The Ashes - 1975 - Lillee and Thomo!

The Ashes - 1975 - Lillee and Thomo!

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With a full contingent of Australia's finest fast bowlers on hand, the 1975 Ashes in England was an exciting, close series.

As Wisden reported: "The presence of the two controversial and hostile fast bowlers Lillee and Thomson ensured the attendance of large crowds. Australia's main objective was to retain the Ashes ... that they did was due to two factors, their luck in catching England on a rain-affected wicket at Edgbaston and the loss of the fifth day at Headingley where England had a good chance of winning had not vandals ruined the pitch."

Wikipedia adds: "For England, the principal resistance came from veteran opening batsman John Edrich and David Steele. Nonetheless, in the absence of Geoffrey Boycott, the batting was again broadly unable to withstand the pace-bowling partnership of Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson, with swing bowler Max Walker providing admirable support."

Players in this set:

Australia: GS Chappell, IM Chappell, R Edwards, GJ Gilmour, DK Lillee, AA Mallett, RW Marsh, RB McCosker, JR Thomson, A Turner, MHN Walker, KD Walters.

England: DL Amiss, GG Arnold, MH Denness, PH Edmonds, JH Edrich, KWR Fletcher, GA Gooch, AW Greig, JH Hampshire, APE Knott, P Lever, CM Old, GRJ Roope, JA Snow, DS Steele, DL Underwood, B Wood, RA Woolmer.

This set of Advanced Player Cards is available as a downloadable PDF immediately after purchase.

Image: Cricinfo.

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