England v Australia: 1981 Ashes

John Dyson

John Dyson - John Dyson’s 38 in the second innings at Trent Bridge helped give Australia a four-wicket win in a low-scoring opening Test  


England - England pack the slip cordon in search of wickets as they chase a series-levelling victory at Lord’s in the second Test, but Australia hold out to remain one up  

Graeme Wood

Graeme Wood - Australia opener Graeme Wood hit a commanding 62 not out as the tourists easily saved the match at the Home of Cricket  

Dennis Lillee

Dennis Lillee - Some hostile bowling from Lillee helped put Australia into a winning position in the historic third Test at Headingley  

Headingley Scoreboard

Headingley Scoreboard - England needed 92 runs just to make Australia bat again with only three second innings wickets in hand and the scoreboard at Headingley indicates the severity of the situation  

Ian Botham

Ian Botham - In one of the series' most iconic images, Botham sets about resucing England in his most famous cricketing moment, smashing an unbeaten 149  

Bob Willis

Bob Willis - The big-haired Willis then took over and produced a remarkable spell of 8-43 to knock the Aussies over for just 111 and sealing an amazing 18-run victory  

Mike Brearley & Ian Botham

Mike Brearley & Ian Botham - Botham, who had resigned the captaincy prior to the third Test, celebrates with his successor, Mike Brearley, after the game  

Ian Botham Headingley 1981

Ian Botham Headingley 1981 - Beefy revels in his glory  

Ian Botham

Ian Botham - With England rejuvenated, Botham takes the wicket of Terry Alderman to seal victory in the fourth Test at Edgbaston during a spell of 5-11  

Old Trafford celebrations

Old Trafford celebrations - After more Botham heroics, England claim another win at Old Trafford to take the series 3-1 and claim the Ashes  

Mike Gatting

Mike Gatting - Half-centuries in both innings from Gatting ensures England earned a draw at the Oval in the final Test  

Ian Botham & Dennis Lillee

Ian Botham & Dennis Lillee - Botham, whose name is now synonymous with this series, and Lillee, who took 39 wickets, are pictured together on the outfield  

John Dyson England Graeme Wood Dennis Lillee Headingley Scoreboard Ian Botham Bob Willis Mike Brearley & Ian Botham Ian Botham Headingley 1981 Ian Botham Old Trafford celebrations Mike Gatting Ian Botham & Dennis Lillee