Australian cricket team in England and Ireland in 2001

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2001 Ashes Series
Headingley 2001.jpg
2001 Ashes test; Headingley
Date 5 July 2001 – 27 August 2001
Location England
Result Australia won the Ashes 4–1.
Player of the series Mark Butcher (Eng)
Glenn McGrath (Aus)
Teams
 England  Australia
Captains
Nasser Hussain Steve Waugh
Most runs
Mark Butcher (456) Mark Waugh (430)
Most wickets
Darren Gough (17) Glenn McGrath (32)

The 2001 cricket series between England and Australia for the Ashes was played in England from 5 July to 27 August 2001. Australia won the Test series 4–1 and retained the Ashes that had been in their possession since the 1989 Ashes series. As of 2018, it is the last time that Australia has won the Ashes in England.

Glenn McGrath and Mark Butcher were named Players of the Series. The series also marked the retirement of former England captain Mike Atherton, who finished his international career after the Fifth and final Test.

Besides the Ashes, Australia involved in the 2001 NatWest Series along with England and Pakistan. The tour also consisted of six First-class matches, 2 List A matches and One Day match with Ireland.[1]

Tour matches

First-class: Worcestershire vs Australians

1–3 June 2001
Scorecard
v
351 (87.2 overs)
Damien Martyn 108 (149)
Christopher Liptrot 3/37 (17 overs)
163 (63.4 overs)
Anurag Singh 62 (117)
Nathan Bracken 3/29 (13 overs)
360/8d (67 overs)
Ricky Ponting 65 (62)
Matthew Rawnsley 3/108 (24 overs)
188 (57.3 overs)
David Leatherdale 72 (113)
Glenn McGrath 4/31 (12.3 overs)
Australians won by 360 runs
New Road, Worcester
Umpires: Michael Dixon (Eng) and Allan Jones (Eng)
  • Australians won the toss and elected to bat.

List A: Middlesex vs Australians

5 June 2001
Scorecard
Middlesex
233/4 (47.1 overs)
v
Australians 
232 (44.2 overs)
Ben Hutton 73 (105)
Ian Harvey 1/36 (10 overs)
Ian Harvey 84 (65)
Paul Weekes 3/36 (10 overs)
Middlesex won by 6 wickets
Lord's, London
Umpires: Barrie Leadbeater (Eng) and Alan Whitehead (Eng)
  • Middlesex won the toss and elected to field.

List A: Northamptonshire vs Australians

7 June 2001
Scorecard
Northamptonshire
234 (50 overs)
v
Australians 
234/3 (50 overs)
Michael Hussey 73 (106)
Michael Bevan 2/24 (4 overs)
Damien Martyn 101* (131)
Darren Cousins 2/27 (10 overs)
Match tied.
County Ground, Northampton
Umpires: Nigel Cowley (Eng) and David Shepherd (umpire) (Eng)
  • Northamptonshire won the toss and elected to field.

First-class: M.C.C vs Australians

25–27 June 2001
Scorecard
v
390 (74.5 overs)
Simon Katich 168* (167)
Joe Dawes 4/74 (19 overs)
124 (38.3 overs)
Mark Richardson 64 (115)
Colin Miller 4/41 (8.3 overs)
294/8d (78 overs)
Steve Waugh 105 (127)
Charl Willoughby 3/66 (21 overs)
280 (72.2 overs)
Jimmy Adams 81* (140)
Colin Miller 3/87 (23 overs)
Australians won by 280 runs
Arundel Castle Cricket Ground, Arundel
Umpires: Tony Clarkson (Eng) and Neil Bainton (Eng)
  • Australians won the toss and elected to bat.

First-class: Essex vs Australians

29 June–1 July 2001
Scorecard
v
405/5d (87 overs)
Adam Gilchrist 150* (149)
Justin Bishop 2/70 (18 overs)
231 (64 overs)
James Foster 74 (115)
Jason Gillespie 5/37 (16 overs)
569/9d (120 overs)
Matthew Hayden 98 (109)
Peter Such 5/131 (39 overs)
Match drawn.
County Ground, Chelmsford
Umpires: Ian Gould (Eng) and Trevor Jesty (Eng)
  • Australians won the toss and elected to bat.

