Australian cricket team in England in 2009
Flag of England
Flag of Australia
Dates 1 June – 20 September 2009
Captains Andrew Strauss
Paul Collingwood (Twenty20)
Ricky Ponting
Michael Clarke (Twenty20)
Test series
Result England won the 5-match series 2–1
Most runs Andrew Strauss (474) Michael Clarke (448)
Most wickets Stuart Broad (18) Ben Hilfenhaus (22)
Player of the series Andrew Strauss (Eng) and Michael Clarke (Aus)
One Day International series
Result Australia won the 7-match series 6–1
Most runs Andrew Strauss (267) Cameron White (260)
Most wickets Graeme Swann (9) Brett Lee (12)
Player of the series Cameron White (Aus)
Twenty20 International series
Result 2-match series drawn 0–0
Most runs Ravi Bopara (1) Cameron White (55)
Most wickets Paul Collingwood (2) Mitchell Johnson (1)

The Australia national cricket team toured Great Britain to play a series of cricket matches during the 2009 English cricket season. The team played five Test matches – one in Wales – seven one-day internationals and two Twenty20 internationals against England. The Australians also played four other first-class matches in England against the England Lions and two county sides. In addition, Australia took part in the 2009 ICC World Twenty20, but were eliminated at the first round after defeats to the West Indies and Sri Lanka.

The series of five Test matches between England and Australia was for The Ashes and, for the first time, a Test match was held in Wales' capital, Cardiff. Australia was the holder of The Ashes trophy, having won the 2006-07 series 5–0. England won the last series to be held in England in 2005, and subsequently won the 2009 Ashes 2–1. The Twenty20 International series was drawn 0–0 as bad weather meant that neither match produced a result.


Test squads
Australia England
Ricky Ponting (c) Andrew Strauss (c)
Michael Clarke James Anderson
Stuart Clark Ian Bell
Brad Haddin (wk) Ravi Bopara
Nathan Hauritz Stuart Broad
Ben Hilfenhaus Paul Collingwood
Phillip Hughes Alastair Cook
Michael Hussey Andrew Flintoff
Mitchell Johnson Steve Harmison
Simon Katich Graham Onions
Brett Lee Monty Panesar
Graham Manou (wk) Kevin Pietersen
Andrew McDonald Matt Prior (wk)
Marcus North Ryan Sidebottom
Peter Siddle Graeme Swann
Shane Watson Jonathan Trott
Twenty20 International squads
Australia England
Michael Clarke (c) Paul Collingwood (c)
Callum Ferguson James Anderson
Brad Haddin (wk) Ravi Bopara
Nathan Hauritz Tim Bresnan
Ben Hilfenhaus Stuart Broad
David Hussey Joe Denly
Mitchell Johnson Andrew Flintoff
Brett Lee Eoin Morgan
Dirk Nannes Matt Prior (wk)
Adam Voges Adil Rashid
David Warner Owais Shah
Shane Watson Ryan Sidebottom
Cameron White Graeme Swann
Jonathan Trott
Luke Wright
One Day International squads
Australia England
Ricky Ponting (c) Andrew Strauss (c)
Nathan Bracken James Anderson
Michael Clarke Ravi Bopara
Callum Ferguson Tim Bresnan
Brad Haddin (wk) Stuart Broad
Nathan Hauritz Paul Collingwood
Ben Hilfenhaus Joe Denly
James Hopes Andrew Flintoff
Michael Hussey Eoin Morgan
Mitchell Johnson Matt Prior (wk)
Brett Lee Adil Rashid
Tim Paine (wk) Owais Shah
Peter Siddle Ryan Sidebottom
Shane Watson Graeme Swann
Cameron White Luke Wright


First class matches

Tour matches

Australians v Sussex
24 – 27 June
Flag of Australia Australia
349/7d (90 overs)
v Sussex
311 (80.2 overs)
Match drawn
County Cricket Ground, Hove
Umpires: SJ Malone (Eng) and G Sharp (Eng)
BJ Haddin 69 (119)
PSE Sandri 3/73 [13]
CD Nash 45 (102)
SR Clark 3/46 [15]
379/7d (95.1 overs) 373/7 (89 overs)
PJ Hughes 78 (127)
OP Rayner 2/68 [30]
CD Hopkinson 115 (138)
BW Hilfenhaus 2/70 [11]

The match was notable for the success of Pepler Sandri, a South African-born fast bowler of Italian ancestry, who took three key wickets on the first day.

