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English cricket team in Australia in 2002–03
Flag of England
England
Flag of Australia
Australia
Dates 22 October 2002 – 19 January 2003
Captains Nasser Hussain Steve Waugh
Test series
Result Australia won the 5-match series 4–1
Most runs MP Vaughan (633) ML Hayden (496)
Most wickets AR Caddick (20) JN Gillespie (20)
Player of the series MP Vaughan (Eng)

The England cricket team toured Australia in 2002–03, playing a five-Test series for The Ashes and a number of tour matches against Australian domestic teams. They also played a triangular ODI series against Australia and Sri Lanka.

Tour matches

England XI v ACB Chairman's XI

22 October 2002
Scorecard
ACB Chairman's XI
301/7 (50 overs)
v Flag of England England
243 (48.5 overs)
ACB Chairman's XI won by 58 runs
Lilac Hill, Perth
Umpires: B Bennett (Aus) and AR Craig (Aus)
Player of the match: KM Harvey (ACB XI)
KM Harvey 114 (88)
AF Giles 3/56 [10]
RWT Key 68 (71)
GB Hogg 5/33 [8.5]

England XI v Western Australia

24–25 October 2002
Scorecard
Flag of England England
221 (87.2 overs)
v Western Australia
313/6 (90 overs)
Match drawn
WACA Ground, Perth
Umpires: AR Craig (Aus) and IH Lock (Eng)
AR Caddick 62 (78)
CD Thorp 4/58 [20]
SE Marsh 92 (134)
MJ Hoggard 2/49 [15]
  • Western Australia won the toss and elected to field.

England XI v Western Australia

28–30 October 2002
Scorecard
Western Australia
213 (65.5 overs)
v Flag of England England
327 (102.5 overs)
Match drawn
WACA Ground, Perth
Umpires: IH Lock (Eng) and RG Patterson (Aus)
MJ North 71 (124)
AR Caddick 4/49 [19.5]
N Hussain 117 (220)
MJ Nicholson 6/79 [19.5]
248 (74.2 overs) 130/5 (20 overs)
CJL Rogers 86 (151)
SP Jones 5/78 [19]
RWT Key 59 (48)
GB Hogg 2/26 [4]
  • England XI won the toss and elected to field.
  • Attendance: Day 1 - 1203, Day 2 - 1484, Day 3 - 1171 (Total - 3858)

England XI v Queensland

2–4 November 2002
Scorecard
Queensland
582 (158 overs)
v Flag of England England
322/7 (102 overs)
Match drawn
Allan Border Field, Brisbane
Umpires: DL Orchard (SA) and PD Parker (Aus)
ML Love 250 (414)
AF Giles 3/124 [40]
MP Vaughan 127 (204)
NM Hauritz 3/48 [24]
  • Queensland won the toss and elected to bat.

England XI v Australia A, 15–18 November 2002

Match drawn

England XI v New South Wales, 6 December 2002

New South Wales won by 6 wickets

England XI v Australia A, 8 December 2002

Australia 'A' won by 23 runs

England XI v Prime Minister's XI, 10 December 2002

The Prime Minister's XI won by 4 wickets

England XI v Sir Donald Bradman XI, 8 January 2003

Sir Donald Bradman XI won by 6 wickets

Test series

1st Test

7–11 November 2002
Scorecard
Flag of Australia Australia
492 (130.2 overs)
v Flag of England England
325 (106.5 overs)
Australia won by 384 runs
The Gabba, Brisbane
Umpires: SA Bucknor (WI) and RE Koertzen (SA)
Player of the match: ML Hayden (Aus)
ML Hayden 197 (268)
AF Giles 4/101 [29.2]
ME Trescothick 72 (158)
GD McGrath 4/87 [30]
296/5d (71 overs) 79 (28.2 overs)
ML Hayden 103 (152)
Andrew Caddick 3/95 [23]
MA Butcher 40 (76)
GD McGrath 4/36 [12]
  • England won the toss and elected to field.

