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1970/71 Ashes

Ray Illingworth led the English team on the 1970/71 Ashes tour. The series was contested over seven Test matches after the 3rd Test match at the MCG was washed out and replayed as the 5th Test . England beat Bill Lawry's Australians 2–0 to retain the Ashes. It was the the only full Test series in Australia in which the home team failed to win a single Test and Bill Lawry was axed at the end of the 6th Test in favour of Ian Chappell.

During the decisive 7th Test at the SCG, England had walked off the field in protest after fast bowler John Snow was manhandled by an Australian supporter on the boundary line.  Ray Illingworth led his team back after calm had been restored on the Sydney Hill to regain the Ashes with a 62 run victory.

The first ever One Day International took place at the MCG during this tour after the rain washout of the 3rd Test. 

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1970/71 Ashes

The Ashes: A brief history (28 June 2013)

The first Test match was played between England and Australia in 1877 at the MCG. The Ashes legend started 5 years later, after the ninth Test, played in 1882 at the Oval in London.

The third Australian team to tour England in 1882 achieved the unthinkable. Until then, the English had never been beaten on home soil, but Australia led by WL "Billy" Murdoch shocked England, with the legendary WG Grace in their ranks, lost by seven runs with Aussie fast bowler Fred Spofforth taking 14 wickets for 90 runs.

The following day, a mock obituary ran in the Sporting Times "in affectionate remembrance of English cricket, which died at the Oval on 29th August, 1882". 

During the next tour to Australia in late 1882, a small terracotta urn was presented to the England captain Hon Ivo Bligh by a group of Melbourne women, led by Lady Clarke, after a friendly game that was played at Sir William Clarke's Rupertswood manor in Sunbury, Victoria. The contents of the urn are reputed to be the ashes of an item of cricket equipment such as a bail, or scarf, depending on which legend is true.

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