Battling the odds at Adelaide

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Mike Atherton

Mike Gatting, who scored 117, drenches captain Mike Atherton after England win the thrilling 1995 Test at Adelaide by 106 runs

England's record at Adelaide will not stir much optimism amongst the travelling fans, who will be hoping to see a decisive win in the second Ashes Test.

Despite some early success there, England have prevailed just twice at the Adelaide Oval in 55 years. In 29 Tests spanning back to 1884, England have won eight and lost 16 with five matches ending in a draw.

That last statistic would read six draws had the tourists not collapsed in dramatic style four years ago.

Paul Collingwood hit a magnificent 206 and Kevin Pietersen 158 as England amassed 551 for six in their first innings. Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke then hit tons as Australia responded with 513.

A morale-boosting draw for Andrew Flintoff's side looked imminent with a day remaining - England were 59 for one overnight with a lead of 97 - but they folded in dramatic fashion in the face of the irrepressible Shane Warne.

England lost nine wickets for just 60 runs, which left Australia chasing 168 in the final session. As the shadows descended, Mike Hussey and Clarke saw the hosts to a six-wicket win, a crushing blow from which England could not recover.

England fans need to go back 15 years to savour the taste of victory at Adelaide.

Trailing 2-0 after three matches, Mike Atherton's side knew their chance of regaining the Ashes was gone but they could still level the series if they won the two remaining Tests.

Paul Collingwood

Paul Collingwood raises his bat to the thousands of travelling fans during his superb 206 four years ago. It failed to prevent defeat

They began well by posting 353 in their first innings thanks to 117 from Mike Gatting and 80 from the captain, but Australia replied with 419 courtesy of a hundred on debut from Greg Blewett.

Graham Thorpe and John Crawley hit 83 and 71 respectively when England batted again while a swashbuckling 88 from Phil DeFreitas left Australia needing 263 to win in 67 overs on the final day.

It would be England's moment, however, with Devon Malcolm and Chris Lewis taking four wickets each to claim victory with just 5.5 overs remaining.

Twenty years earlier, England recovered from 27 for five in their first innings of the fifth Test to win by 205 runs in a series they eventually won 5-1.

Possibly the most famous Test at the venue was back in 1933 when England won what is known as the 'Battle of Adelaide'.

After the tourists scored 341 batting first, emotions ran high on day three when Harold Larwood's bouncer struck Australian wicketkeeper Bert Oldfield, on the head forcing him off the field.

Mounted police were needed to keep the 50,962 crowd in check as the 'Bodyline Series' sunk to a new low.

England-Australia Adelaide records

England wins: 8
Australia wins: 16
Draws: 5

England - highest total: 551 for six; lowest total: 124
Australia - highest total: 582; lowest total: 100

1884: England won by eight wickets
1892: England won by innings and 230 runs
1895: Australia won by 382 runs
1898: Australia won by innings and 13 runs
1902: Australia won by four wickets
1904: Australia won by 216 runs
1908: Australia won by 245 runs
1912: England won by seven wickets
1921: Australia won by 119 runs
1925: Australia won by 11 runs
1929: England won by 12 runs
1933: England won by 338 runs
1937: Australia won by 148 runs
1947: Draw
1951: Australia won by 274 runs
1955: England won by five wickets
1959: Australia won by 10 wickets
1963: Draw
1966: Australia won by innings and nine runs
1971: Draw
1975: Australia won by 163 runs
1979: England won by 205 runs
1982: Australia won by eight wickets
1986: Draw
1991: Draw
1995: England won by 106 runs
1998: Australia won by 205 runs
2002: Australia won by innings and 51 runs
2006: Australia won by six wickets

Kevin Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen is bowled by Shane Warne as England slip towards defeat on their most recent tour

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