The first Test of the series began with what many regard in hindsight as one of the worst captaincy decisions of all time, as England captain Nasser Hussain won the toss and chose to send Australia in to bat. Australia's batsmen took advantage of several dropped catches and other mistakes in the field to amass a staggering 364 for 2, with Ricky Ponting contributing 123 before being bowled by Ashley Giles, and Matthew Hayden finishing the day on 186 not out. England's woeful day in the field was capped by a severe injury to young bowler Simon Jones, who ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament while sliding to field a ball and was forced to withdraw from the tour.

England fought back strongly on the second day of the Test. Hayden advanced to 197 before gloving a catch to Wicket-keeper Alec Stewart, and the Aussies' last eight wickets fell for just 128 runs despite a fighting 57 from Shane Warne. Giles added three more wickets to his total and Andy Caddick took three in the day, including the key mid-order wicket of captain Steve Waugh for just 7. The batsmen then took the fight to the Australian attack with a determined performance, Marcus Trescothick and Mark Butcher sharing an unbroken century partnership to take England to 158 for 1 at stumps. This was a strong start, but 135 runs were still needed just to avoid the follow-on.

The Australian bowlers put themselves back in control on the third day. Butcher and Trescothick were both out early in the same over to Glenn McGrath. Hussain and John Crawley managed to stabilise the England innings and advanced steadily to 268 for 3. However, England lost their last six wickets for a paltry 57 runs as the tail collapsed around Crawley, leaving him on 69 not out at the end of the innings. Australia started their second innings positively but lost both Justin Langer and Ponting to Caddick by the end of the day. A solid partnership between Hayden and Damien Martyn saw each advance to 40 not out by the close.

Australia advanced to a commanding lead on the fourth and final day, Hayden becoming only the fourth Australian to score a century in both innings of a Test match with his 103. Waugh once again went cheaply but Adam Gilchrist weighed in with 60 not out from just 59 balls to take the Aussies to 296 for 5. Giles and Caddick were the only England bowlers to have any success: Giles taking the wickets of both Hayden and Ponting to finish with figures of 2 for 90 and Caddick taking 3 for 95. Waugh's declaration left England an imposing target of 464 runs for victory. It was a target that quickly looked far out of reach as England crumbled to 79 all out in just 28 overs, with only Mark Butcher's 40 troubling the scorers. Michael Vaughan departed LBW to McGrath on just the third ball of the innings and Trescothick soon followed, caught at slip off Jason Gillespie. Brief partnerships between Hussain and Butcher, then Butcher and Craig White were soon taken apart by strong bowling from McGrath (4 for 36) and Warne (3 for 29).

2nd Test

21–25 November 2002
Scorecard
Flag of England England
342 (115.5 overs)
v Flag of Australia Australia
552/9d (139.2 overs)
Australia won by an innings and 51 runs
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Umpires: SA Bucknor (WI) and RE Koertzen (SA)
Player of the match: RT Ponting (Aus)
MP Vaughan 177 (306)
JN Gillespie 4/78 [26.5]
RT Ponting 154 (269)
C White 4/106 [28]
159 (59.2 overs)
AJ Stewart 57 (101)
GD McGrath 4/41 [17.2]
  • England won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Play on Day 4 was reduced due to rain.

The second Test at Adelaide started much more positively for England, who had made several changes to their side, bringing in spinner Richard Dawson, Steve Harmison and Robert Key for the injured Ashley Giles, Simon Jones and John Crawley. Nasser Hussain won the toss and this time decided to bat, a decision that looked good as England advanced to 295 for 4 by the end of the day. However, this confident score was largely built around a massive 177 from Michael Vaughan, who was finally out to the last ball of the day, edging Andy Bichel to slip. No other England batsmen passed fifty, and Vaughan himself was lucky to escape dismissal on just 19 when he seemed to have been caught off Bichel by Justin Langer – TV replays proved inconclusive. Key looked unimpressive, making just 1 run off 22 balls, and was soon put out of his misery by Shane Warne.

Australia took firm control of the match on the second day after a strong performance with both ball and bat. England crumbled from their strong overnight position to 342 all out, losing their last seven wickets for just 47 runs. Mark Butcher was caught behind off Jason Gillespie having added nothing to the overnight total, and England's tail was quickly dismissed by Gillespie (who finished with 4 for 78) and Warne (4 for 93). The English bowlers were next to suffer as the Australians advanced to 247 for 2 at stumps with Ricky Ponting undefeated overnight on 83. Matthew Hoggard and Andy Caddick were both smashed around the field and it was left to Craig White and Dawson to make the only breakthroughs in the afternoon, White having Matthew Hayden caught on 46 and Dawson striking to have Justin Langer caught behind on 48.

