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The lowest Ashes scores posted in England in recent memory

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The lowest Ashes scores posted in England in recent memory | The lowest scores in Ashes Test matches in England in recent memory

2023 will see the oldest rivalry in all of cricket return as Australia travel to England to contest the Ashes series. The most recent series took place down under and ended with a resounding 4-0 victory for the hosts. Australia will be looking to retain the urn on foreign soil for the second consecutive time; something they haven’t achieved since the turn of the millennium when the likes of Shane Warne and Glen McGrath were at their peak.

But since former New Zealand wicketkeeper batsman Brendon McCullum took over as England’s head coach last summer, his side have gone from strength to strength. His captain, Ben Stokes, is leading brilliantly, and the duo are aiming to bring cricketing glory back to England.

Since the new coach/captain pairing was formed, the English are yet to lose a Test series, and they will be hoping their form continues this summer. Yet, heading into the illustrious series, the betting odds can’t separate the two sides. Sportsbook Bovada, which provides sports betting and offers, make England the slightest of favorites to regain the urn. But if they are to do that, they will have to fight tooth and nail.

When Australia hosts the Ashes, they tend to dominate. England haven’t won a series down under in over a decade, and the aggregate score since they last won a Test in Australia is 13-0. But when the series takes place on English soil, the series tend to be tightly contested.

Also, the dreary weather in the UK can cause swing bowlers to have an absolute field day, resulting in some paltry scores posted. Here are the two lowest totals posted in an English Ashes Series since 2005.

Broad’s Trent Bridge Masterclass

The 2015 Ashes Series was on a knife-edge as we headed into the fourth Test at Trent Bridge. England held a slender 2-1 lead however, Australia had flexed their muscles in recent Tests and managed to pick up a whopping 405-run victory in the second Test at Lord’s. England knew, however, that victory in Nottingham would rip the Ashes away from their biggest rivals.

On the first morning of the first Test, the clouds formed over Trent Bridge, and whoever won the Test knew that opting to field could result in a healthy first innings lead. Luckily for the hosts, it was they who won the toss, and captain Joe Root happily elected to field. Openers Chris Rogers and David Warner came to the crease knowing that they were in for a tough time, however, they couldn’t have known just how tough things were about to be.

Rogers was duly dismissed after just three balls, and three balls later danger man Steve Smith was removed, both victims of the brilliant Stuart Broad. On the second ball of his spell, Mark Wood dismissed Warner, and England had the tourists reeling at 10/3 after just eight balls. Brilliant Broad could smell blood, and he sprung into action.

The lowest Ashes scores posted in England in recent memory | The lowest scores in Ashes Test matches in England in recent memory
Broad went on a rampage in the 2015 Ashes

Shaun Marsh was the next to depart, caught at slip by Ian Bell after another wicked delivery. Then it was the turn of the hapless Adam Voges who nicked another stunning delivery by Broad to Ben Stokes at slip. The current England captain flew to his right and took a stunning catch to leave Australia at 21/5.

Captain Michael Clarke would survive just 15 balls before Broad removed him, then Steven Finn picked up his first and only wicket when he clean bowled wicketkeeper Peter Nevill for just 2 runs. Australia were now 33/7 and in real trouble of being humiliated. Mitchell Johnson managed to hit a quickfire 13 – the best score of any Australian batsman – however both he and Mitchell Starc were removed within three balls of each other, once again by Stuart Broad.

Tailenders Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon managed to post 13 runs between them before Broad had Lyon caught behind leaving Australia all out for a measly 60 runs. Broad ended the session with career-best figures of eight wickets for just 15 runs and England eventually romped to victory by an innings and 78 runs.

Stokes Rescues England From the Brink

The lowest Ashes scores posted in England in recent memory | The lowest scores in Ashes Test matches in England in recent memory

Just as was the case four years prior, the 2019 Ashes Series was also on knife edge as we headed into the third Test. Australia led 1-0 prior to the showdown at Headingley and they knew that if they managed to win this Test, they would retain the Ashes on English soil for the first time since 2001. They couldn’t have wished for a better start when they had England bowled all out for 67 on the opening day.

This time around, England once again won the toss and once again elected to field. They had Australia bowled all out for 179 and were feeling quietly confident of victory. But on the evening of the first day, everything that could go wrong did go wrong.

Australia’s brilliant bowling attack of Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, and James Pattinson was in devastating form. Openers Rory Burns and Jason Roy managed to survive until the fourth over, but once Cummins had the aforementioned Roy caught behind, the wheels began to come off for England. Captain Joe Root was gone for a second ball duck off the bowling of Hazlewood, and the Aussies began to fire.

Burns, Stokes, Joe Denly, and Jonny Bairstow would all fall in quick succession. England’s tail end did their best to survive the onslaught however, the dangerous Jos Buttler was removed and the writing was on the wall. Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, and Jack Leach were all sent packing and the hosts finished 67 all out.

Thanks to the brilliance of Ben Stokes on day four, who smashed an unbeaten 135, England somehow managed to pick up the victory and keep the series alive.

Charbel Coorey
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Charbel is the owner & founder of cricblog.net, based in Sydney, Australia. He started the website to fulfill his love for the game of cricket. Charbel has been featured on other publications including OP India, Times of India, and The Roar, among others. He is also a keen fantasy sports player. Charbel has also had the privilege of interviewing cricketers on the CricBlog TV YouTube channel, including James Neesham, Rassie van der Dussen, Andrew Tye, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat and Saurabh Netravalkar: https://www.youtube.com/@cricblogtv For any story tips or questions, you can contact Charbel at charbelcoorey@cricblog.net.

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