The Ashes Trivia Quiz
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The year was 1882…
That summer, an Australian cricket team under the captaincy of W.L. “Billy” Murdoch toured England and played what became the inaugural Test match of the Ashes series. Australia won the two-day contest thanks largely to their legendary fast bowler Fred Spofforth. What was Spofforth’s famous nickname?
Changing of the guard
The 1899 Ashes series took place in England. It was notable for being the final Ashes played by one of cricket’s immortals, England’s W.G. Grace, while for another player, an Australian who was soon also to become a legend of the game, it was his first. Who was that newcomer?
The 1930 Ashes, played in England, was won by Australia largely thanks to the astonishing batting of Don Bradman. For the 1932-33 series in Australia, England came up with a bold new strategy — bodyline bowling — specifically to neutralize him. How did the new strategy work out?
B) Australia won after Bradman and his fast bowlers worked out a counter-strategy
C) England won, but at the cost of civic unrest and a heated international row
D) England won easily, earning grudging appreciation from Bradman for their originality
In 1948, Don Bradman led the Australians on his last Ashes tour. The side he brought to England was on paper the most powerful Australia had assembled in decades, perhaps ever. This team is known to cricketing history as “The Invincibles”. Why?
B) Besides the cricket, team members played and won six exhibition rugby games
C) In mockery, after they lost their first two exhibition matches
D) Slim Dusty’s stirring The Invincibles was Bradman’s favorite song
The 1974-75 Ashes tour of Australia was a disaster for the English team, thanks largely to fast bowlers Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson. England might have fared better if their leading batsman had been available to play, but he had retired prematurely from the national team the previous year. Who was he?
You have been Warned
The great Australian bowler Shane Warne bowled his first Ashes delivery in the first Test of the 1993 Ashes, and struck immediately, dismissing England captain Mike Gatting. That ball acquired legendary status as the Ball of the Century. Warne bowled it using his stock bowling style. What was that?
B) Left arm unorthodox (“chinaman”)
C) Right arm leg spin
D) Right arm off spin
Playing at home in the 2006-07 Ashes series, after losing an epic series in England two years before, Australia under captain Ricky Ponting struck back in a way that had been achieved only once, 86 years earlier. What was it?
B) Outscoring the opposition in every innings of every match
C) Taking all 20 opposition wickets in every match
D) Winning the coin toss at the start of every game
In 2015, a 23-year-old cricketer became the youngest ever captain to lead the winning side in an Ashes series. Who was the victorious captain?
B) Alistair Cook, of the English men’s team
C) Meg Lanning, of the Australian women’s team
D) Sarah Taylor, of the English women’s team
Three unwise men
Australia’s team for the 2019 Ashes tour of England included the return to Test cricket of three men who for most of the previous year had been banned from international games but were now again cleared to play: Steven Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft. For what infraction were the three banned?
B) Match fixing
C) Tampering with the ball
D) Use of performance-enhancing drugs
The truth about the 2019 Ashes
Can you spot the fake news? Only one of the following important facts about the 2019 men’s Ashes series is actually true. Which is it?
B) It would include the millionth run to be scored in Ashes cricket
C) Rival captains Aaron Finach and Joe Root played cricket together as children
D) Victory by England would leave it exactly tied with Australia for Ashes series wins
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