First-class: Somerset vs Australians

13–16 July 2001
Scorecard
v
348/3d (74 overs)
Ricky Ponting 129 (130)
Jason Kerr 1/52 (17 overs)
267 (68.2 overs)
Aamer Sohail 50 (120)
Damien Fleming 6/59 (17 overs)
335/4d (81 overs)
Damien Martyn 176* (231)
Shoaib Akhtar 2/9 (7 overs)
240 (70 overs)
Mike Burns 59 (96)
Simon Katich 3/21 (4 overs)
Australians won by 176 runs
County Ground, Taunton
Umpires: Michael Dixon (Eng) and Mervyn Kitchen (Eng)
  • Australians won the toss and elected to bat.

First-class: Hampshire vs Australians

28–30 July 2001
Scorecard
v
354 (114.1 overs)
Robin Smith 113 (277)
Ashley Noffke 3/66 (22.1 overs)
97 (30.4 overs)
Ashley Noffke 28 (52)
Alan Mullally 5/18 (11.4 overs)
134/8 (24.3 overs)
Neil Johnson 37 (29)
Shane Warne 4/31 (5 overs)
389/9d (109.1 overs)
Matthew Hayden 142 (215)
Shaun Udal 4/149 (47.1 overs)
Hampshire won by 2 wickets
The Rose Bowl, Southampton
Umpires: John Steele (Eng) and Bob White (Eng)
  • Hampshire won the toss and elected to field.

First-class: Sussex vs Australians

8–10 August 2001
Scorecard
v
355/4d (91 overs)
Richard Montgomerie 157 (266)
Damien Fleming 2/67 (20 overs)
86/2d (21 overs)
Michael Slater 46* (70)
Billy Taylor 2/39 (4 overs)
67/5d (20 overs)
Murray Goodwin 28* (28)
Damien Fleming 3/20 (8 overs)
339/2 (63.5 overs)
Ricky Ponting 147* (170)
Jason Lewry 1/52 (11 overs)
Australians won by 8 wickets
County Ground, Hove
Umpires: Graham Burgess (Eng) and Nigel Llong (Eng)
  • Australians won the toss and elected to field.
  • Australians target was set to 337 to score minimum of 68 overs to win.

Other One Day: Ireland vs Australians

12 August 2001
Scorecard
v
Australians 
86/1 (23.4 overs)
Matthew Hayden 52* (74)
Conor Armstrong 1/21 (4.4 overs)
No result
Ormeau Cricket Ground, Belfast
Umpires: Ernest Cooke (Eng) and Trevor Henry (Ire)
  • Ireland won the toss and elected to field.
  • Match was abandoned due to heavy rain.[2]

The Ashes Series

1st Test

5–8 July
Scorecard
v
294 (65.3 overs)
AJ Stewart 65 (82)
SK Warne 5/71 [19]
576 (129.4 overs)
AC Gilchrist 152 (143)
MA Butcher 4/42 [9]
164 (42.1 overs)
ME Trescothick 76 (113)
SK Warne 3/29 [10.1]
Australia won by an innings and 118 runs
Edgbaston, Birmingham
Umpires: SA Bucknor (WI) and G Sharp (Eng)
Player of the match: AC Gilchrist (Aus)

The First Test was a comprehensive victory for Australia. Adam Gilchrist was awarded man of the match for his 152, hit from just 143 balls, but it was Shane Warne who took the bowling plaudits. Warne's eight wickets for exactly 100 runs saw England dismissed for less than 300 in the first innings, despite a 103 run 10th wicket partnership between Alec Stewart and last man Andy Caddick. Australia were on the back foot in their innings, with three wickets down and still considerably in arrears, but they recovered to compile a 270 run lead, on the back of Gilchrist's counter-attacking and hundreds for Steve Waugh and Damien Martyn. England subsided in their second innings from 142-2 to be all out for just 164 runs.

