The Ashes: The ultimate trivia test

Test your knowledge on the great rivalry between Australia and England before a bumper summer of Ashes cricket.

  1. 1 Which bowler was called up by Australia after the retirement of Ryan Harris in July 2015?

    1. Fawad Ahmed
    2. Pat Cummins
    3. Mitchell Marsh
    4. Jackson Bird

    Pat Cummins

    Young Penrith-based quick Pat Cummins was added by Aussie selectors after the retirement of Ryan Harris.

  2. 2 Who was Australia’s leading run-scorer in the 2013 series?

    1. Shane Watson
    2. Michael Clarke
    3. Chris Rogers
    4. David Warner

    Shane Watson

    Strong all-rounder Shane Watson topped the run charts for the Aussies as they lost the five-Test series 3-0 on English soil. Watson scored 418 runs, 37 runs more than next best Michael Clarke, but someway behind England's best Ian Bell, who scored 562 runs in the series.

  3. 3 Which Australian player was denied entry to the UK when he visited in 2012?

    1. Mitchell Johnson
    2. David Warner
    3. Mitchell Starc
    4. Ricky Ponting

    Mitchell Starc

    Australia's damaging left-handed quick Mitchell Starc was denied entry by the UK Border Agency following paperwork problems with his visa request.

  4. 4 Which player holds the distinction of the best bowling figures in a losing side?

    1. Tom Richardson
    2. Charlie Turner
    3. Rodney Hogg
    4. Sydney Barnes

    Sydney Barnes

    Staffordshire-born Sydney Barnes managed match figures of 13/163 in a losing effort in the 2nd Test of the 1901/02 series. The game was played at the magnificent Melbourne Cricket Ground and saw Australia win by 229 runs, despite Barnes' best efforts.

  5. 5 England famously won the fifth Test in 1902 by 1 wicket, but in what year was a second Test decided by the same margin?

    1. 1907/08
    2. 1928/29
    3. 1981
    4. 2005


    After England's 1 wicket win in 1902, they would repeat the feat in Melbourne just six years later.

    England were set a target of 282 to win and got there with just 1 wicket to spare. At the crease when the winning run was scored were Sydney Barnes, who scored 38, and Arthur Fielder, who scored 18 runs.

  6. 6 Which player has played in the most Ashes Test matches without being part of a win?

    1. Norman Yardley
    2. Robin Smith
    3. Ciss Parkin
    4. Ray Bright

    Robin Smith

    This is probably the record you'd rather not have to your name, but unfortunately for Robin Smith, he played in 15 Ashes Test matches without ever being part of a winning side.

    Smith's run went from 1989 to 1993 and comprised 11 losses and 4 draws.

  7. 7 During the 2002/03 series, Michael Vaughan managed a big score in a losing effort at Adelaide, but how many runs did he score in his first innings knock?

    1. 153
    2. 171
    3. 177
    4. 189


    Despite his side losing the Test match by an innings and 51 runs, Michael Vaughan managed a tremendous 177 runs in the first innings of the 2nd Test in Adelaide.

    With little help, his knock took his side to 10/342 before Australia smacked their way to 9/552 declared to set up a memorable win.

  8. 8 Who has played in the most Ashes Test matches?

    1. Syd Gregory
    2. Steve Waugh
    3. Allan Border
    4. Colin Cowdrey

    Syd Gregory

    Between 1890-1912, Syd Gregory managed to play a grand total of 52 Test matches for Australia, some feat considering he only played 58 Tests in his career.

    Gregory's 58 Test matches saw a return of 2282 runs at an average of 24.53 and 0/33 from just five overs.

  9. 9 Who took more Ashes wickets, Greg Chappell or Geoff Boycott?

    1. Greg Chappell
    2. Geoff Boycott
    3. They both took no Ashes wickets

    Greg Chappell

    While both predominantly known as batsmen throughout their Test careers, Greg Chappell took 47 Test wickets, 5 of which came in Ashes Tests.

    Geoff Boycott managed just 2 wickets in Ashes combat.

  10. 10 Which ground has hosted the most Ashes Test matches?

    1. Melbourne Cricket Ground
    2. Lords
    3. Kennington Oval (The Oval)
    4. Sydney Cricket Ground

    Sydney Cricket Ground

    One of the most iconic and picturesque grounds in world cricket, the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) has played host to 47 Ashes Test matches.

    In contrast, the MCG has hosted 45, while Lords and the Oval have both hosted 32 Ashes Tests.

  11. 11 What was the name of the English journalist who penned a mock obituary for the Sporting Times newspaper, leading to the coining of the term 'the Ashes?'

