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Mike Denness captained the English cricket team in Australia in 1974–75, playing as England in the 1974-75 Ashes series against the Australians and as the MCC in their other matches on the tour. The lost the Test series and the Ashes 4-1 thanks to the battering they received from the fast bowling of Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson, but won the One Day International and with Lillee and Thomson injured they came back to win the Sixth Test by an innings.

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
A.V. Bedser Surrey 56 Manager 51 714 79 12.75 1 26 236 7/44 24.89 15 5
A.C. Smith Warwickshire 39 Assistant-manager 6 118 69* 29.50 1 20
B. Thomas Warwickshire Physiotherapist
J.H. Edrich (vc) Surrey 37 Left-Handed Opening Batsman 77 5138 310* 43.54 12 24 43 0/6
D. Lloyd Lancashire 27 Left-Handed Opening Batsman 9 552 214* 42.46 1 11 0/4
D.L. Amiss Warwickshire 31 Right-Handed Opening Batsman 50 3612 262* 46.30 11 11 24
B.W. Luckhurst Kent 35 Right-Handed Opening Batsman 21 1298 131 36.05 4 5 14 1 1/9 32.00
M.C. Cowdrey Kent 41 Right-Handed Top Order Batsman 114 7624 182 44.06 22 38 120
M.H. Denness (c) Kent 33 Right-Handed Top Order Batsman 28 1667 188 39.69 3 7 28
K.W.R. Fletcher Essex 30 Right-Handed Top Order Batsman 59 3272 216 39.90 7 19 54 2 1/6 96.50
A.P.E. Knott Kent 28 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
R.G.D. Willis Warwickshire 21 Right-Arm Fast Bowler 90 840 28* 11.50 39 325 8/43 25.20 16
G.G. Arnold Surrey 30 Right-Arm Fast-Medium Bowler 34 421 59 12.02 1 9 115 6/45 28.29 6
M. Hendrick Derbyshire 26 Right-Arm Fast-Medium Bowler 30 128 15 6.40 25 87 4/28 25.83
P. Lever Lancashire 34 Right-Arm Fast-Medium Bowler 17 350 88* 21.87 2 11 41 6/38 36.80 2
C.M. Old Yorkshire 25 Right-Arm Fast-Medium Bowler 46 845 65 14.82 2 22 143 7/50 28.11 4
A.W. Greig Sussex 28 Right-Arm Medium Bowler
Off-Spin Bowler
58 3599 148 40.43 8 20 87 141 8/86 32.20 6 2
F.J. Titmus Middlesex 53 Off-Spin Bowler 53 1449 85* 22.29 10 35 153 7/79 32.22 7
D.L. Underwood Kent 25 Slow Left Arm Bowler 86 937 45* 11.56 44 297 8/51 25.83 17 6

First Test – Brisbane

29 November–4 December 1974
scorecard
Flag of Australia Australia
309
v Flag of England England
265
Flag of Australia Australia won by 166 runs
Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Australia
Umpires: R.C. Bailhache (AUS) & T.F. Brooks (AUS)
I.M. Chappell (c) 90
G.S. Chappell (vc) 58
R.G.D. Willis 4/56
A.W. Greig 110
M.H.N. Walker 4/59
J.R. Thomson 3/59
288/5 (dec) 166
G.S. Chappell (vc) 71
K.D. Walters 62*
R. Edwards 53
R.G.D. Willis 3/45
D.L. Underwood 30
J.R. Thomson 6/46

See Main Article - 1974-75 Ashes series

Second Test – Perth

13–17 December 1974
scorecard
Flag of England England
208
v Flag of Australia Australia
481
Flag of Australia Australia won by 9 wickets
Western Australia Cricket Ground, Perth, Australia
Umpires: R.C. Bailhache (AUS) & T.F. Brooks (AUS)
A.P.E. Knott (wk) 51
K.D. Walters 2/13
G.S. Chappell (vc) 3 Ct
I.R. Redpath 3 Ct
R. Edwards 115
K.D. Walters 103
G.S. Chappell (vc) 62
C.M. Old 3/85
A.P.E. Knott (wk) 3 Ct and 1 St
293 23/1
F.J. Titmus 61
J.R. Thomson 5/93
G.S. Chappell (vc) 4 Ct
I.R. Redpath 12*
G.G. Arnold 1/15