Needing 418 in their final innings to win, the Sussex batsmen came within 37 runs of this total before time was called with three wickets remaining. Carl Hopkinson was the highest scorer, achieving 115 runs from 172 deliveries.

Australians v England Lions
1 – 4 July
Flag of Australia Australia
358 (96.4 overs)
v Flag of England England England Lions
352 (96 overs)
Match drawn
New Road, Worcester
Umpires: JH Evans (Eng) and JW Lloyds (Eng)
Player of the match: B Lee (Aus)
MEK Hussey 150 (234)
SJ Harmison 4/80 [25]
SC Moore 120 (176)
B Lee 6/76 [27]
438/4d (103 overs) 162/4 (47.2 overs)
MJ North 191 (281)
SJ Harmison 2/55 [17]
JL Denly 36 (42)
MG Johnson 2/48 [9]

Brett Lee sustained a rib injury during the preparatory match against the England Lions which prevented him from playing any part in the Test series.

Australians v Northamptonshire
24 – 26 July
Flag of Australia Australia
308/8d (79 overs)
v Northamptonshire
226/7d (49.3 overs)
Australia won by 135 runs
County Cricket Ground, Northampton
Umpires: MJD Bodenham and MA Eggleston (Eng)
SR Watson 84 (96)
DS Lucas 2/44 [15]
AG Wakely 62 (76)
PM Siddle 3/53 [9.3]
270/3d (53 overs) 217 (64.1 overs)
AB McDonald 75 (85)
GG White 1/49 [11]
NJ O'Brien 58 (56)
AB McDonald 4/15 [11]
Australians v England Lions
15 – 16 August
Flag of Australia Australia
340/9d (81 overs)
v Flag of England England England Lions
237 (80.4 overs)
Australia won by 103 runs
St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury
Umpires: SC Gale and SA Garratt
SR Watson 95 (85)
G Keedy 3/70 [19]
JWM Dalrymple 58 (122)
B Lee 3/37 [16]
  • The Australians were originally to play Kent on the same ground, but could not following Kent's qualification for Finals Day (15 August) of the 2009 Twenty20 Cup.

The Ashes

Main article: 2009 Ashes series

The 2009 Ashes series was held from 8 July to 23 August 2009 at five grounds in England and Wales. The first Test, held at the SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff – itself hosting its first ever Test match – finished in a draw, while the second Test at London's Lord's Cricket Ground resulted in a 115-run victory for England after they had bowled Australia out for 215 in their first innings. Andrew Flintoff, who had announced his impending retirement from Test cricket prior to the Lord's Test, took five wickets in the second innings to secure the victory.

The rain-affected third Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham also finished in a draw, but a batting collapse brought about by immaculate bowling in the fourth Test at Headingley in Leeds meant that England were dismissed for 102 and ended up losing by an innings and 80 runs. That result took the series to a final, deciding Test at The Oval back in London.

England reached 332 all out in their first innings, and then skittled the Australians for 160 on the second day, with Stuart Broad taking five wickets. A total of 373/9 declared, including a maiden Test century from Jonathan Trott, meant that Australia were set a target of 546 runs with two days left to play. All ten wickets came on the fourth day of the match, and despite a knock of 121 for Michael Hussey, Australia's response of 348 meant that they fell 197 runs short and England won the series 2–1.

Limited overs matches

After the Test series, Australia played one One Day International against Scotland before embarking on a two-match Twenty20 International series and a seven-match One Day International series against England. They won the match against Scotland by 189 runs, but the Twenty20 series against England was drawn 0–0 as both matches were affected by rain and produced no results. The ODI series is scheduled to begin on 4 September 2009.

