Cometh the Gower


Published: 16th November, 2012

Surrey & The Ashes

If 1981’s Ashes series had been Botham’s, 1985’s was very much Gower’s. After the sensational scenes of ’81, it had been back to earth with a bang for England when Australia regained the urn on home soil the following winter. In 1985 England desperately wanted it back.

1985: Cometh the Gower…

Coming into the sixth and final Test at the Oval England were 2-1 up. England knew a draw would do it; Australia needed an outright win. It was still all to play for.

On a stinking hot day, England won the toss and chose to bat. It was a good call. A Graham Gooch ton provided the backbone of the day and by close England had reached 376-3. But for all Gooch’s great work it was always Gower’s day. His Captain’s Innings of 157 was one of the most stylish innings ever seen in an Ashes match. Against Gower’s expert leadership and under intense pressure from Ellison and Botham (big hair was big in 1985) Australia crumbled and England didn’t have to bat again. For the third successive home series, the Ashes were England’s.

Gower finished the Series with a massive 732 runs – an Ashes record for an Englishman in England – averaging 81.33 on the way. Winning the Ashes at the Oval was the ultimate triumph of what had undoubtedly been Gower’s summer. In 1985 – as with so many other years – the Ashes were won at the Oval. In 2013 it could happen again.

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