The situation worsened for England on the third day. Ponting and Damien Martyn batted through the morning session to take their overnight partnership for the third wicket to 242 before Martyn was caught off Harmison for 95 shortly after lunch, and Ponting went on to convert his overnight 83 into 154 before holing out to White. Darren Lehmann, Steve Waugh and Shane Warne fell quickly but expensively, Waugh making 34 runs from just 40 deliveries. A 77 run eighth-wicket partnership between Bichel and Adam Gilchrist off just 14 overs advanced the Aussies to a commanding 552 before Gilchrist was out miscuing a hook off Harmison and Waugh declared the innings. Needing 211 to avoid an innings defeat, England got off to a nightmare start as they collapsed to 36 for 3 by the close of play, losing Marcus Trescothick LBW to Gillespie for a duck, Butcher LBW to Glenn McGrath shortly afterwards and finally Hussain clean bowled by Bichel.

England began the fourth day hoping for rain, but despite several short delays for weather the Aussies completed the innings victory with a day to spare. Key completed a miserable debut as he was caught at mid-wicket off Bichel for 1 in the third over of the morning, and though Vaughan and Alec Stewart looked to stabilise the innings their partnership was broken when McGrath took an impressive catch to dismiss Vaughan off the bowling of Warne. Stewart, supported by a defensive Craig White, continued to make his 41st Test half century but the two fell in successive balls to leave England in hopeless circumstances. The tail fell to leave 159 all out, McGrath taking 4 for 41 and Warne 3 for 36, giving the Aussies a crushing victory by an innings and 51 runs.

3rd Test

29 November–3 December 2002
Scorecard
Flag of England England
185 (64.2 overs)
v Flag of Australia Australia
456 (99.1 overs)
Australia won by an innings and 48 runs
WACA Ground, Perth
Umpires: SA Bucknor (WI) and RE Koertzen (SA)
Player of the match: DR Martyn (Aus)
RWT Key 47 (108)
B Lee 3/78 [20]
DR Martyn 71 (158)
C White 5/127 [23.1]
223 (82.1 overs)
AJ Stewart 66* (83)
GD McGrath 2/24 [21]
  • England won the toss and elected to bat.

4th Test

26–30 December 2002
Scorecard
Flag of Australia Australia
551/6d (146 overs)
v Flag of England England
270 (89.3 overs)
Australia won by 5 wickets
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Umpires: DL Orchard (SA) and RB Tiffin (Zim)
Player of the match: JL Langer (Aus)
JL Langer 250 (407)
C White 3/133 [33]
C White 85* (134)
JN Gillespie 4/25 [16.3]
107/5 (23.1 overs) 387 (120.4 overs) (f/o)
RT Ponting 30 (35)
AR Caddick 3/51 [12]
MP Vaughan 145 (218)
SCG MacGill 5/152 [48]
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat.

5th Test

2–6 January 2003
Scorecard
Flag of England England
362 (127 overs)
v Flag of Australia Australia
363 (80.3 overs)
England won by 225 runs
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Umpires: DL Orchard (SA) and RB Tiffin (Zim)
Player of the match: MP Vaughan (Eng)
MA Butcher 124 (275)
AJ Bichel 3/86 [21]
AC Gilchrist 133 (121)
MJ Hoggard 4/92 [21.3]
452/9d (125.3 overs) 226 (54 overs)
MP Vaughan 183 (278)
SCG MacGill 3/120 [41]
AJ Bichel 49 (58)
AR Caddick 7/94 [22]
  • England won the toss and elected to bat.

VB Series (ODIs)

1st Match: Australia v England

13 December 2002 (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of England England
251/8 (50 overs)
v Flag of Australia Australia
252/3 (45 overs)
Australia won by 7 wickets
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Umpires: RE Koertzen (SA) and SJA Taufel (Aus)
Player of the match: ML Hayden (Aus)
NV Knight 111* (133)
B Lee 4/47 [8]
ML Hayden 98 (92)
ID Blackwell 2/38 [10]
  • England won the toss and elected to bat.

