1985 English cricket season

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1985 English cricket season

The 1985 English cricket season was the 86th in which the County Championship had been an official competition. England recovered The Ashes against an Australian team that had lost several players to a "rebel tour" of South Africa. The Britannic Assurance County Championship was won by Middlesex.


Test series

England won the Ashes thanks to the batting of Mike Gatting, Tim Robinson and David Gower; and some excellent seam bowling by Richard Ellison. As in 1981, this was another disappointing Australian team, but their recovery was complete by the time of their next visit in 1989.

Cumulative record - Test wins 1876-1985
England 86
Australia 96
Drawn 75

Zimbabwe tour

Zimbabwe made their second tour of England and played in 8 first-class matches, mostly against county opposition.

County Championship

NatWest Trophy

Benson & Hedges Cup

Sunday League

Leading batsmen

Viv Richards of Somerset topped the batting averages with 1836 runs at an average of 76.50.

The leading run scorer was Essex and England batsman Graham Gooch with 2208 runs at 71.22 from 33 innings.

Leading bowlers

Richard Ellison of Somerset and England topped the bowling averages, taking 65 wickets at an average of 17.20.

Worcestershire bowler Neal Radford was the leading wicket taker with 101, at an average of 24.68.


External sources

  • CricketArchive – season and tournament itineraries

Annual reviews

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