Australia vs England 5th Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1983 Article

Read the article of Australia vs England 5th Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1983 - Benson & Hedges World Series Cup one-day international tournament of the 5th ODI match played between England and Australia at Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane in 16th January 1983.

Bowlers attack before Top-order batsmen and David Hookes' unbeaten half-century and a 89-run stand with Allan Border steers to Australia easy eight-wicket victory over England in a one-sided game of the fifth match of a Benson & Hedges World Series Cup.

ENGLAND scored 182 for all-out (46.4 Overs) with top scorer by Derek Randall 57 (97) and Ian Botham 29 (40)

Australia best bowler by Carl Rackemann
3/28 (8.4) and Geoff Lawson 2/23 (10)

Australia chased 184/3 (41 Overs) with top scorer by David Hookes * 54 (56) and

England best bowler by Ian Botham 3/29 (8) and Norman Cowans 0/35 (9)

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

The Benson and Hedges World Series Cup competition took on a lopsided look as Australia crushed England by seven wickets in the limited-overs match at the Brisbane Cricket Ground

A capacity crowd of 22.174 saw England bundled out for 182. then cheered themselves hoarse as David Hooke, smashed 22 runs off what was the last over of the match. from Bob Willis, to steer Australia home with nine over to spare. But that last-over assault. and the appearance of a pig draped in an Australian flag with the words 'Eddie" painted on one side and -Botham" on the other. were the only real highlights of an otherwise dreary day.

That is by no means a reflection on the performance of the Australians. Their bowling was superior, their batting was streets ahead of that of their opponents. and they did as much as they had to to dispense with a tardy England challenge. 

The problem for those charged with promoting what they see as champagne cricket is that it lacks fizz. The Australians have proved so superior in their three outings since clinching the Ashes that they are in danger of destroying interest.

After five matches in the $125,000 Cup contest, the Australians have won three to head the table on six points. England and New Zealand have won one match against each other to share second place with two points each.

Australia's cricketers have long been ridiculed for their seeming inability to adapt to the one-day game. But Kim Hughes led Australia to a 2-1 win against England in the Prudential Cup in 1981 and he could conceivably repeat the success in the present Cup series without the loss of a match.

The England batting line-up is appallingly thin, and the New Zealand attack is similar. The Australians, on the other hand, have depth in both departments and are head and shoulders above the visitors in the other vital area, fielding.

Australia have conceded 512 runs in their three matches, yet have cruised home by eight wickets, by 31 runs, and by seven wickets. The season's format, in which the Tests against England were kept separate From the limited-overs games, is obviously a major factor in the surge in Australian ability in one-day cricket.

Hughes, doubtful whether Australia have ever won three one-day games in a row before, certainly sees the new system as beneficial to Australian performances.

"I have always felt that this type of format would see an improvement in our ability to play one-day cricket," Hughes said.

"The old system inhibited our consistent performances. Now we Are growing in confidence, and we have the ability to go through the series without losing."

Hughes did not bat today. Responding to what he termed a "gut feeling", he sent in Hookes at No 4 and Allan Border at No 5, and left it to the two left-handers to get the required runs.

They did so with style, with Hookes the dominant figure as the English bowlers failed to stifle the Australian batsmen after their own had let them down.

Derek Randall was the only England batsman to produce a knock of substance. But he enjoyed a good deal of fortune in compiling 57 and in sharing a 57-run stand with Ian Botham before he was bowled by Geoff Lawson.

The next highest score on the England card was sundries — 37 of them. including 13 wides, as even ' Jeff Thomson, not noted for swinging the ball, moved it in the humid conditions.

Carl Rackemann, astray at stages, claimed 3-28 in 8.4 overs as the brittle England batting line-up snapped in 46.4 overs. The strapping Queensland paceman now has 10-95 in three outings.

"Disappointing," was how Willis summed up his team's inept effort today. "Extremely disappointing. "We don't seem to be able to get our batting together at all. We did not put the Australians under any pressure. The way we are playing at the moment is not much better than a County side.

Any one of England's County teams might take exception to that Botham took the only three Australian wickets to fall, Kepler Wessels (19), John Dyson (40) and Greg Chappell (30), his third three-wicket bag in the series. But it was little consolation for the Englishmen who, having failed to set a decent target. could not contain the eager Australians. 

That Willis over was the final ignominy, Hookes deciding to end the match alone, by crashing four fours and a six off the hapless Willis. 

One day later night at the Sydney Cricket Ground it will be New Zealand's turn to feel the Australian lash. And the porcine messenger -Hemmings and Botham are a trifle porky — will not be there. He is safely under lock and key in the Brisbane Police watchhouse. 



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