Scotland v Australia

Main article: Australian cricket team in Scotland in 2009
28 August 2009
Flag of Australia Australia
345 (50 overs)
v Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland
156 (39.3 overs)
Australia won by 189 runs
The Grange, Edinburgh
Umpires: AL Hill (NZ) and IN Ramage (Sco)
Player of the match: DJ Hussey (Aus)
DJ Hussey 111 (83)
G Goudie 5/73 [10]
GM Hamilton 38 (50)
SR Watson 3/29 [6]

Australia began their series of One Day International and Twenty20 International matches with a warm-up match against Scotland. Scotland won the toss, but chose to field, a decision that Australia made them regret with a total of 345 all out off their 50 overs. Opener Shane Watson and middle-order batsman Adam Voges both made half-centuries, but the total was bolstered by David Hussey's 111 runs off 83 balls, an innings that included five sixes. Scotland's Gordon Goudie took five wickets, only the second Scottish player to manage such a feat in One Day Internationals. Scotland responded by posting 51 runs for their first wicket within 10 overs, but they lost another three wickets before reaching their ton. They were eventually bowled out for 156 in 39.3 overs, with Gavin Hamilton top-scoring with 38 off 50 balls, meaning that Australia won by 189 runs.

Twenty20 series

30 August
Flag of Australia Australia
145/4 (20 overs)
v Flag of England England
4/2 (1.1 overs)
No result
Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester
Umpires: IJ Gould and RA Kettleborough
CL White 55 (36)
PD Collingwood 2/20 [4]
RS Bopara 1 (3)
MG Johnson 1/1 [0.1]
  • Rain delayed England innings by 45 minutes to 16:55, then forced abandonment of match in second over.

The Twenty20 International series began on 30 August 2009 at Old Trafford, Manchester. England won the toss and captain Paul Collingwood chose to field first. The Australian first wicket lasted until the sixth over, when Shane Watson was caught by Ravi Bopara off Stuart Broad. David Warner was then trapped LBW by Paul Collingwood for 33 runs in the ninth over, and David Hussey lasted just two balls before being stumped by Matt Prior for a duck, again off Collingwood's bowling. However, Australia added 78 runs for their fourth wicket, Cameron White totalling 55 runs – including three sixes – before being caught by Collingwood off Broad. This left them at 132/4, with 11 balls left, in which Adam Voges scored 11 to take the tourists to 145/4 at the end of their 20 overs. As the England openers came to the crease, Bopara got off strike with the second ball, leaving T20I debutant Joe Denly to face Brett Lee. The Australian bowler pitched the ball short, and Denly managed to get his bat to it, only to top-edge to Nathan Hauritz at short square leg for a debut golden duck. Bopara himself was out with his next ball, the first of the second over, but rain called a halt to proceedings at that point, and England were saved from a looming defeat.

1 September
Flag of England England
v Flag of Australia Australia
Match abandoned without a ball bowled
Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester
Umpires: PJ Hartley and NJ Llong

Heavy rain prevented the start of the second T20I, with the umpires inspecting the pitch twice before deciding to abandon the match. Although the majority of the field was suitable for play, a small patch of turf at the Brian Statham End where the bowlers would have made their run-ups remained soft under foot, and the umpires and the captains made the determination that it would have been unsafe for play to commence.

NatWest series

4 September
Flag of Australia Australia
260/5 (50 overs)
v Flag of England England
256/8 (50 overs)
Australia won by 4 runs
The Oval, London
Umpires: AL Hill (NZ) and NJ Llong (Eng)
Player of the match: CJ Ferguson (Aus)
CJ Ferguson 71* (75)
PD Collingwood 2/47 [9]
RS Bopara 49 (88)
MG Johnson 3/24 [7]

The England's captain, Andrew Strauss, won the toss and elected to field first. In the first innings Australia scored 260 for 5, Cameron White and Callum Ferguson scored half centuries, the highest score for both. In the second innings Strauss fell soon with only 12 runs, but Ravi Bopara scored 49 runs. In the 9th wicket Ryan Sidebottom and Adil Rashid scored 27 runs in 14 balls, but they need 32 for the victory.

