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Five memorable Ashes Tests at Headingley

By AAP Newswire

FIVE MEMORABLE TESTS BETWEEN ENGLAND AND AUSTRALIA AT HEADINGLEY

* 2009 Fourth Test - Australia won by an innings and 80 runs

England won the toss and elected to bat and were promptly bowled out for 102 just after lunch with Peter Siddle taking 5-21 and Stuart Clark 3-18 from 10 miserly overs. A century from Marcus North and 93 from Michael Clarke helped Australia amass 445 in response, Mitchell Johnson and Ben Hilfenhaus rolled through the England batting line-up as the hosts were bowled out for 263 as Ricky Ponting's side levelled the series at 1-1. However, England went on to regain the Ashes at The Oval in the final Test.

* 1997 Fourth Test - Australia won by an innings and 61 runs

After being shocked by England in the first Test at Edgbaston and thwarted by the weather in the second at Lord's, Australia arrived in Leeds full of confidence after levelling the series at Old Trafford. A rain-affected first day saw England close at 3-103 after being put in to bat. They collapsed to 172 all out on day two as Jason Gillespie took 7-37. Matt Elliott, dropped by Graham Thorpe early in his innings, went on to score 199 and along with Ricky Ponting's maiden Test century, Australia chalked up a massive 9-501. A stand of 123 between Nasser Hussain (105) and John Crawley (72) frustrated the tourists on the final day, but Paul Reiffel's five-wicket haul ensured victory for Mark Taylor's side.

* 1989 First Test - Australia won by 210 runs

Labelled by the English media as the worst Australia team to visit their shores, Allan Border's unheralded side not only silenced the locals, but also kick-started a 16-year dominance over England. Mark Taylor's 136 and 177 by Steve Waugh - his maiden Test ton - saw the Aussies declare at 7-601. England scored 430 in response to avoid the follow-on before Border declared for a second time to set them a target of 401 to win. Terry Alderman, who took 5-107 in the first innings, ripped through the English top order again to finish with match figures of 10-151 as David Gower's side were rolled for 191. Australia won the series 4-0 and held the urn until 2005.

* 1981 Third Test - England won by 18 runs

One of the most memorable Ashes matches of all time saw an Ian Botham-inspired England become only the second side in history to win a match after following on. A Jon Dyson century put Australia in control as they declared their first innings on 9-401. England were then bundled out for 174 and after being asked to bat again by Kim Hughes slumped to 6-133. But Botham, assisted by tailenders Graham Dilley (51) and Chris Old (29), clubbed an unbeaten 149 to help his side reach 356 all out - a lead of 129 runs. A fired-up Bob Willis then ran through the Aussies, taking 8-43 as they were dismissed for 111.

* 1948 Fourth Test - Australia won by seven wickets

Sir Donald Bradman's invincibles won the first two Tests and were rescued by rain in the third against a powerful England side containing the likes of Len Hutton, Denis Compton and Bill Edrich. The hosts chalked up 496 after winning the toss. A Neil Harvey century helped the tourists battle to 458 only for the England to score 8-365 declared in their second innings and set Australia a mammoth target of 404 in 344 minutes. No team had ever scored 350 to win a Test match. Undeterred, Bradman, a month shy of his 40th birthday, scored an unbeaten 173 with opener Arthur Morris making 182 in a 301-run stand that laid the foundations for a miraculous victory to retain the urn. Bradman never troubled the scorers again. He retired after the fifth Test at The Oval where he was famously bowled for a second-ball duck to Eric Hollies to finish his career with an average of 99.94.