England's 5 Most Remarkable Test Wins That Followed Crushing Defeats

Chris Bradshaw@@BradshawCDFeatured ColumnistJuly 25, 2014

England's 5 Most Remarkable Test Wins That Followed Crushing Defeats

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    In a year of embarrassing Test performances, England plummeted to new depths against India at Lord's.

    With major question marks about an inexperienced batting line-up, a misfiring pace attack and, of course, the form and tactical acumen of skipper Alastair Cook, the bright, new era of English cricket seems a long way off.

    Despite England's all too apparent flaws, there is a glimmer of light for supporters ahead of Sunday's third Test at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. The home side have a history of following the ridiculous with the sublime.

    Read on for five remarkable England Test wins that followed crushing defeats.

    The selections are based on quality of opposition, state of the series, severity of the previous defeat and the conditions. 

West Indies vs. England, Barbados 1994

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    Set a victory target of just 194 in Trinidad in 1994, England looked on course for a rare victory in the Caribbean.

    Two hours of Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh-inspired mayhem later, and England were utterly humiliated. Blown away for just 46, it was the second-lowest total ever recorded by England in the five-day game.

    The omens weren't good heading into the next match in Barbados, a venue where England hadn't won for almost 60 years.

    Centuries in both innings from Alec Stewart and an inspired spell of eight for 53 from Angus Fraser helped turn the form and history books on their heads as England won by 208 runs. 

Australia vs. England, Melbourne 1998

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    England's 1998/99 Ashes challenge looked in complete disarray following a heavy defeat in Adelaide. The visitors suffered two serious collapses in the match, losing seven for 40 in the first innings and five for 16 in the second.

    This was without having to face Shane Warne, who was injured.

    Mark Taylor's men looked set to take a 3-0 series lead in the next match in Sydney.

    Needing just 175 to win, the Aussies were cruising at 130 for three.

    Dean Headley then bowled the spell of his career as the home side crumbled, losing their last seven wickets for just 32 runs, to give England a surprise 12-run win

England vs. West Indies, Lord's 2000

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    The West Indies hadn't lost a Test series against England for more than 30 years when Jimmy Adams' side arrived in 2000.

    That record looked set to continue after the visitors trounced the hosts by an innings and 93 runs in the series opener at Edgbaston.

    England were long odds to turn things around at Lord's, especially after giving up a first-innings deficit of 133 runs. Andrew Caddick, Darren Gough and Dominic Cork got a measure of revenge for the Trinidad humiliation, though, dismissing the visitors for just 54 in their second innings.

    Chasing a target of 188, England squeaked home by just two wickets, thanks largely to an unbeaten 33 from Cork.

    The West Indian aura of invincibility had been broken, and the Wisden Trophy was back in English hands three Tests later. 

England vs. Australia, The Oval 2009

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    Australia had all the momentum heading into the Ashes decider at The Oval in 2009 after a crushing victory at Headingley.

    Despite winning the toss, the home side were routed for just 102 in the first innings and couldn't recover, eventually losing by an innings and 80 runs.

    After putting in one of their worst performances under captain Andrew Strauss at Leeds, they managed one of their best a game later.

    Helped by a nerveless century from debutant Jonathan Trott, the Australians' unfathomable decision not to pick a spinner and a memorable spell from Stuart Broad, England won by 197 runs and reclaimed the Ashes. 

India vs. England, Mumbai 2012

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    It looked like it was going to be a long few weeks for England on their 2012 tour of India after a torrid series opener in Ahmedabad.

    Thrashed by nine wickets in the first Test, the visitors arrived at Mumbai facing a dust bowl. Just as England's seamers misfired when offered perfect conditions at Lord's last week, so did India's spinners on a Wankhede turner.

    Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann took 19 of the 20 Indian wickets to fall, and Kevin Pietersen and Alastair Cook scored centuries as England cruised home by 10 wickets.

    Another big century from Cook in the next game in Kolkata helped England to a seven-wicket win and gave the visitors their first series victory in India for 28 years.