1981 English cricket season

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1981 English cricket season

In the 1981 English cricket season a change of sponsorship ended the Gillette Cup's 18-year tenure as a household name and the knockout competition was renamed the NatWest Trophy, which lasted for twenty years.

Australia toured England to compete for the Ashes. It was the 59th test series between the two sides which England won 3-1.[1]

Nottinghamshire won a close struggle for the County Championship title defeating Sussex by two points.[2] [1]


Test Series[edit]

Cumulative record - Test wins 1876-1981
England 82
Australia 93
Drawn 71

Sri Lankan tour[edit]

The second tour of England by the Sri Lankan team took place in 1981. Sri Lanka had not yet achieved Test status. The team played 13 first-class matches and 11 of these were drawn. In their other two games, the Sri Lankans won one and lost one.

County Championship[edit]

NatWest Trophy[edit]

Main article: 1981 NatWest Trophy

Benson & Hedges Cup[edit]

Sunday League[edit]


  1. ^ a b Wynne-Thomas, Peter (1983). The Hamlyn A-Z of Cricket Records. Hamlyn Publishing Group. ISBN 0-600-34667-6. 
  2. ^ Engel, Matthew (2004). Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2004, pages 493-494. John Wisden & Company Ltd. ISBN 0-947766-83-9. 

External sources[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Playfair Cricket Annual 1982
  • Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1982