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Ray Illingworth captained the English cricket team in Australia in 1970–71, playing as England in the 1970-71 Ashes series against the Australians and as the MCC in their other matches on the tour. They had a successful tour, but an acrimonious one as Illingworth's team often argued with their own management and the Australian umpires. When they arrived the Australian selector Neil Harvey called them "rubbish". and others labelled them "Dad's Army" because of the seniority of the players, whose average age was over 30, but these experienced veterans beat the younger Australian team. They are the only touring team to play a full Test series in Australia without defeat.

Touring Team

Test Statistics of England Team in 1970-71
Name County Age Role Tests Runs Highest Average 100s 50s Ct St Wickets Best Average 5 Wt 10 Wt
D.G Clark Kent 51 Manager
B.W. Thomas Warwickshire Assistant Manager and Physiotherapist
G.C.A. Saulez Scorer and Baggageman
J.H. Edrich Surrey 33 Left-Handed Opening Batsman 77 5138 310* 43.54 12 24 43 0/6
G. Boycott Yorkshire 30 Right-Handed Opening Batsman 108 8114 246* 47.72 22 42 33 7 3/47 54.57
B.W. Luckhurst Kent 31 Right-Handed Opening Batsman 21 1298 131 36.05 4 5 14 1 1/9 32.00
M.C. Cowdrey (vc) Kent 37 Right-Handed Top Order Batsman 114 7624 182 44.06 22 38 120
K.W.R. Fletcher Essex 26 Right-Handed Top Order Batsman 59 3272 216 39.90 7 19 54 2 1/6 96.50
J.H. Hampshire Yorkshire 29 Right-Handed Top Order Batsman 8 403 107 26.86 1 2 9
B.L. d'Oliveira Worcs 39 Right-Handed Top Order Batsman 44 2484 158 40.06 5 15 29 47 3/46 39.55
A.P.E. Knott Kent 24 Wicket Keeper 95 4389 135 32.75 5 30 250 19
R.W. Taylor Derbyshire 29 Wicket Keeper 57 1156 97 16.28 3 167 7 0/6
A. Ward Derbyshire 23 Right-Arm Fast Bowler 5 40 21 8.00 3 14 4/61 32.35
K. Shuttleworth Lancashire 26 Right-Arm Fast Bowler 5 46 21 7.66 1 12 5/47 35.58 1
R.G.D. Willis Surrey 21 Right-Arm Fast Bowler 90 840 28* 11.50 39 325 8/43 25.20 16
P. Lever Lancashire 30 Right-Arm Fast-Medium Bowler 17 350 88* 21.87 2 11 41 6/38 36.80 2
J.A. Snow Sussex 29 Right-Arm Fast-Medium Bowler 49 772 73 13.54 2 16 202 7/40 26.66 8 1
D.L. Underwood Kent 25 Slow Left Arm Bowler 86 937 45* 11.56 44 297 8/51 25.83 17 6
D. Wilson Yorkshire 33 Slow Left Arm Bowler 6 75 42 12.50 1 11 2/17 42.36
R. Illingworth (c) Leics 38 Off-Spin Bowler 61 1836 113 23.24 2 5 45 122 6/29 31.20 3

First Test - Brisbane

27th November–2nd December, 1970
scorecard
Flag of Australia Australia
433
v Flag of England England
464
Match Drawn
Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Australia
Umpires: T.F. Brooks (AUS) & L.P. Rowan (AUS)
K.R. Stackpole 207
K.D. Walters 112
I.M. Chappell 59
J.A. Snow 6/114
D.L. Underwood 3/101
A.P.E. Knott (wk) 3 Ct
J.A. Edrich 79
B.W. Luckhurst 74
A.P.E. Knott (wk) 73
B.L. d'Oliveira 57
K.D.Walters 3/12
R.W. Marsh (wk) 4 Ct
214 39/1
W.M. Lawry (c) 84
K. Shuttleworth 5/47

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Second Test - Perth

11th–16th December, 1970
scorecard
Flag of England England
397
v Flag of Australia Australia
440
Match Drawn
Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth, Australia
Umpires: T.F. Brooks (AUS) & L.P. Rowan (AUS)
B.W. Luckhurst 131
G. Boycott 70
G.D. McKenzie 4/66
I.R. Redpath 171
G.S. Chappell 108
I.M. Chappell 50
J.A. Snow 4/143
A.P.E. Knott (wk) 3 Ct
287/6 (dec) 100/3
J.A. Edrich 115*
G. Boycott 50
J.W. Gleeson 3/68
R.W. Marsh (wk) 2 Ct & 1 St
W.M. Lawry (c) 38*
J.A. Snow 2/17

