The Australian cricket team
toured England in 1993 aiming to retain The Ashes
for a second consecutive occasion, having successfully defended them on home turf in the 1990/91 season.
Six Test match
were scheduled, of which Australia won four and England
one, with one match drawn. Australia won the Texaco Trophy
series that preceded the Tests 3-0.
The gulf in quality between the sides was vast, and was emphasised by the fact that nine of Australia's team played all six tests, while England used 24 players in the series, including seven debutants. One of the surprises among the inconsistent selection was the regular selection of Alec Stewart
as wicketkeeper and middle-order batsman, rather than a specialist wicketkeeper that would allow Stewart to open the batting.
Coming off a complete mauling in the sub-continent
, England were low in confidence, and even their star performer in India and Sri Lanka, Graeme Hick
, was still considered to be fighting for his place, judging by comments to the media by coach Keith Fletcher
. Graham Gooch
resigned the captaincy after the Fourth Test, once the series was decided, and Mike Atherton
led the side in the final two tests, winning the Sixth, at The Oval
First Test (3–7 June)
Four players debuted in the First Test: Andy Caddick
and Peter Such
for England and Brendon Julian
and Michael Slater
for the... Read More