    1. Roger Wordsworth
    2. Reginald Brooks
    3. Ryan Seater
    4. Geoff Pickett

    Reginald Brooks

    Following the daring deeds of Fred Spofforth, English journalist Reginald Brooks pens a mock obituary for the Sporting Times newspaper:

    "In affectionate remembrance of English cricket, which died at The Oval, 29th August, 1882. Deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing friends and acquaintances, R.I.P. N.B. The body will be cremated and the Ashes taken to Australia."

  12. 12 In what year did Sir Donald Bradman manage to score 300 runs in a days play?

    1. 1928
    2. 1929
    3. 1930
    4. 1931


    Coming in after the early loss of Archie Jackson, Bradman was 105 not out at lunch. He then scored 115 between lunch and tea and 89 between tea and stumps to be 309 not out at the end of the first day.

  13. 13 Off which bowler did Glenn McGrath take his spectacular outfield catch at the Adelaide Oval in 2002?

    1. Jason Gillespie
    2. Stuart McGill
    3. Shane Warne
    4. Andrew Bichel

    Shane Warne

    Glenn McGrath took his famous diving catch of the bowling of his good mate and long-time partner in crime, Shane Warne.

  14. 14 In 2010–11, England won the series in Australia, but which bowler took the most wickets in the series?

    1. James Anderson
    2. Mitchell Johnson
    3. Chris Tremlett
    4. Graeme Swann

    James Anderson

    Dangerous quick bowler James Anderson topped the wicket chart in the series with 24 scalps.

    Chris Tremlett took 17 wickets while Mitchell Johnson and Graeme Swann both took 15.

  15. 15 Who did Dennis Lillee suggest should captain Australia in the wake of their 2005 Ashes defeat?

    1. Glenn McGrath
    2. Michael Clarke
    3. Adam Gilchrist
    4. Shane Warne

    Shane Warne

    Writing in Perth's The West Australian, he stated that all who perpetrated this "disaster" must be sacked, and Shane Warne be appointed the captain in place of Ponting. 

    Writing in Perth's The West Australian, he stated that all who perpetrated this "disaster" must be sacked, and Shane Warne be appointed the captain in place of Ponting

  16. 16 England's Jim Laker once took 19 wickets in an Ashes Test, but who took the other Australian scalp in that match?

    1. Trevor Bailey
    2. Brian Statham
    3. Tony Lock
    4. Alan Oakman

    Tony Lock

    During Australia's first innings, in which they 84were dismissed for just 84 in response to England's imposing 10/459, Tony Lock took the wicket of opener Jim Burke thanks to a catch by Colin Cowdrey, denying Jim Laker all 20 wickets in the Test match.

  17. 17 During the 2005 Ashes, Australia lost the second Test in Birmingham by just two runs, but how did Shane Warne lose his wicket in the second innings?

    1. Caught & bowled
    2. Hit wicket
    3. Run out
    4. Timed out

    Hit wicket

    With Australia chasing 281 to win, they were dismissed agonizingly close, for just 279. Along the way, off the bowling of Freddie Flintoff, Warne was out hit wicket after scoring a hard-fought 42 runs.

  18. 18 Which Player ended up in a Psychiatric Hospital in Perth on 1994/95 tour after trashing his hotel room?

    1. Joey Benjamin
    2. Michael Atherton
    3. Phil Tufnell
    4. Devon Malcolm

    Phil Tufnell

    Notoriously, during the 1994-95 Ashes series, with his private life in more chaos than usual and having recently been hit in the face with a half-brick by a girlfriend's irate father, he went off the rails so spectacularly in Perth that he was checked into a psychiatric hospital.

  19. 19 What was the name of the substitute fielder who ran out Australian skipper Ricky Ponting at Trent Bridge during the 2005 series?

    1. Dale Benkenstein
    2. Gary Pratt
    3. Alan Richardson
    4. Robert Key

    Gary Pratt

    Pratt is most famous for his run out of Australian captain Ricky Ponting at Trent Bridge in the 2005 Ashes series. Brought on to field as a substitute, Pratt was fielding at cover when Damien Martyn tapped the ball in his direction and attempted a quick single. Pratt duly threw down the stumps at the striker's end with Ponting considerably short of his ground.

  20. 20 Who was the bowler when Steve Waugh scored his ton on the last ball at the Sydney Cricket Ground?

    1. Stuart Jones
    2. Andy Caddick
    3. Matthew Hoggard
    4. Richard Dawson

    Richard Dawson

    After a tough series in which he was often brutally disrespected by the Aussie batsman, Richard Dawson was the man Waugh smashed away to the boundary on the last ball of the day to bring up a famous ton.

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