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England vs Australia 3rd ODI 1981 Highlights

Cricket Highlights - England vs Australia 3rd ODI 1981


Watch the highlights of England vs Australia 3rd ODI 1981 - Australia tour of England (Prudential Trophy) 3-match one-day international series of the 3rd ODI match played between Australia and England at Headingley, Leeds in 08th June 1981.


Graeme Wood's maiden century and Graham Yallop's supporting 48 before Rodney Hogg's four-wicket haul, Trevor Chappell and Terry Alderman's combined 5-wickets helped to Australia's record 71-run victory over England and clinch the their first Prudential Trophy series win England by 2-1 in a one-sided game of the third ODI.

Match Stats :
  • Australia's 71-run win was their third largest victory by terms of runs in One-day international and It is their biggest win against England in ODIs, previously they won by 2-runs at Birmingham in this series' second ODI.
  • Graeme Wood became the fourth England batsman to score a hundred in One-day internationals after Alan Turner, Greg Chappell and Allan Border.
  • Graeme Wood became the second Australian batsman to score a century against England in ODIs after Greg Chappell.


AUSTRALIA scored 236/8 (55 Overs) with top scorer by Graeme Wood 108 off 150-balls - which was his 1st ODI hundred and Graham Yallop 48 (90)

England best bowler by Bob Willis 2/35 (11) and Mike Hendrick 1/31 (11)

ENGLAND scored 165 for all-out (46.5 Overs) with top scorer by Peter Willey 42 (66) and Graham Gooch 37 (67)

Australia best bowler by Rodney Hogg 4/29 (8.5) and Trevor Chappell 3/31 (9)

This match reported by Brian Mossop (Third Party Reference from SMH)



Terry Alderman, the big Perth medium pacer, emerged as a force as Australia crushed England to win the final match and the Prudential Trophy cricket series at Headingley.

A Graeme Wood century and 48 from Graham Yallop in a 130-run second-wicket partnership paved the way for a score of 236-8 after Australia had been sent in for the third time in the series.

Alderman took only two wickets in his 11 over, but his 2-19 was every bit as valuable as Wood's 108, which made him the only Australian batsman since Greg Chappell to score a Prudential Trophy century. It was Australia's first win in four Prudential Trophy series in England since the one-day international series was introduced in 1972, and it was earned the hard way.

The Australians, rusty after so much rain on the opening leg of the tour, lost the first match at Lord's by six wickets, sneaked home by two runs at Edghaston, and skittled England for 165 to win by 71 runs.

Kim Hughes, the Australian captain, was jubilant over his team's performance and rated Alderman's two bowling spells as the turning point. "I talked to Rod Marsh about Terry's bowling and we both agreed that we had never seen him bowl as quick or keep such a good line," Hughes said.

But Hughes kept the trophy win in perspective. "We gave ourselves a lot less chance than in the Tests," he said. "We came to put up a good show, but we did not expect to win the one-dayers. "I think the problems are now all in England's court. But we are not over-contident about the Test series. Trevor Chappell epitomised what this team's built on — few stars but a good gutsy effort."


Chappell, who proved expensive as a bowler in the first two matches, turned in a solid performance to claim 3-31 from nine of the 46.5 overs Australia needed to wrap up the series. But it was Alderman, four days short of his 25th birthday, who kept England pinned to the ropes after Rodney Hogg had claimed Geoff Boycott (4) in the first over and split a dangerous 66-run stand between Graham Gooch and Mike Gatting by having Gatting caught behind for 32.

The catch was one of five by Marsh, who previously shared the record of four dismissals by a wicket-keeper in Prudential Trophy matches with Alan Knott and Richie Robinson.

Marsh's victims included Gooch (37) off the lively Geoff Lawson and Peter Willey, who top-scored for England with 42. When Alderman chimed in with the wicket of David Gower (5), England had lost two of their most formidable batsmen, Gower and Boycott, for a paltry nine runs. When they were followed by Gooch, an Australian win became almost a formality.

The win was a bonus. What really emerged was the fact that Alderman, a debatable selection when the touring team was announced, is hammering on the door for a Test place so loudly that his selection for the first Test, which starts at Trent Bridge on Thursday week, seems certain.

It is difficult to see the Test line-up altering from that which triumphed at Headingley. Trent Bridge is one of the few English wickets that will favour fast bowlers, and the Australian foursome could provide England with more than a few problems.

Dennis Lillee, after bowling so well in the first two one-day internationals, was the least impressive of the quick bowlers, conceding 37 runs from seven overs without a wicket. But Lilice, the old warhorse, will be there when it most matters.

Wood, who has shown sound form after starting the tour with two ducks, was voted the man-of-the-match and man-of-the-series for Australia.

Mike Gatting man-of-the-series for England for contributing 128-runs in the three-match ODI series.