2nd Test

19–22 July
Scorecard
v
187 (63.3 overs)
MA Atherton 37 (92)
GD McGrath 5/54 [24]
401 (101.1 overs)
ME Waugh 108 (170)
AR Caddick 5/101 [32.1]
227 (66 overs)
MA Butcher 83 (159)
JN Gillespie 5/53 [16]
14/2 (3.1 overs)
ML Hayden 6* (8)
D Gough 1/5 [2]
Australia won by 8 wickets
Lord's, London
Umpires: SA Bucknor (WI) and JW Holder (Eng)
Player of the match: GD McGrath (Aus)

3rd Test

2–6 August
Scorecard
v
185 (52.5 overs)
ME Trescothick 69 (93)
GD McGrath 5/49 [18]
190 (54.5 overs)
AC Gilchrist 54 (59)
AJ Tudor 5/44 [15.5]
162 (57 overs)
MA Atherton 51 (104)
SK Warne 6/33 [18]
158/3 (29.2 overs)
ME Waugh 42* (45)
RDB Croft 1/8 [1]
Australia won by 7 wickets
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Umpires: JH Hampshire (Eng) and S Venkataraghavan (Ind)
Player of the match: SK Warne (Aus)

Australia retained the Ashes with a seven-wicket victory over England in the third Test at Trent Bridge. England won the toss and chose to bat first. England needed to win the game to give them an outside chance of winning the Ashes. But instead England were skittled for 185 all out, despite Trescothick's 69 and Stewart's 46. Glenn Mcgrath picked up 5 for 49. But Australia fared little better on a tricky pitch. Despite a good start from Michael Slater and Matthew Hayden Australia collapsed to 8-122. However, Adam Gilchrist blasted 10 fours and made 54, along with Gillespie who was stubborn for his 27. In spite of this they still succumbed to 190 all out, with Alex Tudor taking 5 for 44. England needed to take advantage and they did with Trescothick 32 and Atherton 51 but not for the first time in the series England collapsed as Shane Warne tore England apart with fine bowling taking 6 for 33. Jason Gillespie was also useful taking three lower order wickets. England were all out for 162 and set Australia a mediocre score of 158 which they achieved with ease in 30 overs despite losing three wickets and Steve Waugh to injury. Australia's Matthew Hayden and Mark Waugh made knocks of 42 each, getting them close to the target with Damien Martyn hitting the winning runs. The Ashes were retained by Australia in 3 very comfortable matches. Shane Warne got man of the match for his 8 wickets.

4th Test

16–20 August
Scorecard
v
447 (100.1 overs)
RT Ponting 144 (154)
D Gough 5/103 [25.1]
309 (94.2 overs)
AJ Stewart 76* (83)
GD McGrath 7/76 [30.2]
176/4d (39.3 overs)
RT Ponting 72 (72)
D Gough 2/68 [17]
315/4 (73.2 overs)
MA Butcher 173* (227)
JN Gillespie 2/94 [22]
England won by 6 wickets
Headingley, Leeds
Umpires: DR Shepherd (Eng) and S Venkataraghavan (Ind)
Player of the match: MA Butcher (Eng)

5th Test

23–27 August
Scorecard
v
641/4d (152 overs)
SR Waugh 157* (256)
U Afzaal 1/49 [9]
432 (118.2 overs)
MR Ramprakash 133 (232)
SK Warne 7/165 [44.2]
184 (68.3 overs)
D Gough 39* (57)
GD McGrath 5/43 [15.3]
Australia won by an innings and 25 runs
The Oval, London
Umpires: RE Koertzen (SA) and P Willey (Eng)
Player of the match: SK Warne (Aus)

References

  1. ^ "Records / Australia tour of England and Ireland, Jun-Aug 2001 / All matches / Match results". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Aussies' Irish visit ends in damp anticlimax". Cricinfo. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 

External sources

  • Tour results at Cricinfo.com
  • CricketArchive – tour itineraries

Annual reviews

References

Preceded by:

1998-99 in Australia

Ashes series

Australian cricket team in England and Ireland in 2001

Followed by:

2002-03 in Australia

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