Saturday 20 January 2018 / 06:04 PM

Daily Top 5: Greatest WACA Tests

Australia and New Zealand begin the second Test of the Trans-Tasman Trophy in Perth today – the 43rd Test to be staged at the famous WACA Ground and the first since the 2013 Ashes series.

The Daily Top 5 takes a look back at some of greatest Tests and performances the WACA has hosted.


5. New Zealand d. Australia by 6 wickets – 1985-86

New Zealand secured a historic series triumph on Australian soil in the third and deciding Test at the WACA, largely thanks to the mercurial Richard Hadlee’s 11-wicket haul. Australia was all out for 203 in the first innings after Hadlee claimed 5/65 (Wayne Phillips top-scored with just 37), and the Kiwis took a 96-run lead after painstaking knocks by Bruce Edgar (71 from 291 balls) and Martin Crowe (71 from 215). A dogged 83 from skipper Allan Border was the highlight of Australia’s second-innings 259 as Hadlee bagged 6/90. New Zealand grabbed a thrilling win – and unprecedented international credibility –with 10 overs to spare, chasing down the target of 164 for the loss of four wickets.


4. Australia d. England by 267 runs – 2010-11

Australia picked up their sole win of a dismal 3-1 Ashes loss at home in the 2010-11 summer at the WACA, levelling the series 1-all in a match dominated by the bowlers. Mitchell Johnson top-scored with 62 in the hosts’ first innings total of 268, before taking 6/38 as England crumbled from 0/78 to 187 all out on Day 2. Shane Watson (95) and Michael Hussey (116) were the only batsmen to pass 20 as Australia made 309 in their second dig, while Ryan Harris was the chief destroyer as they wrapped the match up inside four days with 6/47, England all out for 123 in chasing 390 for victory.

3. West Indies d. Australia by 169 runs – 1988-89

Australia copped a pasting on home soil by a legend-stacked West Indies side in their prime, losing the first three Tests of the five-match series. In the second clash, the Perth crowd was treated to Viv Richards’ sparkling 146 off 150 balls as the Windies powered to 449 in the first innings. Graeme Wood (111) and Steve Waugh (91) starred as the hosts responded with 395 in the face of the fearsome bowling attack of Marshall, Ambrose and Walsh on a bouncy WACA deck. Geoff Lawson had his jaw broken by a brutal Ambrose short ball. Despite Merv Hughes’ 8/87 in the second innings – giving him 13 for the match – West Indies posted 349 on the back of a Desmond Haynes century, and a top-order collapse saw Australia routed for 234 during the last session of the final day.

2. Australia d. West Indies by 35 runs – 2009-10

Australia racked up 520 in the first innings despite none of their batsmen posting a century – Simon Katich fell for 99, while Shane Watson, Michael Hussey and Brad Haddin all made 80-plus. A sizzling 102 from just 72 balls by Chris Gayle (9 fours, 6 sixes) underpinned West Indies’ reply of 312 – with Doug Bollinger notching a five-for – but the tourists really made a game of it when they skittled Australia for just 150 in their second innings. Chasing 356 for an upset victory, the Windies were on track at 3/196 as Narsingh Deonarine (82) and Perth-born Brendan Nash (62) put on a big partnership, but Bollinger and Mitchell Johnson did the damage to the lower order to have the gallant visitors all out for 323.

1. Australia d. England by 9 wickets – 1974-75

The second Test ever played at the WACA – and the first since the inaugural encounter in 1970 – is chiefly remembered for Doug Walters’ extraordinary final-session century on Day 2. England crumbled from 1/99 to 208 all out in the first innings and the hosts built a 273-run lead thanks to 115 by Ross Edwards and Walters’ masterful 103 not out from 119 balls. An exciting 61 by 42-year-old bowler Fred Titmus helped England to 293 in their second dig, but Australia easily claimed their maiden Test win at the WACA by knocking over the 21-run target.

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