Australian cricket team in England in 1972

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The Australian cricket team toured England in the 1972 season to play a five-match Test series against England for the Ashes. The series was drawn 2-2 and England retained the Ashes. As of 2012, it remains the last Ashes series to be drawn. The two sides also played a three-match ODI series, which England won 2–1.

Australian squad[edit]

The following squad was selected by Neil Harvey, Sam Loxton and Phil Ridings:

Controversial omissions from the squad included Bill Lawry, Graham McKenzie and Ian Redpath.[citation needed]

Test series[edit]

1st Test[edit]

8 – 13 June 1972
Scorecard
v
249 (120.4 overs)
Tony Greig 57 (123)
David Colley 3/83 (33 overs)
142 (58 overs)
Keith Stackpole 53 (85)
John Snow 4/41 (20 overs)
234 (86.2 overs)
Tony Greig 62 (116)
Dennis Lillee 6/66 (30 overs)
252 (85.2 overs)
Rod Marsh 91 (111)
Tony Greig 4/53 (19.2 overs)
England won by 89 runs
Old Trafford, Manchester
Umpires: Charlie Elliott (Eng) and Tom Spencer (Eng)

2nd Test[edit]

22 – 26 June 1972
Scorecard
v
272 (91.5 overs)
Tony Greig 54 (117)
Bob Massie 8/84 (32.5 overs)
308 (122.1 overs)
Greg Chappell 131 (303)
John Snow 5/57 (32 overs)
116 (55.2 overs)
Mike Smith 30 (99)
Bob Massie 8/53 (27.2 overs)
81/2 (26.5 overs)
Keith Stackpole 57* (79)
Basil D'Oliveira 1/14 (8 overs)
Australia won by 8 wickets
Lord's, London
Umpires: David Constant (Eng) and Arthur Fagg (Eng)
  • England won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 25 June was taken as a rest day.
  • Ross Edwards and Bob Massie (both Aus) made their Test debuts.

3rd Test[edit]

13 – 18 July 1972
Scorecard
v
315 (118.4 overs)
Keith Stackpole 114 (255)
John Snow 5/92 (31 overs)
189 (88.3 overs)
John Edrich 37 (122)
Dennis Lillee 4/35 (29 overs)
324/4d (92 overs)
Ross Edwards 170* (290)
John Snow 3/94 (24 overs)
290/4 (148 overs)
Brian Luckhurst 96 (268)
Dennis Lillee 2/40 (25 overs)
Match drawn
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Umpires: Dusty Rhodes (Eng) and Tom Spencer (Eng)
  • England won the toss and elected to field.
  • 16 July was taken as a rest day.

4th Test[edit]

27 – 29 July 1972
Scorecard
v
146 (86.5 overs)
Keith Stackpole 52 (119)
Derek Underwood 4/37 (31 overs)
263 (130.1 overs)
Ray Illingworth 57 (252)
Ashley Mallett 5/114 (52 overs)
136 (56.1 overs)
Paul Sheahan 41* (135)
Derek Underwood 6/45 (21 overs)
21/1 (10 overs)
Brian Luckhurst 12* (37)
Dennis Lillee 1/7 (5 overs)
England won by 9 wickets
Headingley, Leeds
Umpires: David Constant (Eng) and Charlie Elliott (Eng)
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat.

5th Test[edit]

10 – 16 August 1972
Scorecard
v
284 (92.2 overs)
Alan Knott 92 (126)
Dennis Lillee 5/58 (24.2 overs)
399 (151.5 overs)
Ian Chappell 118 (267)
Derek Underwood 4/90 (38 overs)
356 (121.2 overs)
Barry Wood 90 (216)
Dennis Lillee 5/123 (32.2 overs)
242/5 (92.2 overs)
Keith Stackpole 79 (163)
Tony Greig 2/49 (25.3 overs)
Australia won by 5 wickets
The Oval, London
Umpires: Arthur Fagg (Eng) and Dusty Rhodes (Eng)
  • England won the toss and elected to bat.
  • 13 August was taken as a rest day.
  • Barry Wood (Eng) made his Test debut.

ODI series[edit]

1st ODI[edit]

24 August 1972
Scorecard
Australia 
222/8 (55 overs)
v
 England
226/4 (49.1 overs)
Ross Edwards 57 (84)
Bob Woolmer 3/33 (10 overs)
Dennis Amiss 103 (134)
Graeme Watson 2/28 (8 overs)
England won by 6 wickets
Old Trafford, Manchester
Umpires: Charlie Elliott (Eng) and Dusty Rhodes (Eng)
Player of the match: Dennis Amiss (Eng)

2nd ODI[edit]

26 August 1972
Scorecard
England 
236/9 (55 overs)
v
 Australia
240/5 (51.3 overs)
Alan Knott 50 (50)
Ashley Mallett 2/24 (11 overs)
Keith Stackpole 52 (70)
John Snow 3/35 (11 overs)
Australia won by 5 wickets
Lord's, London
Umpires: Arthur Fagg (Eng) and Tom Spencer (Eng)
Player of the match: Greg Chappell (Aus)
  • Australia won the toss and elected to field.
  • David Colley (Aus) made his ODI debut.

3rd ODI[edit]

28 August 1972
Scorecard
Australia 
179/9 (55 overs)
v
 England
180/8 (51.3 overs)
Keith Stackpole 61 (144)
Geoff Arnold 4/27 (11 overs)
Geoffrey Boycott 41 (90)
Dennis Lillee 3/25 (11 overs)
England won by 2 wickets
Edgbaston, Birmingham
Umpires: David Constant (Eng) and Alan Oakman (Eng)
Player of the match: Barry Wood (Eng)

Annual reviews[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Bill Frindall, The Wisden Book of Test Cricket 1877-1978, Wisden, 1979

External links[edit]