John Snow and Tony Greig bowled England to victory by 89 runs in the first test at Old Trafford near Manchester on Tuesday (13 June).
John Snow and Tony Greig bowled England to victory by 89 runs in the first test at Old Trafford near Manchester on Tuesday (13 June). They took four wickets search as Australia were bowled out for 252 in their second innings. And the win brought England their first step towards retaining the Ashes.
The margin of victory would have been greater had not Rodney Marsh and Johnny Gleeson shared a magnificent ninth-wicket stand of 104 for Australia.
But the win was England's first victory in the opening match of a series against Australia since winning at Brisbane in 1936.
Marsh and Gleeson highlighted the inadequacies of Australia's early batting. The only specialist batsman to really succeed was Keith Stackpole.
Australia needed a god start on Tuesday if they were to deny England victory but they soon lost Greg Chappell and Graeme Watson to indifferent strokes. Doug Walters, John Inverarity and David Colley all went cheaply--and it was left to Marsh and Gleeson to retrieve some honour for Australia.
Marsh, who hit four high sixes off Norman Gifford and failed by only nine runs to become the first Australian wicket-keeper to score a century against England, was eventually out when he edged a ball from Greig to wicket-keeper Alan Knott.
One run later, Greig bowled Gleeson and Australia were all out. And at the end, England were 249 and 234 against Australia's 142 and 252.