By Rob Steen;Alastair McLellan
No season exerts a grip at the hearts of English cricket fans fairly just like the summer time of 1981. For the 1st time in a iteration, the total state used to be transfixed via a try sequence. What made all of it the extra extraordinary used to be that the fortunes of the nationwide staff, let alone these of the sport ordinarily and the rustic itself, appeared at rock bottom.During the process an Ashes sequence that shifted from the mundane to the fantastical with breathtaking pace, the 3rd try out at Headingley proved to be the turning-point. Amid list unemployment and the worst outbreak of civil unrest in a century, England, 500-1 opposed to at one level (odds taken by means of individuals of the Australian team), accomplished the main unbelievable wearing triumph of the twentieth century, mounting a dramatic comeback to overcome Australia via 18 runs. The names of Ian Botham, Bob Willis and Mike Brearley duly grew to become without end entwined with what readers of the Observer lately voted 'Most Memorable wearing Moment'.500-1...
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England had stolen victory from the jaws of defeat – why could they not therefore do this every time? Botham had fought back from 500–1 – why not expect this of him as a matter of course? Botham’s Ashes – a great video, I grant you, but did we need it every time there was a rain delay or an early finish in an Ashes Test? The bugaboo of Headingley remained a staple of Ashes cricket journalism, available for rediscovery in 2001 even after Australia monstered England there in 1989, 1993 and 1997. ” It was surely one of the blessings of the Ashes of 2005 that it delivered up Andrew Flintoff, a cricket hero closer to the Britpop age than the New Romantic era – to borrow a tic of my friend Rob Steen.
Peter Davison (ex-All Creatures Great and Small) was crowned the new Doctor Who, but the most talked-about programme was a dramatisation of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited, its longing nod to a statelier past needlessly reaffirming the Englishman’s predilection for yesterday. Still, Vivian the Punk from The Young Ones did call his hamster SPG. The average age for a first-time mother was 24 years and six months, the noms du jour Thomas and Sarah. Six per cent of homes had a video recorder. The most popular meal out was steak and chips, usually at a Berni Inn and swilled down by a 57p pint of lager.
By the time England set off for India in the winter of 1981 I was hooked. I was waking in the early hours to listen, through whistling static and the odd burst of Lithuanian folk singing, to the broadcasts from Delhi, Bombay and Calcutta. Did I lose interest when the series turned out to be as tedious as the Ashes rubber had been deliriously exciting? No, I just assumed that it was part of the game’s rich tapestry and went even deeper. My brothers and I started playing cricket too. We would walk to a nearby playing field, knowledgeably debating whether Don Bradman or Jack Hobbs had been England’s greatest batsman.