6 September
Flag of Australia Australia
249/8 (50 overs)
v Flag of England England
210 (46.1 overs)
Australia won by 39 runs
Lord's Cricket Ground, London
Umpires: IJ Gould (Eng) and AL Hill (NZ)
Player of the match: MG Johnson (Aus)
CJ Ferguson 55 (58)
GP Swann 2/31 [8]
PD Collingwood 56 (84)
B Lee 2/22 [8.1]

England won the toss, and Andrew Strauss chose to field. Callum Ferguson again scored a half century. Australia closed the innings with 249 for 8. In the second innings England opened with 74 runs in the first wicket (Ravi Bopara 27 and Andrew Strauss 44), but the next 9 wickets only scored 136 runs, and finally England lose the game but 39 runs. Paul Collingwood reached 4,000 runs in ODI (5th Englishman), and scored his 22nd Half century.

9 September
Flag of England England
228/9 (50 overs)
v Flag of Australia Australia
230/4 (48.3 overs)
Australia won by 6 wickets
Rose Bowl, Southampton
Umpires: PJ Hartley (Eng) and AL Hill (NZ)
Player of the match: CL White (Aus)
AJ Strauss 63 (72)
SR Watson 3/36 [8]
CL White 105 (124)
LJ Wright 1/16 [7]

Andrew Strauss won the toss for third time in the series, and elected to bat. Strauss scored 63 runs, his 17th half century, England scored 229 for 9. Cameron White scored his first century, and Michael Clarke his 36th half century. Both scored 143 runs in the 3rd wicket (Clarke 52 runs and White 86 runs), Clarke was bowled by Graeme Swann. Finally Australia reached the target with 6 wickets and 9 balls remaining.

12 September
Flag of England England
220 (46.3 overs)
v Flag of Australia Australia
221/3 (43.4 overs)
Australia won by 7 wickets
Lord's Cricket Ground, London
Umpires: Asad Rauf (Pak) and NJ Llong (Eng)
Player of the match: B Lee (Aus)
AJ Strauss 63 (75)
B Lee 5/49 [9]
MJ Clarke 62* (81)
TT Bresnan 2/41 [8]

Ricky Ponting returned as Australian captain. Strauss won for fourth time the toss, and chose bat. Andrew Strauss opened with 63 runs, his 18th half century. Brett Lee took 5 wickets by 9th time in his career. England scored 220 in 46.3 overs. In the second innings Tim Paine scored his first half century, and Michael Clarke his 37th. Australia reached the target with only 3 wickets, and won the series.

15 September
Flag of England England
299 (50 overs)
v Flag of Australia Australia
302/6 (48.2 overs)
Australia won by 4 wickets
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Umpires: Asad Rauf (Pak) and RA Kettleborough (Eng)
Player of the match: RT Ponting (Aus)
EJG Morgan 58 (41)
NM Hauritz 2/54 [10]
RT Ponting 126 (109)
SCJ Broad 2/57 [9]

England won the toss, and Strauss elected bat. England open with Strauss (35) and Denly (45), but Eoin Morgan scored 58 runs, making his 6th half century. England finally scored 299. In the Second innings the openers Watson (36) and Paine (16) fell soon in the match (9th and 15th over), but Ricky Ponting scored his highest score vs England 126 runs of 151 balls (27th century), and Michael Clarke scored 52 runs (38th half century). Mitchell Johnson scored a six for the victory with 10 balls remaining.

17 September
Flag of Australia Australia
296/8 (50 overs)
v Flag of England England
185 (41 overs)
Australia won by 111 runs
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Umpires: Asad Rauf (Pak) and NJ Llong (Eng)
Player of the match: TD Paine (Aus)
TD Paine 111 (148)
JM Anderson 4/55 [10]
TT Bresnan 31* (38)
JR Hopes 3/32 [9]

20 September
Flag of Australia Australia
176 (45.5 overs)
v Flag of England England
177/6 (40 overs)
England won by 4 wickets
Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street
Umpires: Asad Rauf (Pak) and NJ Llong (Eng)
Player of the match: GP Swann (Eng)
RT Ponting 53 (67)
GP Swann 5/28 [10]
JL Denly 53 (78)
SR Watson 1/12 [5]

Media coverage

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