Boxing Day Test Memorable Moments #13 鈥 Reid destroys England

December 6, 2012
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Boxing Day Test Memorable Moments #13 鈥 Reid destroys England

Bruce Reid turned the 1990 Ashes series on its head in what the English team manager would later describe as 50 minutes of madness.

In the lead in to the 2012 Boxing Day Test, Cricket Victoria is counting down the 20 most memorable moments from the MCG.

Named one of the seven wonders of the sporting world in 2009, the ‘G plays hosts to Victoria’s international schedule each year and the Boxing Day Test is the jewel in the international calendar.

For further information on this year’s international fixtures at the ‘G, click here.

Reid claimed 7-51 in the second innings, to finish with match figures of 13-148, the best in a Boxing Day Test.

A century from David Gower helped England amass 352 in the first innings with Reid delivering 39 overs to pick up 6-97.

Australia’s top order all got starts but no one could post a big score as Allan Border (62) and Mark Taylor (61) top-scored.

English paceman Angus Fraser ripped through the tail with 6-82 as England went into their second innings with a 46-run lead.

That lead would stretch to 193 when the tourists were 4-147 at the tea break on the fourth day before the “50 minutes of madness”.

Reid and Greg Matthews claimed 6-3 from 12 overs after the resumption of play as England self-destructed to be all out for 150, setting Australia 197 for the victory.

Two early wickets gave England hope before Geoff Marsh and David Boon shared in a 187-run unbroken stand to lead Australia to a win in the final session off the match. 

Reid would repeat his 1990 heroics the following summer when he grabbed 12-126 against India.

In four Tests at the home of cricket, Reid took a remarkable 35 wickets at an average of 13.57.

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#14 – Warne’s arrival
#15 – Ponting at his finest
#16 – Yallop’s marathon
#17 – South Africa’s finest win
#18 – Dodemaide’s debut
#19 – Tendulkar masterclass
#20 – Pattinson and Siddle lead the attack

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