Test 902 – England v. Australia at Nottingham, June 18th-21st 1981
Australia won by 4 wickets
The Ashes is a drama
With as many acts as games,
It makes heroes out of cricketers,
And giants out of names.
At Trent Bridge back in 81,
The giants shrunk a little,
Too much time finding what went wrong,
Too little in the middle.
And England were not blown away,
Nor Botham’s captaincy,
Australia just wore them down,
With grim efficiency.
The pressure was in Botham’s head,
And writ large in his play,
As catches spilled on to the turf,
On first and second day.
It was hardly a test to remember,
A green top made treacherous batting,
Only Allan Border looked comfortable,
And to a lesser extent so did Gatting.
But Australia won, as Australia do,
They never let up on a chance,
With Botham on trial and England in pieces,
The drama, at 1-0, advanced.