Ashes Tests wildly changes.

  3. I share your sentiments PD. I remember the 1989 series so vividly whereas I had to check last week which country currently holds the Ashes!

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