See Main Article - 1974-75 Ashes series

Third Test – Melbourne

26–31 December 1974
scorecard
Flag of England England
242
v Flag of Australia Australia
241
Match drawn
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia
Umpires: R.C. Bailhache (AUS) & T.F. Brooks (AUS)
A.P.E. Knott (wk) 52
J.R. Thomson 4/72
R.W. Marsh (wk) 3 Ct
I.R. Redpath 55
R.G.D. Willis 5/61
A.P.E. Knott (wk) 3 Ct
244 238/8
D.L. Amiss 90
A.W. Greig 60
A.A. Mallett 4/60
J.R. Thomson 4/71
I.M. Chappell (c) 3 Ct
G.S. Chappell (vc) 61
A.W. Greig 4/56

See Main Article - 1974-75 Ashes series

First One Day International - Melbourne

1 January 1975
scorecard
Flag of Australia Australia
190
v Flag of England England
191/7
Flag of England England won by 3 wickets
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia
Umpires: R.C. Bailhache (AUS) & T.F. Brooks (AUS)
Player of the match: I.M. Chappell (c) and D.L. Amiss
G.S. Chappell (vc) 44
I.M. Chappell (c) 42
C.M. Old 4/57
D. Lloyd 49
D.L. Amiss 47
A.G. Hurst 2/27

See Main Article - 1974-75 Ashes series

Fourth Test – Sydney

4–9 January 1975
scorecard
Flag of Australia Australia
405
v Flag of England England
295
Flag of Australia Australia won by 171 runs
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia
Umpires: R.C. Bailhache (AUS) & T.F. Brooks (AUS)
G.S. Chappell (vc) 84
R.B. McCosker 80
I.M. Chappell (c) 53
G.G. Arnold 5/86
A.W. Greig 4/104
A.P.E. Knott (wk) 82
J.H. Edrich (c) 50
J.R. Thomson 4/74
289/6 (dec) 228
G.S. Chappell (vc) 144
I.R. Redpath 105
D.L. Underwood 2/55
A.W. Greig 54
A.A. Mallett 4/21

See Main Article - 1974-75 Ashes series

Fifth Test – Adelaide

25–30 January 1975
scorecard
Flag of Australia Australia
304
v Flag of England England
172
Flag of Australia Australia won by 163 runs
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia
Umpires: R.C. Bailhache (AUS) & T.F. Brooks (AUS)
R.M. Marsh (wk) 74
T.J. Jenner 74
K.D. Walters 55
D.L. Underwood 7/113
M.H. Denness (c) 51
D.K. Lillee 4/49
A.A. Mallett 3/14
M.H.M. Walker 3/58
272/5 (dec) 241
K.D. Walters 71*
R.M. Marsh (wk) 55
I.R. Redpath 52
D.L. Underwood 4/102
A.P.E. Knott 106*
K.W.R. Fletcher 63
D.K. Lillee 4/69
M.H.N. Walker 3/89

See Main Article - 1974-75 Ashes series

Sixth Test – Sydney

8–13 February 1975
scorecard
Flag of Australia Australia
152
v Flag of England England
529
Flag of England England won by an innings and 4 runs
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia
Umpires: R.C. Bailhache (AUS) & T.F. Brooks (AUS)
I.M. Chappell (c) 65
P. Lever 6/38
A.P.E. Knott (wk) 3 Ct
M.H. Denness (c) 188
K.W.R. Fletcher 146
A.W. Greig 89
J.H. Edrich (vc) 70
M.H.N. Walker 8/143
R.W. Marsh (wk) 3 Ct
373
G.S. Chappell (vc) 102
I.R. Redpath 83
R.B. McCosker 76
I.M. Chappell (c) 50
A.W. Greig 4/88
P. Lever 3/65
G.G. Arnold 3/83
A.P.E. Knott (wk) 3 Ct

