Test-playing tour of England
(May - September1989)
The Australians regained The Ashes by winning the
fourth Test match at Old Trafford. Allan Border, bringing to an end his
over-friendly on-field outlook from 1985, became the first captain since
Woodfull in 1934 to regain The Ashes in England.The Australian batsmen posted large totals
in nearly every innings while Terry Alderman had a record-breaking series
with the ball. Thought of as the weak link, the bowling attack rose to the
demands of an Ashes series.Lawson
whose jaw was broken by a bouncer from Ambrose in December, and Alderman, the
first of the rebel South African tourists to be recalled to the national
side, headed the attack, as they did on the 1981 tour, supported by Hohns and
News of another 'rebel' tour of South Africa
by sixteen English cricketers distracted from the team's achievement on the
day of their Ashes victory..
This was the first Australian touring team since the
1948 side to win four Test matches in England. The Australians also won
8 out of the 14 Castlemaine XXXX
Challengematches against the
counties for which they earned £22,250.
Comments from Martin Blake in the Melbourne Age 1 Sept 1989.
Opening batsmenGeoff Marsh, Mark Taylor, Mike
Middle-order batsmenDavid Boon, Steve Waugh,
Allan Border, Dean Jones, Tom Moody
Wicket-keepersIan Healy, Tim Zoehrer
Spin bowlersTrevor Hohns, Tim May,
Fast bowlersTerry Alderman, Geoff Lawson,
Merv Hughes, Greg Campbell, Carl Rackemann.
T M Alderman
Border’s key bowler performed brilliantly from day one and was
still mesmerising the batsmen at the end
D C Boon
Atoned for his difficulties against England in the past, although
he failed to make a century. A fine contributor
A R Border
Outstanding leadership and consistent batting made him the most
important member of the tour party
G D Campbell
Dropped after a nervous Test debut but generally performed
well. A great learning experience for him.
I A Healy
An up and down tour. Did not miss a catch in the Tests but
glovework was sloppy at times and batting poor
T V Hohns
The surprise packet. Batting, bowling and fielding were
invaluable. A real professional
M G Hughes
Proved a few people wrong
bowling with consistent pace and aggression. Provided ideal foil for
Alderman and Lawson
D M Jones
outstanding success at No 5 where he should settle as a world-class player
G R Lawson
Took at least two wickets
in every England
innings, a mark of his consistency. Also took quality wickets. A fine tour
G R Marsh
Struggled at times but
basically did the job, getting the team off to some good starts
T B A May
injuries robbed him of a chance. Hohns came in to fill his role
T M Moody
Did not get an opportunity.
Batted well enough in early games but trailled off towards the end.
C G Rackemann
Bowled reasonably well in
tour games but never a place for him in Tests. Another who missed the boat
due to injury
M A Taylor
A golden English summer and
now must be ready for many more. Technically and mentally, a superb opener
M R J Veletta
Battled to come to terms
with the lack of opportunities. Broke a hand just when he had struck form
S R Waugh
Century in first Test was
the innings of the series. A magnificent effort throughout though less
success with the ball.
T J Zoehrer
Unfortunate to be hurt when Healy broke down early in the tour,
thus missing his chance. Did nothing wrong in the tour games and should
press for a Test berth this year.
NNew South Wales (3)
SSouth Australia (1)
WWestern Australia (5)
Average age ofteam at time of first Test match
(8 June 1989) :
in Texaco Trophy one-day series
Appearances made before the tour
Border 102, Lawson 38, Boon 36, Marsh 27, Waugh 26, Alderman 24, Jones 21, Hughes 11, Zoehrer 10, Healy 8, May 7, Veletta 7, Rackemann 5, Hohns 2, Mark Taylor 2, Campbell 0, Moody 0.
Cricket manager / coach
Errol Alcott had to return to Australia
for business reasons and Pat Farhart replaced him.
New scorer Mike Walsh of Essendon
Cricket Club, Victoria, went on to become Australia’s first computer analyst
in 1998-99 season and assistant manager on tour.
Lawrie Sawle (Western Australia
- chairman), John Benaud (New South Wales), Jim Higgs (Victoria), Bob Simpson (coach), with Allan Border
(captain) invited by Sawle to be
Sawle was appointed manager in September 1988.The selection committee met on 14 and 15
March in Melbourne.