2nd Match: Australia v England

15 December 2002 (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of Australia Australia
318/6 (50 overs)
v Flag of England England
229 (48 overs)
Australia won by 89 runs
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Umpires: SA Bucknor (WI) and SJA Taufel (Aus)
Player of the match: AC Gilchrist (Aus)
AC Gilchrist 124 (104)
ID Blackwell 2/54 [10]
NV Knight 70 (68)
B Lee 2/31 [9]
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat.

3rd Match: England v Sri Lanka

17 December 2002 (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of England England
292 (50 overs)
v Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
249/6 (50 overs)
England won by 43 runs
The Gabba, Brisbane
Umpires: DB Hair (Aus) and RE Koertzen (SA)
Player of the match: AJ Stewart (Eng)
N Hussain 79 (106)
CRD Fernando 3/68 [10]
DPMD Jayawardene 71 (92)
SJ Harmison 2/39 [10]
  • England won the toss and elected to bat.

4th Match: England v Sri Lanka

20 December 2002 (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of England England
258/9 (50 overs)
v Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
163 (43.4 overs)
England won by 95 runs
WACA Ground, Perth
Umpires: SA Bucknor (WI) and SJA Taufel (Aus)
Player of the match: PD Collingwood (Eng)
PD Collingwood 100 (124)
CRD Fernando 4/48 [10]
RP Arnold 44 (82)
AR Caddick 3/30 [10]
  • England won the toss and elected to bat.

7th Match: Australia v England

11 January 2003
Scorecard
Flag of Australia Australia
271/4 (50 overs)
v Flag of England England
264/7 (50 overs)
Australia won by 7 runs
Bellerive Oval, Hobart
Umpires: DB Hair (Aus) and DL Orchard (SA)
Player of the match: DR Martyn (Aus)
DR Martyn 101* (114)
JM Anderson 2/40 [10]
NV Knight 85 (102)
GB Hogg 3/55 [9]
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat.

8th Match: England v Sri Lanka

13 January 2003 (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
284/7 (50 overs)
v Flag of England England
253 (49.2 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 31 runs
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Umpires: DB Hair (Aus) and RB Tiffin (Zim)
Player of the match: ST Jayasuriya (SL)
ST Jayasuriya 106 (110)
AR Caddick 2/29 [10]
ME Trescothick 85 (86)
PA de Silva 4/30 [6.2]
  • Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat.

10th Match: England v Sri Lanka

17 January 2003 (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of England England
279/7 (50 overs)
v Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
260 (49.2 overs)
England won by 19 runs
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Umpires: DJ Harper (Aus) and RB Tiffin (Zim)
Player of the match: AR Caddick (Eng)
NV Knight 88 (110)
MKGCB Lakshitha 2/42 [9]
ST Jayasuriya 99 (83)
AR Caddick 4/35 [10]
  • England won the toss and elected to bat.

11th Match: Australia v England

19 January 2003 (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of England England
152 (48.3 overs)
v Flag of Australia Australia
153/6 (47.3 overs)
Australia won by 4 wickets
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Umpires: DJ Harper (Aus) and DL Orchard (SA)
Player of the match: NW Bracken (Aus)
PD Collingwood 63* (106)
NW Bracken 3/21 [7.3]
DR Martyn 59 (102)
ID Blackwell 3/26 [10]
  • England won the toss and elected to bat.

1st Final: Australia v England

23 January 2003 (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of England England
117 (41 overs)
v Flag of Australia Australia
118/0 (12.2 overs)
Australia won by 10 wickets
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Umpires: DL Orchard (SA) and SJA Taufel (Aus)
Player of the match: B Lee (Aus)
PD Collingwood 43 (71)
AJ Bichel 4/18 [7]
AC Gilchrist 69* (37)
  • England won the toss and elected to bat.

2nd Final: Australia v England

25 January 2003 (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of Australia Australia
229/7 (50 overs)
v Flag of England England
224 (49.3 overs)
Australia won by 5 runs
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Umpires: DB Hair (Aus) and RB Tiffin (Zim)
Player of the match: B Lee (Aus)
GB Hogg 71* (77)
RC Irani 3/46 [10]
AJ Stewart 60 (70)
B Lee 5/30 [9.3]
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
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