England overwhelmed Australia by an innings and four runs in Melbourne on Thursday (13 February) to win the sixth and final cricket test.
England overwhelmed Australia by an innings and four runs in Melbourne on Thursday (13 February) to win the sixth and final cricket test. Australia won the series four-one.
Australia's poor first innings of 152 on a pitch which helped fast bowlers caused their downfall. England had second use of the pitch and amassed 529 runs. Australia were without their fast bowlers Thomson and Lillee.
Facing a deficit of 377 runs Australia looked like forcing a draw after the fourth day when they lost only three wickets in making 273. But England stuck quickly on the last day. Ross Edwards was out early and Marsh and Walters soon followed.
Then Greg Chappell, who scored a superb 102 was joined by Walker and they added 61 runs. But after Walker and Chappell were out the other batsmen put up little resistance.
Tony Greig finished with four-for-88 to be England's most successful bowler.
The result was triumph for Mike Denness, the England captain, who had such a poor series that he dropped himself from the fourth test in Sydney. Denness made 188 in England's innings and handled his side well. But it remains to be seen if one victory in six tests is enough to retain him the leadership this northern summer when England play in the eight nation World Cup followed by four full tests against Australia.