England v Australia
Australia in British Isles 1981 (4th Test)
VenueEdgbaston, Birmingham on 30th, 31st July, 1st, 2nd August 1981 (5-day match)
Balls per over6
TossEngland won the toss and decided to bat
ResultEngland won by 29 runs
UmpiresHD Bird, DO Oslear
Close of play day 1Australia (1) 19/2 (Wood 6*, Bright 0*)
Close of play day 2England (2) 49/1 (Boycott 9*, Gower 20*)
Close of play day 3Australia (2) 9/1 (Dyson 5*, Border 2*)
Man of the MatchIT Botham

England first inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
G Boycottc Marsh b Alderman1336441- 
*JM Brearleyc Border b Lillee481151666- 
DI Gowerc Hogg b Alderman01010-- 
GA Goochc Marsh b Bright2143503- 
MW Gattingc Alderman b Lillee2146892- 
P Willeyb Bright1659662- 
IT Bothamb Alderman2643583- 
JE Embureyb Hogg33339-- 
+RW Taylorb Alderman031-- 
CM Oldnot out112335-- 
RGD Willisc Marsh b Alderman1315112- 
Extras(1 b, 5 lb, 10 nb, 1 w)17
Total(all out, 69.1 overs)189
Fall of wickets:
1-29 (Boycott), 2-29 (Gower), 3-60 (Gooch), 4-101 (Brearley), 5-126 (Gatting), 6-145 (Willey), 7-161 (Botham), 8-161 (Taylor), 9-165 (Emburey), 10-189 (Willis, 69.1 ov)
Australia bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Lillee18   4612--
Hogg16   3491--
Bright12   4202--

Australia first inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
GM Woodrun out (Old)381391742- 
J Dysonb Old11114-- 
AR Borderc Taylor b Old22425-- 
RJ Brightlbw b Botham2751634- 
*KJ Hugheslbw b Old471011127- 
GN Yallopb Emburey3070983- 
MF Kentc Willis b Emburey46811096- 
+RW Marshb Emburey22425-- 
DK Lilleeb Emburey1843403- 
RM Hoggrun out001-- 
TM Aldermannot out336-- 
Extras(4 b, 19 lb, 21 nb)44
Total(all out, 86.5 overs)258
Fall of wickets:
1-5 (Dyson), 2-14 (Border), 3-62 (Bright), 4-115 (Wood), 5-166 (Hughes), 6-203 (Yallop), 7-220 (Marsh), 8-253 (Kent), 9-253 (Hogg), 10-258 (Lillee, 86.5 ov)
England bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Willis19   3630--
Old21   8443--
Botham20   1641--

England second inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
G Boycottc Marsh b Bright291361903- 
*JM Brearleylbw b Lillee1317172- 
DI Gowerc Border b Bright2359702- 
GA Goochb Bright21931163- 
MW Gattingb Bright39711033- 
P Willeyb Bright522231- 
IT Bothamc Marsh b Lillee31115-- 
CM Oldc Marsh b Alderman2324273- 
JE Embureynot out3779925- 
+RW Taylorlbw b Alderman84770-- 
RGD Willisc Marsh b Alderman253-- 
Extras(6 lb, 9 nb, 1 w)16
Total(all out, 92 overs)219
Fall of wickets:
1-18 (Brearley), 2-52 (Gower), 3-89 (Boycott), 4-98 (Gooch), 5-110 (Willey), 6-115 (Botham), 7-154 (Old), 8-167 (Gatting), 9-217 (Taylor), 10-219 (Willis, 92 ov)
Australia bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Lillee26   9512--
Alderman22   5653--
Hogg10   3190--
Bright34   17685--

Australia second inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
J Dysonlbw b Willis1346621- 
GM Woodlbw b Old257-- 
AR Borderc Gatting b Emburey401752134- 
*KJ Hughesc Emburey b Willis51116-- 
GN Yallopc Botham b Emburey30961145- 
MF Kentb Botham1045681- 
+RW Marshb Botham4891- 
RJ Brightlbw b Botham011-- 
DK Lilleec Taylor b Botham31919-- 
RM Hoggnot out0611-- 
TM Aldermanb Botham032-- 
Extras(1 b, 2 lb, 11 nb)14
Total(all out, 67 overs)121
Fall of wickets:
1-2 (Wood), 2-19 (Dyson), 3-29 (Hughes), 4-87 (Yallop), 5-105 (Border), 6-114 (Marsh), 7-114 (Bright), 8-120 (Lillee), 9-121 (Kent), 10-121 (Alderman, 67 ov)
England bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Willis20   6372--
Old11   4191--
Emburey22   10402--
Botham14   9115--

--> The match was scheduled for five days but completed in four.
--> MF Kent made his debut in Test matches
--> CM Old made his last appearance in Test matches
--> JM Brearley did not score for 63 minutes when 13 in the England first innings
--> JM Brearley (1) passed 23500 runs in first-class matches when he reached 40
--> IT Botham (1) passed 7000 runs in first-class matches when he reached 21
--> DI Gower (2) passed 2000 runs in Test matches when he reached 5
--> IT Botham reached 600 wickets in first-class matches when he dismissed RW Marsh, his 1st wicket in the Australia second innings





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