Between 1975 and 1983 England
on no less than eight occasions : 1975, 1976-77, 1977, 1978-79, 1979-80, 1980,
1981 and 1982-83, and played 31 Test matches.
For this series, marking the 100th anniversary of Ivo Bligh's
tour and the creation of The Ashes, the Australian Board reverted to the
traditional arrangement of a series of five Test matches rather than six. Australia won
2-1 and so regained ‘the urn'.
England were greatly weakened by the ban on 15 cricketers
involved in the previous winter's South African Breweries tour; Cook and
Fowler were no substitute for Boycott and Gooch, and Willis himself described
his bowling attack as 'threadbare' - but the selectors need not have opted
for three off-spinners while the variety of left-arm spin from Edmonds was
Some controversial umpiring decisions added weight to the demands
that umpires must make use of TV replays. Botham was fined $200 for
commenting on this in his newspaper column. His tour was hampered by a
persistent back injury,
Having been eliminated from the one-day international finals in Australia, England
then lost three more one-day matches in New Zealand and even the extra
match played in Sharjah on the way home.
was named on 6 August and Norman Gifford was named as asistant manager on 1
Peter May (chairman), Alec Bedser, Norman Gifford,Alan Smith,Frank Mann (chairman of the TCCB), Doug Insole (manager) and Bob Willis
Bob Willis was announced as captain on
21 August 1982
Unavailable :All players who took part in the 1982 South African Breweries tour
(Amiss, Boycott, Emburey, Gooch, Hendrick, Humpage, Knott, Larkins, Lever,
Old, Sidebottom, Taylor,
Underwood, Willey, Woolmer).
Tour party announced :11 September 1982.
Not selected:Phil Edmonds ("rather than risk upsetting team
harmony" was the view of author David Fulton); Paul Downton.
Time between selection and departure from England
(11 September - 13 October)
After assembling at the M.C.C.
Lord's, on 13 October 1982, the team flew out of Heathrow Airport
at 9.30 pm on a Qantas jumbo jet.
They flew via Bahrain,
Singapore and Sydney to Brisbane, The Times reporting that the players
were disgruntled to be travelling such a long flight in tourist class, which
saved the T.C.C.B. £40,000 on fares. The team arrived in Brisbane on Friday 15 October. The 1982
Commonwealth Games had only just finished.
Because they had failed to reach the Benson & Hedges Cup ODI
finals, England had a week
off in Sydney before flying to New Zealand
on 17 February.
Time spent in Australia
October -17 February)
Bob Willis (captain),
David Gower (vice-captain), Ian Botham
(senior player), Doug Insole (manager), Norman Gifford (assistant manager)
Trevor Jesty flew out on Christmas Eve after Randall had been hit in the face
by a ball from Holding against Tasmania.
The other reserve batsman (Mike Gatting) had made himself unavailable owing
to his wife's pregnancy.
Leaving from Christchurch on 28
February the team flew to Sydney
where it split up.
Hemmings, Willis, Tavare, Marks and Randall reached Heathrow on 1
March, along with physio Bernard Thomas. Bob Taylor went to California.
The remainder went via Dubai to
Sharjah UAE to play against Pakistan
on 4 March. This one-day benefit match (for Zaheer Abbas) was not part of the
official tour programme. England
were captained by Jackman.
Time away from England
(13 October - 1 March)
of the Tour
“The Ashes 1982-83”by Richie Benaud (Lansdowne Press, 1983)
“Botham Down Under" by Ian
Botham & Ian Jarrett (HarperCollins, 1983)
“Chappell's Revenge"by Michael Carey(Daily Telegraph, 1983)
"Summer of Speed: Fight for The Ashes" by Patrick Eagar & Alan Ross
“The Fight for the Ashes
1982-83” by Chris
Harte (pub the author, Adelaide,
"Decision Against England
: Centenary Ashes, 1983" byRobin Marlar (Methuen, 1983)
"The Captain's Diary"by Bob
Willis and Alan Lee (Willow,