Former Australia spinner Peter Taylor has urged Michael Beer to use his mystery status to his advantage in the third Ashes Test.
Taylor was greeted with headlines of ‘Peter Who’ after he was plucked from the New South Wales side after just four first-class games and thrown into the national team for the final Test of the 1986/87 Ashes series.
He responded with a man-of-the-match performance, claming eight wickets and scoring 42 to help Australia to a face-saving win after Mike Gatting had led the tourists to an Ashes series victory, the last time England triumphed on Australian soil.
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Action from the 3rd test of the 1986/1987 Ashes series from the Adelaide Oval
Match report: A draw from the start
With its batsmen out of sorts, no established opening pair and some poor performances in the warm-up matches, few gave England much chance after Allan Border won the toss and elected to bowl on a greenish wicket. But Australia’s attack was young and wayward, and despite removing Chris Broad early they struggled to find a consistent line against the patient Athey (76) the aggressive Gatting (61) and the stylish Gower (51). At 4/198 the Englishmen could still have been rolled for a moderate tally, but the spectre of Ian Botham proved too much for the inexperienced Australian seamers. Botham belted 138, including 13 fours and four huge sixes, 22 coming from one Merv Hughes over. England’s final total of 456 was hefty and while Hughes, debutante Chris Matthews and medium pacer Steve Waugh all picked up three wickets, they came at considerable cost.
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England begin their bid to defend the Ashes and secure a first series victory in Australia for 24 years at the Brisbane Cricket Ground on Thursday.
Their last victory at the Gabba was in 1986 when Mike Gatting led England to a seven-wicket win in a 2-1 series win.
“We’re all just very keen to get amongst it now,” said England captain Andrew Strauss.
The tourists have no injury concerns, while Aussie batsman Michael Clarke has been passed fit to play.
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Stuart Broad knows England’s players can expect a hostile reception in Australia – but insists it won’t affect their form on the pitch.
England will be aiming to retain the miniature urn but haven’t won a series on Australian soil since Mike Gatting‘sside were successful on the 1986-87 tour.
Broad is on his first Ashes trip and has been warned by former players over what to expect from the home crowds.
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