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The Ashes: 1972 - Fast And Furious [VHS]
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Coverage of the 1972 England versus Australia Test Series.
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on 25 August 2011
This is an excellent old fashioned cricket video, containing generous highlights of the 1972 England v Australia test series with little additional comment. The quality of the film, for such an early BBC colour broadcast (colour broadcasts of cricket began only in 1970), and for a VHS tape, is very good, though there are a few errors in the captions. The series was drawn 2-2 (strangely there has been no drawn Ashes series since). It is remembered for the match at Lords in which Bob Massie, on debut, became the first Australian bowler to take 16 wickets in a test, but there were many other notable performances. For England Basil D'Oliveira, Mike Smith, and other stalwarts of the 1960s made their final appearances in tests, and Tony Greig made his debut, while for Australia Dennis Lillee, with 31 wickets, was the outstanding contributor. By modern standards the pitches on which the series was played look green, mottled, and uneven: at Headingly England won by 9 wickets when Derek Underwood took 10-82 on a pitch allegedly affected by the growth of a fungus. It is also noticeable that attendances, outside London, were poor, compared with the sell-outs regularly achieved for modern England-Australia test matches in England. If you like cricket and can find a copy of this tape, buy it!