Thursday 23 November 2017 / 03:30 AM

TOO GOOD TUESDAY: WAUGH’S COURAGE AT THE OVAL

As the summer of Test cricket and another instalment of the greatest contest the game has to offer, The Ashes, draws closer, Too Good Tuesday relives one of the greatest displays of Aussie grit the series has ever witnessed.

The tourists had already wrapped up the 2001 series in England 3-1 heading into the fifth and final Test in London, but Waugh was determined to play in the match despite suffering a painful calf injury in the fourth clash at Headingley.

Not only did he play, but Waugh produced one of his finest innings, top-scoring with 157 not out in a typically dogged display.

Justin Langer scored 102 before retiring hurt, while Mark Waugh posted a cracking 120 and enjoyed a 197-run stand with his twin brother, and Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting and Damien Martyn notched half-centuries as Australia amassed 4/641.

England battled gamely in their reply, with Mark Ramprakash scoring 133 before the hosts were eventually all out for 432; Shane Warne starred with 7/165 in a mammoth 44.2-over effort.

Falling just short of avoiding the follow-on, England were sent in again by Waugh, and this time were skittled for just 184 on Day 5 as Glenn McGrath nabbed 5/43 and Warne managed 4/64 to finish with 11 wickets for the match.

The emphatic victory by an innings and 25 runs gave Australia a 4-1 series triumph, equalling their best effort in England. It remains Australia’s last series success in The Old Dart.

[YouTube – Lord’s Cricket Ground]

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Will Evans

CBS’s Editor-in-Chief and lead rugby league, union and cricket writer, Will is a Christchurch-based freelancer, also writing for Big League and Rugby League Review magazines, and The New Daily website. Will has written four rugby league books.

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