Arguably the fiercest rivalry in Test cricket, England vs Australia in the Ashes series is ready to set the stage ablaze yet again. The 2015 Ashes series is just a fortnight away and the excitement is already building up among the fans of not only the two countries competing, but among the fans passionate about the sport as well. Test cricket is the apex form of cricket and no matter how interesting the shorter formats of the game might be, the real test of the cricketers lies here. So which was the greatest Ashes Test of all time? That’s a bit tough to pick. Therefore, Essentially Sports brings to you the 10 best Ashes Tests of all time.
Best Ashes Tests
10. The Oval, 1882: Inception of the Ashes.
Match summary: Australia 63 & 122; England 101 & 77
The Test marked the first Aussie win over England in England. After winning the toss, Australia decided to bat first and were bundled out for just 63 runs. England came in to bat looking to get a solid lead, but Australian bowler Fred Spofforth ruined the English innings, taking 7 wickets and bowling them out for just 101.
In the second innings, Australia were dismissed for 122, setting England a target of a meagre 85 runs. But like the first innings, Aussie bowler Fred Spofforth ensured that what could be an English party, would become an Aussie fest. He bowled a deadly spell, scalping 7 wickets yet again, and England lost the Test by 8 runs.
On one hand the loss stung the England players, on the other hand, it was made worse by the media. The Sporting Times went on to say that English cricket had died and the body will be cremated and the ashes will be taken to Australia. The media then dubbed the next England tour of Australia as the quest to regain the ashes, giving birth to the historic Ashes Test series.