See Main Article - 1974-75 Ashes series

External sources

Annual reviews

  • Playfair Cricket Annual 1975
  • Wisden Cricketers Almanack 1976

Further reading

  • Mark Browning, Rod Marsh: A Life in Cricket, Rosenberg Publishing, 2003
  • Ian Brayshaw, The Chappell Era, ABC Enterprises, 1984
  • Greg Chappell, Old Hands Showed The Way, Test Series Official Book 1986-87, The Clashes For The Ashes, Australia vs England, Playbill Sport Publication, 1986
  • Ian Chappell, Austin Robertson and Paul Rigby, Chappelli Has the Last Laugh, Lansdowne Press, 1980
  • Ian Chappell and Ashley Mallett, Hitting Out: The Ian Chappell Story, Orion, 2006
  • Colin Cowdrey, M. C. C. The Autobiography of a Cricketer, Coronet Books, 1977
  • Bill Frindall, The Wisden Book of Test Cricket 1877-1978, Wisden, 1979
  • Colin Firth, Pageant of Cricket, The MacMillian Company of Australia,1987
  • Chris Harte, A History of Australian Cricket, Andre Deutsch, 1993
  • Ed Jaggard, Garth: The Story of Graham McKenzie, Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1993
  • Ken Kelly and David Lemmon, Cricket Reflections: Five Decades of Cricket Photographs, Heinemann, 1985
  • Dennis Lillee, Lillee, My Life in Cricket, Methuen Australia, 1982
  • Dennis Lillee, Menace: the Autobiography, Headline Book Publishing, 2003
  • Brian Luckhurst and Mike Baldwin, Boot Boy to President, KOS Media, 2004
  • Ashley Mallett, Rowdy, Lynton Publications, 1973
  • Ashley Mallett, Spin Out, Garry Sparke & Associates, 1977
  • Ashley Mallett, One Of A Kind: The Doug Walters Story, Orion, 2009
  • Rod Marsh, The Gloves of Irony, Pan, 1999
  • Adrian McGregor, Greg Chappell, Collins, 1985
  • Mark Peel, The Last Roman: A Biography of Colin Cowdrey, Andre Deutsch Ltd, 1999
  • Ray Robinson, On Top Down Under, Cassell, 1975
  • E.W. Swanton(ed), The Barclays World of Cricket, Collins, 1986
  • Derek Underwood, Beating the Bat: An Autobiography, S.Paul, 1975
  • Bob Willis, Lasting the Pace, Collins, 1985

Videos and DVDs

References

  • Peter Arnold, The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of World of Cricket, W.H. Smith, 1985
  • Ashley Brown, A Pictorial History of Cricket, Bison Books Ltd, 1988
  • Criss Freddi, The Guinness Book of Cricket Blunders, Guinness Publishing, 1996
  • David Gower, Heros and Contemporaries, Granada Publishing Ltd, 1985
  • Tom Graveney and Norman Miller, The Ten Greatest Test Teams, Sidgewick and Jackson, 1988
  • John Snow, Cricket Rebel: An Autobiography, Littlehampton Book Services Ltd, 1976
  • E.W. Swanton, Swanton in Australia with MCC 1946-1975, Fontana, 1977
  • Alan Synge, Sins of Omission, The Story of the Test Selectors 1899-1990, Pelham Books, 1990
  • Frank Tyson, Test of Nerves, Test series 1974-75 Australia versus England, Manark Pty Ltd, 1975
  • Bob Willis and Patrick Murphy, Starting With Grace, A Pictorial Celebration of Cricket 1864-1986, Stanley Paul, 1986
List of Ashes series
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Non-Ashes Australia v England Test series
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