Unavailable: Bruce Reid - back
Tour Party Announced :16 March ? 1989.
Not selected : Mike Whitney,Mark Waugh, Craig McDermott.
Time between selection and departure from Australia
(16 March - 29 April)
Departure : 29 April 1989.
In the interests of team spirit, it was decided that
wives would not accompany the team until late in the tour. The team spent
five hours waiting for a connecting flight from Sydney
Airport and then made the 26
hour-long flight from Australia
to London, upgraded
for the first time from economy to business class. The flight landed at Heathrow Airport,
Sunday 30 April.
On arrival Merv Hughes and David Boon
were almost ordered to turn straight round and fly home again after their
antics on the flight to England.Boon broke Rod Marsh’s booze record of 45 on
the flight to 1983 World Cup by consuming 52 stubbies of beer on the flight,
rendering him barely able to get off the plane. Hughes gave an interview in which he
revealed that Boon had already notched
up the first half century of the tour. This did not amuse the Australian
The team's London base was the Westbury Hotel.
Time spent in England
(30 April - 5? September)
Allan Border (captain),
Geoff Marsh (vice-captain), Bob Simpson (coach), Lawrie Sawle (manager and chairman).
At one stage it was likely that Carl Rackemann, who
needed surgery on a knee, and Mike Veletta (broken finger which put him out
of the second part of the tour) would return to Australia for treatment and that
Peter Taylor would join the tour party.
Tim Zoehrer was unfortunate to be injured when Healy
broke down early in the tour thus missing his chance.
† West Bromwich
League Cricket Conference(55 overs)
Won 165 r
Duchess of Norfolk's XI(50 overs)
Won 120 r
Lost 4 w
Won 101 r
Lost 3 w
Won 3 w
Won 109 r
§ Old Trafford
England (1st ODI)
Lost 95 r
§ Trent Bridge
England (2nd ODI)
England (3rd ODI)
Won 6 w
Won 11 r
WON 210 r
Won 9 w
Won 272 r
WON 6 w
† The Parks, Oxford
Oxford & Cambridge
Universities (55 overs)
† The Parks, Oxford
Oxford & Cambridge
Universities (35 overs)
Won 99 r
Won 97 r
Minor Counties (55 overs)
Won 27 r
Won inns 146 r
WON 9 w
Won 196 r
Won 9 w
WON inns 180 r
Won 150 r
† Den Haag
Won 57 r
† Den Haag
Won scoring rate
Won 45 r
Won 54 r
§one-day internationals (Texaco Trphy)
spent in England
before First Test:
(30 April - 8 June)
appearances on tour
Boon, Border, Healy, Hughes, Jones, Lawson, Marsh, M.Taylor, S R Waugh.
Moody, Rackemann, Veletta, Zoehrer.
•Mark Taylor scored 839 runs in the Test
series, second only to Bradman's record of 974 in five Tests in 1930.
•Steve Waugh was dismissed for the first time
in the series at Edgbaston after scoring 393 runs undismissed in four Test
innings.Waugh, Taylor and Jones each
scored two centuries during the Test series, and Marsh one.
•Marsh and Taylor enjoyed an opening
partnership of 329 at Trent
Bridge, the highest for
the first wicket.
•Terry Alderman had 41 wickets in the Test
series, of which 18 were awarded lbw.
Other first-class matches
ϯ Minor matches
§ One-day internationals
The team played four games in Europe
before returning home in September
Border landed at Brisbane
Airport on 9 September
to an enthusiastic welcome.On 27 September
the team was given a victory dinner at the Southern Cross Hotel in Melbourne,
attended by the Prime Minister Bob Hawke, and next day was feted with a
ticker tape parade in Sydney.Allan
Border was made an Officer of the Order of Australia by Prime Minister Bob
Hawke at the victory dinner, the only time such an announcement was made
outside the Queen's Birthday or Australia Day lists.
Time away from Australia
(29 April to 6 September)
accounts of the tour
from Ashes, 1989 Ashes tour”by Phil
“Battle for the Ashes
89”Norman Barrett (Daily
Glory”Allan Border (1990)
Heroes”edited by John Huxley (Lindsay-Townsend
Heroes: return of the Ashes”Rod
Nicholson (Magenta Press)