See Main Article - 1970-71 Ashes series

Third Test - Melbourne

31 December 1970–5 January 1971
scorecard
Flag of England England v Flag of Australia Australia Match Abandoned
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia
Umpires: T.F. Brooks (AUS) & L.P. Rowan (AUS)
  • 31 December 1970–4 January 1971

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First One Day International - Melbourne

5th January, 1971
scorecard
Flag of England England
190
v Flag of Australia Australia
191/5
Flag of Australia Australia won by 5 wickets
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia
Umpires: T.F. Brooks (AUS) & L.P. Rowan (AUS)
Player of the match: J.H. Edrich
J.D. Edrich 82
A.A. Mallett 3/34
K.R. Stackpole 3/40
I.M. Chappell (vc) 60
K.D. Walters 41
R. Illingworth (c) 3/50
A.P.E. Knott (wk) 2 Ct & 1 St

See Main Article - 1970-71 Ashes series

Fourth Test - Sydney

9th–14th January, 1971
scorecard
Flag of England England
332
v Flag of Australia Australia
236
Flag of England England won by 299 runs
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia
Umpires: T.F. Brooks (AUS) & L.P. Rowan (AUS)
G. Boycott 77
J.D. Edrich 55
A.A. Mallett 4/40
J.W. Gleeson 4/83
I.R. Redpath 64
K.D. Walters 55
D.L. Underwood 4/66
319/5 (dec) 116
G. Boycott 142*
B.L. d'Oliveira 56
R. Illingworth (c) 53
A.A. Mallett 2/85
W.M. Lawry (c) 60*
J.A. Snow 7/40
A.P.E. Knott (wk) 3 Ct

See Main Article - 1970-71 Ashes series

Fifth Test - Melbourne

21st–26th January, 1971
scorecard
Flag of Australia Australia
493
v Flag of England England
392
Match Drawn
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia
Umpires: M.G. O'Connell (AUS) & L.P. Rowan (AUS)
I.M. Chappell 111
R.W. Marsh (wk) 92 *
I.R. Redpath 72
B.M. Lawry (c) 56
K.D. Walters 55
R.G.D. Willis 3/73
B.L. d'Oliveira 117
B.W. Luckhurst 109
J.W. Gleeson 3/60
A.L. Thomson 3/110
169/4 (dec) 161/0
W.M. Lawry (c) 42
J.A. Snow 2/21
G. Boycott 76*
J.H. Edrich 74*

See Main Article - 1970-71 Ashes series

Sixth Test - Adelaide

29th January–3rd February, 1971
scorecard
Flag of England England
470
v Flag of Australia Australia
235
Match Drawn
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia
Umpires: T.F. Brooks (AUS) & M.G. O'Connell (AUS)
J.H. Edrich 130
K.W.R. Fletcher 80
G. Boycott 58
J.H. Hampshire 55
D.K. Lillee 5/84
K.R. Stackpole 87
P. Lever 4/49
A.P.E. Knott (wk) 4 Ct
233/4 (dec) 328/3
G. Boycott 119*
R. Illingworth (c) 48*
J.H. Edrich 40
A.L. Thomson 3/79
K.R. Stackpole 136
I.M. Chappell 104

See Main Article - 1970-71 Ashes series

Seventh Test - Sydney

12th–17th February, 1971
scorecard
Flag of England England
184
v Flag of Australia Australia
264
Flag of England England win by 62 runs
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia
Umpires: T.F. Brooks (AUS) & L.P. Rowan (AUS)
R. Illingworth (c) 42
T.J. Jenner 3/42
J.K. O'Keeffe 3/48
G.S. Chappell 65
I.R. Redpath 59
P. Lever 3/43
A.P.E. Knott (wk) 3 Ct & 1 St
302 160
B.W. Luckhurst 59
J.D. Edrich 57
A.R. Dell 3/65
K.J. O'Keeffe 3/96
I.M. Chappell 3 Ct
Keith Stackpole 67
R. Illingworth (c) 3/39

See Main Article - 1970-71 Ashes series

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